There was some concern about one of the Tar Heels most important commits from 2020 class on Thursday night when he received a brand new offer.
2020 4✮ DUAL Tar Heel commit Jacolby Criswell received an offer from Auburn University, which he made official on social media shortly before 10:00 PM yesterday evening. Many were expecting this offer to come, especially after the Tigers lost backup quarterback Joey Gatewood to the transfer portal following the emergence of true freshman Bo Nix. Criswell told Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports that he had been in contact with the Auburn coaching staff for the last few months and that he definitely feels wanted by the staff, especially since Gatewood’s departure. Criswell also confirmed that he was in attendance for the Tigers meeting with Oregon earlier this season in Atlanta.
While that may bring about some concerns now that the Tigers have offiically extended the offer, Criswell did confirm to the Heel Tough Blog shortly after the news of the offer that he is still solidly committed to Mack Brown and his staff. “I am Tar Heel,” Criswell messaged us last night. “Nothing to worry about.”
There is definitely reason to believe that Criswell is still solidly committed to this class. He was on campus for the Tar Heels rivalry matchup with the Duke Blue Devils back on October 26th along with 2020 4✮ WR Ze’Vian Capers, a current Auburn commit, who took his official visit to campus. That visit seemed to strengthen Criswell commitment, as he has become more of a recruiting presence on social media for the Tar Heels.
While there is some concern about this offer, there should still be confidence about Criswell signing his LOI with the Tar Heels. Sam Howell’s success is what is driving the nervousness about him heading elsewhere, but Auburn is currently in a similar situation with Bo Nix looking like the three-year solution at quarterback. For that reason, as well as the Tar Heels lack of depth at the quarterback position, something that Auburn has plenty of and is adding to already in the 2020 and 2021 class, there is no reason to get anxious over this offer. This is recruiting, though, so it can’t completely be discounted.