As far as rankings go, Auburn’s recruiting class improved Tuesday despite no new additions.
The 247Sports rankings released its new 5-star prospect list, which will be the final change of the 2017 cycle. Auburn had two commits make the list of 32 players to be named 5-stars.
Tadarian Moultry made a giant leap. The Auburn linebacker commit from Birmingham (Ala.) was most recently the No. 50 prospect nationally, which left him a few places outside the 5-star threshold. On Tuesday, the Jackson-Olin linebacker moved all the way up to No. 18 in the player rankings — a 32-spot jump.
Moultry had a standout senior season in which many believed he was the best linebacker in the country. According to these rankings, only Ohio State commit Baron Browning is higher-rated at the position.
247Sports analysts Barton Simmons had this to say about Moultry.
“Bottom line, no one in the 2017 class has film that’s more fun to watch than Moultry. He’s violent football player that adds a pass-rush skillset to go with his inside linebacker heat-seeking style,” Simmons wrote.
Moultry joins Calvin Ashley among 5-star players in this Auburn class.
Ashley entered the re-ranking as a 5-star offensive lineman. There was some question whether he might dip slightly into 4-star territory, but that didn’t happen. Ashley dropped from No. 23 to No. 25, which was still 8 spots within the 5-star rankings.
“I didn’t think Ashley would survive as a 5-star,” Simmons wrote about Ashley. “He trended down some after being one of the first to earn a fifth star in this class, but he battled back with a big senior season and really impressed our team at the Under Armour Game.”