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4-star Georgia LB commit Demarcus Riddick makes quick Thursday visit to Auburn

Cole Pinkstonby:Cole Pinkston04/20/23


Auburn, on Thursday, was paid a visit by one of its top overall targets on the board. Demarcus Riddick, a 4-star Georgia linebacker commit from Clanton (Ala.) Chilton County, made his first trip back to Auburn since mid-March.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say he is the top defensive target in the class of 2024 for the Tigers.

Not only are Auburn and Georgia high on Riddick, so are the recruiting networks.

Riddick is the No. 39 overall player in the country, the No. 3 linebacker in the country, and the No. 5 player in the state of Alabama according to the On3 Industry Rankings which average all recruiting service rankings together.

Riddick had something come up and was unable to make it to Auburn’s A-Day game as he had planned to do, at least publicly, since his last visit to Auburn in March.

So, Riddick made it to campus Thursday to have a little more face time with Auburn coaches and to see more of campus he told Auburn Live.

Riddick has been unable to get a full feel of the campus, or get a whole lot of one-on-one time with coaches as he was part of a big group of visitors when at campus his last two times. Thursday was a better chance to do those things.

A chance to look harder at academic side

Riddick wanted to get a better look at the academics side of things at Auburn.

“It went good, all I did was visit the academic part of the school and stuff like that,” Riddick said.

As Riddick told Auburn Live in an in-person meeting back in February, engineering is a field he can see himself in one day. He has family that do the same and has always been interested. Auburn could provide that major.

“I’ve been thinking like mechanical engineering, engineering, or business,” Riddick said.

According to Riddick, his position coach Josh Aldridge and Tigers’ coach Hugh Freeze are the main communicators, and neither have let up with him.

“Both of them, Coach Freeze and Coach Aldridge,” Riddick said.

He spent time with Aldridge during his short Thursday trip.

“We talked about plays, just going over plays, their plays,” Riddick said. “That’s really about it.”

When asked where Auburn stands, Riddick said the Tigers were in his top group.

“Auburn is still in my top three I can say that,” Riddick said.

Riddick told Auburn Live in March that Freeze was going to be the head coach that recruiting him hardest. The message and the love have not changed.

This was the message according to Riddick in March: “It’s basically been to stay being humble and pretty much develop. He says he’s going to be the head coach that recruits me hardest,” Riddick said of Freeze.

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