Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers have received their first 2014 commitment, as 4-star running back Kamryn Pettway, a former Florida State commitment, has verbally pledged to the Tigers.
Pettway is a big-time commitment for the Tigers in many ways, and stealing him away from Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles has to feel pretty good for Malzahn and his staff. Florida State is without a doubt one of the bigger recruiting draws in the country under Fisher, so landing Pettway is yet another indication that Malzahn belongs amongst the best of the best recruiters in the nation.
Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com reports on the commitment:
Pettway visited Auburn's Junior Day last weekend and visited again on Sunday. His last visit sealed the deal.
"After I came for another visit, I loved the experience. I like the coaches, I feel very comfortable and it's close to home. I grew up an Auburn fan. I can stay close to home and play in the SEC," said Pettway.
"It feels awesome to be the first commitment in the new class. I can help bring in more recruits."
Pettway was formerly committed to Florida State before decommitting last week.
What, exactly, does Pettway bring to Auburn as a commitment?
The first factor is somewhat obvious, but it's an extremely important point to consider: Now that Auburn has landed one top-notch commitment, others are soon to follow.
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Pettway also brings a lot to Auburn as a football player.
He has tremendous size 6'0'', 224 pounds, and he has all the makings of a true power back. He'll be very tough to take down because of his size alone, but he combines that with good agility, vision and footwork.
Overall, this is a huge pickup for Malzahn and the Tigers. And Auburn is poised to start the 2014 recruiting cycle in the same way it finished 2013: as one of the hottest recruiting programs in the nation.