Sunday afternoon proved to be an unfortunate one for the Auburn Tigers and head coach Gus Malzahn as their 2015 recruiting class saw a member decommit. '15 safety Ben Edwards committed to the Tigers on April 19 of this year, but on Aug. 3, Edwards back tracked and stated on his Twitter feed that he would be decommitting from Auburn. Edwards originally decommitted from Ohio State earlier this year, which is when he first gave his pledge to the Tigers. Edwards says Auburn and OSU alike are still in the mix.
The four-star safety stands at 6'0, 196-pounds, and lists Stanford, UCLA, Ohio State, and Auburn as his full Top 4. Two of those schools, Ohio State and Auburn, have once had Edwards in their class at one time, but Edwards spurned both to continue his recruitment. Edwards ranks the 18th best safety in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite and the 41st best prospect at any position from the state of Florida.
This news leaves the Tigers with 18 total commitments for the class of 2015. They are expected to sign between 24-26 prospects for 2015 at this time. The recruiting class also still is ranked as the fifth best class in the country, behind Alabama, Texas A&M, Clemson, and South Carolina.
The Tigers still have another safety committed in this class, in four-star Jordan Colbert:
I am decommitting from Auburn. I have to do what's best for me. Auburn I thank y'all for everything but I have to move on.— Ben Edwards (@Ben_Edwards_) August 3, 2014