Safety Malik Greaves Decommits from Vandy, Sets Visit for Auburn

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 28, 2012

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Malik Greaves, a 6'2" safety from Jacksonville, FL., has decommitted from Vanderbilt Sunday, according to Barton Simmons of

When Malik Greaves committed to Vanderbilt in February of this year, he told Justin Barney of that he committed to the Commodores because, “First, I wanted to play in the SEC and second, I wanted to get a good degree,”

Auburn is thought to be Greaves' new leader. He has an official visit planned for Auburn on November 9th, which is the weekend the Tigers play the Georgia Bulldogs.

The 4-star prospect is considered to be the 15th-best safety and the 71st-best player from the state of Florida in the 2013 class by He holds offers from West Virginia, Wisconsin, UNC, Duke and several other Division I schools.

Greaves runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and, at 205 pounds, has the size to play for any SEC team. says of him:

Greaves is a punishing, run-support defender with the athleticism and playing speed needed to play both zone and man coverage. He has great size for the safety position at the major level of competition and his frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time.

Auburn already has 18 commits for the 2013 class, but they do not have a commit for the safety position.

The question is whether head coach Gene Chizik will be at Auburn University next season. The Tigers 1-7 record is unacceptable for such a prestigious program. If Chizik and his coaching staff is on the way out, there could be several commits looking elsewhere.

Greaves will have plenty of time to reevaluate his options in the coming months. College football recruiting is a crazy phenomenon, but most recruits do not recommit after opening up their recruitment. 


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