AUBURN — Auburn’s coaching staff have “addressed” a recent DUI arrest with a member of its 2018 recruiting class but further details are unknown.
According to documentation from the Athens-Clarke County jail in Athens, Ga., Richard Jibunor was booked at 4:38 a.m. ET on Dec. 31 and released nearly three hours later on $2,000 bond after being charged with DUI and failing to maintain lane and improper driving following a traffic stop.
Jibunor, a four-star rated pass rusher from Athens (Ga.) Christian School, was one of the nine prospects to join Auburn’s 2018 recruiting class Wednesday.
In his National Signing Day news conference Wednesday afternoon, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said he and his staff addressed the issue with Jibunor before they sent his National Letter-of-Intent paperwork for him to sign.
“We've addressed that with him," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "We don't expect anything like that to happen again."
Jibunor, who was primarily recruited by Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams, attended the prospects camp at Auburn this past June and then unofficially visited the campus for the Tigers season-opening victory against Georgia Southern on Sept. 2. Jibunor returned to Auburn’s campus for two other home games throughout the 2017 season including the 40-17 victory over then-No. 2 Georgia two weeks ago. Jibunor’s visit hosts were his fellow Nigerian native friends Prince Tega Wanogho and Prince Sammons.
“(Wanogho) was the one talking to me about football and he wanted me to try it and everything,” Jibunor said during his official visit earlier this month. “When he came over there he put a spark on me and encouraged me to play and keep working out every day.”
Jibunor gave his pledge on Thanksgiving afternoon to Auburn’s 2018 recruiting class. The four-star linebacker prospect was expected to sign during the early period but told Auburn’s coaching staff he wanted to wait until his school was back in session and signing his scholarship papers in February.
“When I think of him, I think of speed. I think of speed, I think of upside,” Malzahn said Wednesday. “For his high school team he played offense, he played defense, he played wide receiver — he can do a lot of different things. I think this guy's got a chance to be a dynamic player. Really expect him to be a very good pass-rusher."
With Auburn losing only Jeff Holland, a Buck linebacker pass rusher, from its 2017 starting defensive front, Jibunor could be redshirted for the 2018 season in order to get him better acclimated to Kevin Steele’s scheme and the practice regime under defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
Jibunor was a first-team all-state selection in his senior year of high school. He was primarily recruited by Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams and attended the prospects camp at Auburn this past June. He visited campus unofficially for the Tigers season-opening victory against Georgia Southern on Sept. 2. Jibunor returned to Auburn’s campus for two other home games, including the 40-17 victory over Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium.