Although Auburn football wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard is only making his debut into the world of coaching collegiate football this year, he’s already making a big impression on the Tigers’ 2022 signees.
Wide receivers Camden Brown and Omari Kelly won’t join the team on campus until this summer, but they’ve built strong relationships with their future position coach through the spring visits they’ve taken to the Plains and over the phone.
3-star Camden Brown was in town for Auburn football’s A-Day game this weekend a got a chance to sit in on a meeting with Hilliard and the receivers, and according to 247Sports, Brown can see himself succeeding in the Tigers’ WR room this fall:
"“It’s great,” Brown said of the addition of Hilliard. “He treats me like his little brother. We are just having fun. Even in the meetings he is locked in and focused every time I can highly fit in with this group. He has some fun, but he’s always connecting with us. He wants to keep our attention.”"
4-star Omari Kelly was committed to Auburn football before Hilliard joined the staff, but is a big fan of the addition. For Kelly, like many other wide receiver prospects, Hilliard’s experience in the NFL is a big deal when it comes to player development and getting to the pros:
"“It means a lot,” Kelly said. “Coming in to play for a coach that played in the pros and did really well in college, that’s big. It’s really important. It will help me with my development and all of the other receivers here.”"
While Auburn football’s wide receivers group still has much to prove heading into the 2022 season, both Kelly and Brown plan to be ready to contribute early on in hopes of becoming the Tigers’ next big playmaker at the WR position.