By Alex Boetticher Auburn football’s most decorated player, and arguably its most successful recruit, will receive an award on Saturday night.
Boren is a left-handed scholarship player who has been a staple on the Tigers’ recruiting trail since he committed to the program in the spring of 2015.
He was the first left-hand player to play in a game and a half since the 1980s.
His status as one of the game’s elite left-hander is no secret, and the two-time All-American was a part of the Auburn coaching staff during his recruitment.
He was considered a potential first-round pick in the NFL Draft, and he’s been one of college football’s biggest surprises in 2017.
He is now entering his third season at Auburn, and is entering the final year of his three-year contract.
Booth has made headlines since the start of the year, as he was spotted by ESPN taking selfies with students on campus.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was asked if Booth could stay at Auburn this year, but he was not ready to speculate on the future.
“It depends,” he said.
“If he’s staying, I’ll tell you that’s going to be great for the program, but I’ll never say one way or another.
It’s a very tough decision to make, but we’ll see what happens.”
Booth’s decision to leave for the NFL has not been widely discussed, but some believe it is part of his career-long pursuit of a college education.
Aubampssubway.com reports that Booth is expected to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the University of Texas at Austin.
He joins three other former Auburn players who are also on the verge of earning a spot on the 2018 recruiting class, and it would be a stunning move for an Auburn program that has been criticized in recent years for its recruiting practices.
There were several high profile departures from the program last season, including defensive end Nick O’Leary and linebacker Justin Blackmon.