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4-star pass rusher Keldric Faulk sets commitment date

Keith Niebuhr06/23/22
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Could Auburn be close to landing an elite edge rusher?

Four-star target Keldric Faulk of Highland Home (Ala.), a priority recruit for coach Bryan Harsin’s staff, told Auburn Live on Thursday he plans to announce his commitment July 5.

Faulk, listed at 6-foot-6 and 243 pounds, is the No. 9 prospect in Alabama and No. 63 overall player nationally for the On3 Consensus. At this time, the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine projects him to Auburn (81.5 percent) with Florida State next at 7.1 percent.

Faulk officially visited the Tigers on June 10-12.

“It was great. I had a really great time, which I expected to,” he said. “I liked sitting in the offense, knowing the scheme, what I would play and how I would fit in.”

Faulk spent lots of time with Auburn edge coach Roc Bellantoni during the visit. The two have developed a strong bond throughout Faulk’s recruitment.

“He’s a real great guy,” Faulk said. “He’s one of my favorite coaches.”

Faulk said recently he would return to Auburn in July

At the time, Faulk said he would return to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend. Should that hold true, the recruiting event takes place three weeks after his commitment date.

Faulk also has made official visits to Clemson and Florida. This weekend, he will travel to FSU.

Some insiders think this is an Auburn-FSU battle. At last check, our intel suggested the Tigers were the team to beat.

Faulk is an elite edge rusher in the 2023 class

Here is Faulk’s On3 scouting summary: Developmental jumbo athlete with the size and tools to develop into a disruptive pass rusher. Has a big frame, measuring at over 6-foot-5 and around 245 pounds with a 81-inch wing-span prior to his junior season. A coordinated, fluid athlete who plays on both sides of the ball as a pass rusher and receiver for his high school. Shows a burgeoning skill set as a pass rusher off the edge. Has quickness and shows the ability to win with his hands despite lacking technical polish. Also flashes athleticism as a pass catcher with the speed to pull away from defensive backs in the open field. Will need to continue developing both physically and technically. Has plenty of room to add muscle as he is relatively undeveloped in terms of muscle mass. Plays a lower level of competition at the high school level and may need time to adjust to the uptick in competition once in college. Younger for the cycle, not turning 17-years-old until his senior season.

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