- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was fired on Sunday just two years removed from a national championship. Count AU cornerback commitment Kamryn Melton (Dothan, Ala./Dothan) among those surprised to hear the news.
“I was a little surprised,” he said. “I really thought they were going to give him another chance because of the recruiting class that we’ve got this year coming in. We were going to be able to change everything around. It was really just a business decision, and they had to do what they had to do.”
Melton, who committed to Auburn back in February, is now focused on keeping the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class together as they wait for the next head coach to be named.
“I’m still committed to Auburn,” Melton said. “I just want to see the next coach, who they’re going to bring in, and I’m really trying to make sure our recruiting class stays together, so we can make a big change at Auburn.”
The in-state cornerback wants all of Auburn’s current commitments to get together in the next few weeks and talk about the future. He already discussed the situation with ESPN 150 defensive lineman and fellow AU commitment Dee Liner on Sunday.
“We really just need to come together and talk about everything, what we need to do and what can we do to change Auburn around and make big things happen,” Melton said.
Although his commitment is solid, Melton said he intends to take visits to interested schools such as Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss before signing day. He’s also hoping to receive offers from Florida State and Georgia, who have both shown interest.
“I got invited to a couple of Georgia games, but I couldn’t make it,” Melton said. “With Florida State, they’re really the first school that started looking at me, and I fell in love with their campus and all that.”