The recruitment of 4* ILB Tadarian Moultry of Jackson-Olin in Birmingham has been interesting. The prospect had said that both Auburn and Alabama led for his commitment at various points over the last few weeks. He's visited both schools multiple times since January. He camped at Auburn's Junior Day and has been back three times for unofficial visits. He's also visited Alabama numerous times.
Today, at his school, he made his choice and decided to pick the Auburn Tigers.
Moultry, 6'2, 225 lbs, is a composite 4* inside linebacker according to 247Sports. He's the #9 ILB in the nation and the #12 recruit in the state of Alabama. He boasted offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Missouri, among others.
So, I really like this kid in the first few seconds of his highlight video. He runs through people. He uses some serious athleticism to chase the ball carrier down wherever he goes. He wraps up and follows through on tackles. He looks like he's exactly the kind of person Travis Williams wants who will "run through the ball carrier's soul."
Moultry is commitment #4 for Auburn's 2017 recruiting cycle and the first since August of 2015. Auburn really needed a commitment in this class to get things restarted; particularly with Big Cat Weekend coming up in early June. It would be nice to have some momentum going into that event.
As with any player who commits this early, especially one who has gone back and forth in what he tells reporters on who his leader is, the car is not in the garage just yet. Look no further than what happened with Texas A&M earlier this week for how crazy recruiting can be these days.
Moultry's pledge bumps Auburn up from 45th in the nation to 40th. It moves the Tigers up from 11th in the SEC to 10th, and one spot behind Florida. Yes, that's really low. It's four commitments out of a class of probably 24-26. It's always slow to an extent this early.