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Class of 2025 4-star DL Malik Autry commits to Auburn: 'Auburn is home'

Jeffrey Leeby:Jeffrey Lee02/01/23

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Class of 2025 four-star defensive lineman Malik Autry has committed to Auburn.

Autry, from nearby Opelika, announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter. He chose Auburn over offers from Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Kentucky and Georgia Tech, among others.

“Auburn is home,” Autry told Auburn Live. “My parents have been by my side since I was a baby. I’ve always had their support. Knowing I can go to a school that is right down the road is mind blowing. It’s an opportunity I don’t know how anyone could pass up.”

Autry certainly isn’t. Proximity to home, however, isn’t the only reason he chose the Tigers.

“Auburn is a great school,” he said. “They have great coaches and great fans. The fans are super loyal. I grew up around Auburn my whole life and no matter who the coach is, who the players are, everyone loves them unconditionally.”

Autry also thinks Hugh Freeze will get Auburn back to a championship-caliber program.

“I definitely think Coach Freeze is going to do big things at Auburn soon,” he said. “And I definitely want to be a part of that.”

New offer, new relationships big reasons for Autry to Auburn

Autry on Saturday visited Auburn for Junior Day. It was then that he received an offer from the new staff, including first-year defensive line coach Jeremy Garrett and defensive line assistant Vontrell King-Williams.

“I’m definitely looking forward to playing under Coach Garrett,” he said. “He’s very genuine and a great guy. I can tell already. I think he’s a big reason I chose Auburn. The little he showed me just from Saturday tells me that we’re going to see a lot out of the d-line.

“Everything he says is super real, super genuine. He’s not going to tell you anything that’s not true or act a certain way. He acts the same with everybody and shows a lot of love. Coach (King-Williams) is the same way.”

Autry, who is 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, could project at several positions along the defensive line.

“It really depends on how much bigger I get,” he said. “I can play anywhere on the d-line, from tackle out to edge.”

Autry is the first commitment in the Tigers’ ’25 class.

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