North Augusta's C.J Byrd, who is considered South Carolina's No. 1 prospect, was officially offered by Auburn on Saturday.
Byrd visited Auburn for "Junior Day" and was watching the team's receivers warm up when assistant Greg Knox walked up and gave Byrd an envelope with a scholarship offer from Auburn.
"You expect to be recruited heavily in-state by South Carolina and Clemson, but it says something when an Auburn and Georgia offer you, even before they have the chance to scout you at the end of your junior year in spring practice," said North Augusta assistant Steve Mixon of Byrd.
"You will have to talk with C.J,. but I would think Auburn would be one of his top five choices ... they were one of the first schools to start recruiting him and he has built a close relationship with Auburn assistant Greg Knox," Mixon said.
Byrd, who leads the state's players with nine scholarship offers, has made unofficial visits to Clemson and Auburn. He is tentatively scheduled to travel to South Carolina on March 20, Tennessee on March 27, and Georgia on April 3.
Virginia Tech and Maryland offered scholarships this past week to the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who is affectionately called "Big Byrd" because of his good-natured attitude and tall but muscular build.