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Florida safety recaps initial visit to Auburn
Cortez Andrews has heard from everybody.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, given the 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety’s skill set, that he’s already been offered by Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville and others with programs such as Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame eager to host him on visits later this spring. Auburn got one of the first stabs at Andrews when he attended a junior day earlier this month.
Here’s how Andrews describes his initial Auburn interest.
“Just the fact that, growing up, I was a big fan of the SEC. Auburn was one of the heavyweights. That’s one of the big schools I grew up watching. Just coming up to see it for the first time was amazing,” Andrews said. “This is my first time coming up here, and I really enjoyed it, the coaches and the whole environment. So I’ll definitely be back up here.”
Auburn offered Andrews before he entered his sophomore season.
The Tallahassee, Fla., native followed it up with back-to-back impressive seasons. That has brought other teams into the fold. The Tigers have hung around consistently, communicating a “little bit every other week.”
“I’ve been hearing from Auburn a lot,” Andrews said. “Coach Kodi Burns, he’s my recruiting coordinator, so we talk. We text. We Snapchat. He checks up on me all the time, asks me how I’m doing. He texts me a lot.”
Auburn’s communication is “about the same” from all the other schools recruiting him, Andrews said.
Andrews won’t linger on his decision.
The No. 18-ranked safety in the nation will take a couple visits this spring to Ole Miss, Georgia and Florida before honing in on a college decision. He admitted there are a few more offers this spring that could adjust his timeline, but Andrews expects to know where he’ll go to school before he starts his senior year. He plans to take his official visits during the new spring window.
Auburn staked its claim with its typical sales pitch.
“Family. Family is everything up here. I really enjoyed that. I really liked that,” Andrews said.”
Georgia DB hopeful for an offer
Jalyn Phillips knows Auburn well.
The 4-star defensive back from Lawrenceville, Ga., in the last two years, has attended Auburn games, attended Auburn camps and now attended an Auburn junior day. Phillips has been on the Plains for almost every moment underclassmen are expected to be on campus.
Now the question surfaces: Will Auburn follow the lead of Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee and others?
Those are just a few of the 38 programs that have already offered Phillips. Auburn hasn’t yet despite several visits.
Phillips remains hopeful the Tigers will.
“They want me to keep coming back up here and keep building relationships with coaches and everything. They said it should be coming soon,” Phillips said. “It would definitely mean a lot since it’s an SEC school. I’ve been here a lot. Auburn is a top school.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety is being recruited to Auburn as a versatile corner-safety hybrid. So far, Alabama and Oklahoma are the two programs recruiting him the hardest. According to Phillips, he’d like to make a decision in the summer right before his senior season, so if Auburn is going to offer, the Tigers will need to do so sooner rather than later.
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