THOMSON, Ga. — Just two days after his official visit ended, Christian Tutt joined Auburn’s 2018 class.
The 4-star cornerback took an uncommon recruiting road to choose Auburn over Ohio State, Nebraska and others, but in the end, his experience on the Plains over the weekend proved to Tutt where he needed to be. Tutt’s commitment gives Auburn its 15th commitment in the 2018 class, which moves the Tiger up to No. 14 nationally in the team rankings.
Tutt attributes Auburn’s growing need at cornerback — plus proximity to home — as the primary reasons for his decision.
“It’s about what school fits me,” Tutt said. “The situation they’re in right now with guys trying to go to the league with some guys that don’t fully play corner and can fit in at safety, it’s a need right now. Without any corners in this class right now, they need me to come in as a mid-year and get into the system, get in the weight room, get bigger.”
Tutt’s recruitment, for the longest time, didn’t include Auburn.
The 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback narrowed it down to Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Nebraska during the spring. Tutt said he was close to a decision then, but many of those schools had to go back to the recruiting board to see where Tutt fit in priority-wise.
All the while, Auburn didn’t waver.
Kevin Steele and Greg Brown made sure to make their interest in Tutt known throughout the process, as the Tigers tried to figure out its own cornerback board. Tutt kept a close eye on Auburn and remained conscious of the Tigers’ prioritization despite having Nebraska and Ohio State as the public leaders.
“Auburn hasn’t stopped recruiting me hard since, even when I was going other places, I really wasn’t coming here, Auburn was still in it,” Tutt said. “Coach Brown came down in the spring and watched me practice and filmed me some. He’s a great guy. Of course he coached in the league and he knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s a great father figure and that’s exactly what I need coming to school.”
Tutt’s decision fills a major need for the Tigers.
Carlton Davis appears to be on the fast track to the NFL. Javaris Davis and Jamel Dean will soon be on the back end of their careers, so Auburn has a major hole at cornerback in the near future. Until now, the Tigers didn’t have any players committed in the 2018 class at cornerback.
Tutt changes that. But that depth-chart availability is a key reason for Tutt’s ultimate decision.
“That’s very important to me. Me coming from where I’m from, I’m trying to get on the field early. I’m trying to feed my family. I don’t want my mom to work anymore,” Tutt said. “I’m not that far from home, I’m three hours away from home and my parents can come up and see me play. That need meant a lot to me. It was an eye-opener for me.”
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