While Auburn isn’t the top choice right now, the Tigers are “real tight” with Georgia in securing the services of defensive tackle Nazir Stackhouse.
A four-star prospect according to 247Sports composite rankings, Stackhouse has been committed to the Bulldogs for over a year. However, the Tigers – as well as Tennessee – remain firmly planted in the top three schools the 6-foot-3, 306-pound defensive tackle from Decatur, Ga., is considering.
As it stands, Auburn and Georgia stand atop the board for the rising senior.
During Big Cat Weekend at Auburn, the Tigers’ coaching staff helped cement the school’s status with Stackhouse by showcasing more than just what it means to be a Tiger on the football field.
“I like when they talk about family. They’re serious about that,” Stackhouse said. “A lot of players come back after they go to the NFL. That shows how much Auburn family is out there. The coaches show all the love for the players, even the recruits they haven’t offered, yet. You can see that during the events we were doing here.”
Even though he is “100 percent” committed to Georgia, Stackhouse has spent more time on the Plains than he has in Athens so far this year.
“I’ve actually visited Auburn more than I’ve visited Georgia, honestly,” he said. “This year, I’ve only been to Georgia once. This is my third time coming here.”
While he is primarily focusing on just the three schools, Auburn’s coaching staff has played a consistent role in Stackhouse’s decision that he plans to make a month before National Signing Day in February.
“I’ve known Coach (Rodney) Gardner and Coach (Larry) Porter for two years already,” Stackhouse said. “They both came up to my school and visited to see how I’m doing in class, school and stuff. Fortunately I’m doing great right now. But they make sure my family is good and ask how my mother is doing. I told them she’s okay. The relationship with the coaches is really good.”
This weekend’s trip will not be his last. He is planning an official visit back at Auburn in mid-June. The only other official visits he currently has planned are to Georgia and Tennessee.
According to the composite rankings, Stackhouse is the 24th ranked defensive tackle in the country and the 25th best product from the state of Georgia. The Tigers have one commitment so far for the Class of 2020 along the defensive line. Three-star defensive end Daniel Foster-Allen from St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile committed to Auburn in February.