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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Recruits react: Auburn-Alabama

By Derek Tyson and Gerry Hamilton

Many of the top recruits in the country were either in attendance or watching on television as Auburn defeated Alabama in one of the most thrilling Iron Bowl victories in the history of the memorable series. Recruits took to Twitter and other social media outlets to express their thoughts on the game. Here is a closer look at some of those reactions.

Auburn quarterback commit Sean White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) was at the game on an unofficial visit and said he was most impressed by Auburn’s resiliency and the leadership of head coach Gus Malzahn.

“Down the stretch Auburn has been a team that has refused to lose,” White said. “I think that’s the result of having a great leader in Coach Malzahn.”

ESPN Junior 300 athlete Kerryon Johnson (Madison, Ala./Madison Academy), the No. 26-ranked player in the country for next year, was also at the game and said he was most impressed with how competitive the game was.

“It was probably the the best atmosphere I’ve ever been in,” Johnson said. “Both teams played their hearts out.”

Another ESPN Junior 300 member, defensive tackle Kyle Phillips (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) sent out a few tweets with his thoughts on the exciting game.

Best game I've been all year #WarEagel #Rolltide

— kyle phillips#72 (@K72_Phillips) December 1, 2013

I'm still no believing that Auburn game today! It was so live

— kyle phillips#72 (@K72_Phillips) December 1, 2013

ESPN 300 running back Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock), the No. 108-ranked player in the country, has a top two of South Carolina and Tennessee but visited Auburn on Saturday. Auburn was hoping to make an impression on the talented back, and this game certainly didn’ t hurt. Here’s a picture of him at the game.

#ESPN300 RB Derrell Scott (Havelock, NC) after the #IronBowl. #SouthCarolina & #Vols top 2.

— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) December 1, 2013

Linebacker Jeffrey Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), an ESPN Junior 300 top-10 player, was actually visiting Florida on Saturday but tweeted that Auburn was his top school after the Iron Bowl ended.

Auburn aint my number 1 for no reason #wareagles

— JeffHolland JR (@holland_jeffery) December 1, 2013

One of Alabama’s key targets, cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), passed up an opportunity to attend the game. As expected, the five-star prospect regretted that decision.

I can't believe I passed up on going to this game WOWWWWW

— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) December 1, 2013

ESPN junior 300 defensive end Byron Cowart (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) has had Florida as his leader for some time. The talented defender took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Saturday and Cowart was impressed by what he saw.

#Auburn trip was great first time up an it was just great they Treated me like family fans an all great trip #WarWarEagle

— Byron Cowart (@ByronHawkStar99) December 1, 2013

Auburn’s miraculous turnaround from last season concluded with an epic victory in front of a national television audience. Momentum is clearly swinging in Auburn’s direction both on the field and now in recruiting. An SEC Championship Game victory over Missouri would certainly help the Tigers finish their recruiting class on a strong note.