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Freeze key in White’s recruitment

AUBURN | Walker White had never attended a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium or even visited Auburn. The Tigers weren’t even a big part of his recruitment until Hugh Freeze was hired.

Less than 10 weeks later, White committed to Auburn as a centerpiece of its 2024 class.

“They offered me and were like, ‘We need to get you on campus.’ So I did,” said White of his January visit. “I had never been to Auburn before that. I have never been to a game there before. All I’ve heard is great things about it, though. When I went there for the visit, my relationship with the coaches grew a lot and I just fell in love with it when I was there.”

White started recruiting for Auburn immediately after his commitment.
White started recruiting for Auburn immediately after his commitment.

Freeze played a big role in White’s recruitment and his final decision.

“He’s done an outstanding job. He’s been relentless in contacting me,”said White of Freeze. “And all the other coaches have really made it clear that they want me as their guy for ’24 and that they have full trust that I can do whatever they need me to do in the offense that they’re putting together.

“I really felt that I was their guy. I didn’t have one question in my head about Auburn. I am fully confident in what Coach Freeze and his offensive staff can do to develop me.”

White, rated a 4-star and the nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, chose the Tigers over Clemson and Baylor. In addition to Freeze, White also credited offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, quality control assistant Kent Austin and senior offensive analyst Jesse Stone for making a difference in his recruitment.

“Coach Freeze is a very energetic guy and you can tell that when you’re around him. Just the staff he’s put together is really exciting,” said White. “Coach Montgomery is a great offensive mind who coached RG3. He brought on Ken Austin and Coach Stone, who are really geniuses about the game and quarterbacks.

“Yes, it’s about Coach Freeze and his mind about offense, but it’s also the guys around him that make it exciting. Coach Freeze is a fun guy to be around, but he also told me that he will really push me and really try to make me my best. That’s really all I want out of a coach.”

During White’s announcement last Friday, he named 14 top targets he wants to join him in Auburn’s class. The group included tight end Martavious Collins, who de-committed from Alabama Monday.

"I’ve already started getting to work with some of the guys I mentioned. Just trying to get them to come onboard with us," he said. "You know, we can’t win national championships without elite athletes around the quarterback … So I just took the opportunity to shout those guys out and let them know Auburn wants them bad.”

White plans to return for a practice this spring and is looking forward to attending his first game at Jordan-Hare this fall.