Earlier this week, Auburn football fans were not too happy on X, formerly known as Twitter, when one of the Tigers’ 2024 commits announced that his commitment was still 100 percent open despite his pledge to Auburn.
Today, it was announced by recruiting expert Hayes Fawcett that J’Marion Burnette has officially back off his pledge to Auburn football. The Andalusia prospect is ranked as the #255 overall prospect and the #18 running back in the recruiting class of 2024. He is the #14 recruit out of the state of Alabama.
Burnette has received over 20 offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, and more, but committed to the Tigers back in March. He is the third prospect to decommit from Auburn’s class of 2024 after defensive back Jayden Lewis reopened his recruitment and ATH Jalewis Solomon flipping his pledge to South Carolina, where he was originally thought to commit.
Though losing commits is never a fun thing, the Tigers still have plenty of running backs to get the job done. There are currently four running backs on scholarship in Jarquez Hunter, Damari Alston, Brian Battie, and Jeremiah Cobb, and all four would be eligible to return next season.
Auburn football has also hosted several other running back prospects, including Clemson commit David Eziomume, who has visited the Plains twice this fall, and Miami commit Kevin Riley, who has visited once.
Despite the loss of running back J’Marion Burnette, the Tigers still hold 16 commits in the recruiting class of 2024 and are still ranked as the #17 overall recruiting class and the #9 class in the Southeastern Conference.