AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn isn't wasting any time looking ahead to next year's national signing day.
On Monday, Gulf Coast Community College cornerback Tony Bridges gave his verbal commitment to the Tigers, becoming the third member of their 2015 recruiting class.
Bridges, who hails from Hattiesburg, Miss., was an all-state selection at Hattiesburg High School. He started nine games for Mississippi Gulf Coast last season, collecting 28 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was also the top return man on both punts (17 returns for 132 yards) and kickoffs (nine returns for 267 yards).
His teammate at Mississippi Gulf Coast, quarterback Jason Smith, had already committed to Auburn for next season. Smith originally was a part of the Tigers' 2013 class, but didn't qualify academically. Two of their former teammates — wide receiver D'haquille Williams and safety Derrick Moncrief — are members of the Tigers' 2014 recruiting haul, enrolling in classes this spring.
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With that in mind, committing to Auburn wasn't a tough decision for Bridges.
"I've been wanting to be an Auburn Tiger, but my teammates made me want it even more," he told GulfLive.com on Monday. "I've wanted a chance to go to the SEC, and I finally had a chance to do that here at Gulf Coast."
The Tigers signed three cornerbacks in their 2014 class, including Kalvaraz Bessent, whose status is still up in the air following an arrest in Florida on felony drug charges this past weekend. In addition, Auburn will lose starting corner Jonathon Mincy to graduation at the end of the 2014 campaign.
Along with Bridges and Smith, the Tigers have one other commit for their 2015 class: quarterback Tyler Queen out of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga.