The Auburn Tigers landed a pledge from one of the nation's top underclassmen Thursday. Impressive running back prospect Jalin Buie gave his verbal commitment to the reigning SEC champions, according to ESPN reporter Derek Tyson.
He is the second member of Auburn's 2016 recruiting class, joining defensive end Landon Rice (Rome, Ga.). These players can't officially sign with the university until their senior year of high school.
Buie emerged as a nationwide target at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., where he led the team with 1,527 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. The sophomore standout rushed for 98 yards and a score in the Florida 3A state championship game.
His efforts quickly warranted several scholarship offers. Buie's list of options currently includes South Carolina, Penn State, Louisville and Tennessee.
He announced his commitment Thursday, along with two Trinity Christian teammates.
Auburn currently has an excellent outlook at the running back position.
Heisman finalist Tre Mason may return to the team next season. If he decides to depart for the NFL, 5-star prospect Racean Thomas will be ready to take on an immediate role next fall.
With a commitment from Buie, the Tigers appear to be in tremendous shape in the backfield for years to come.