Following a Sunday morning visit with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, four-star running back Kamryn Pettway flipped his commitment from Florida State to play his college football in The Plains.
According to AL.com, the decision of the 6-foot, 224-pound Prattville, Ala. native to join the Tigers in 2014 is Malzahn’s very first commitment for the 2014 recruiting cycle.
“I had a nice time there and I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and it’s close to home,” Pettway told Auburn Undercover. “I always wanted to play in the SEC. I like the spirit of Auburn.”
Pettway had originally pledged his commitment to the Seminoles during FSU’s Junior Day on February 16. However, verbal commitments are meaning less and less in a day and age of ruthless recruiting throughout college football, and Pettway was obviously not set on Florida State despite his earlier decision.
Currently rated as the No. 30 running back prospect in the nation, according to 247Sports, Pettway rushed for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns as a high school junior. He also has an offer on the table from Georgia.
Tre Mason was one of Auburn’s few bright spots in 2012, rushing for 1,002 yards as a sophomore. He will be the team’s go-to guy as a junior, and after that he will have a decision to make. If he heads to the NFL, Pettway may have a shot at seeing the field as a true freshman. If Mason decides to stick around, Pettway still won’t have to wait too long to try to record some reps with the Tigers.
As for Malzahn, the newly hired coach was forced to scramble to piece together his first recruiting class. The commitment of Pettway is a step in the right direction as the program takes a full year to put together its 2014 group of student-athletes.