The defending SEC Champion Auburn Tigers, who reached the BCS National Championship Game, falling to the Florida State Seminoles 34-31 in an instant classic, have seen their surprising success in just one year under head coach Gus Malzahn pay off on the recruiting trail. On Thursday, they went in the talent-rich state of Florida and scooped up another commitment, earning a pledge from 3-Star defensive back Chris Westry.
Westry visited Auburn over the weekend and picked up an offer. He believes the Tigers’ coaches love his competitiveness.
“One thing that Coach [Gus] Malzhan said was that I was competitive,” Westry said Sunday. “I didn’t let a guy catch a ball on me and let that change my whole attitude. Bad things are going to happen; it’s how you come back and attack the situation. I was competitive and I made plays on the ball.”
The 6’4, 180-pounder is from Orange Park, Florida and attends Oakleaf High School.
Westry’s decision was announced via the team’s twitter account.
— Oakleaf Football (@OakleafFootball) July 24, 2014
Westry is ranked as the country’s 102nd-best safety prospect, the 191st-best overall prospect in the state of Florida and is the 1,347th-ranked overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Westry picked up an offer from the Florida Gators and many expected the local favorites to land Westry, so his commitment was a bit of a surprise. Westry is the 18th commitment for the Tigers in the class of 2015 and their class now ranks sixth nationally.