Auburn landed the two tight ends it wanted in the 2019 class.
On Friday, Luke Deal — the 6-foot-5 tight end from Greenwood, S.C. — committed to Auburn over Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, N.C. State and Clemson. He became the second tight end commitment in this class, joining Tyler Fromm. Those were the two tight ends the Tigers sought since the beginning of the process.
Deal’s addition is a big win for the Tigers and a testament to the relationships he built on his two Auburn visits.
“We were just talking about the tight end need that they have, how I’d be able to play early since I’m going to be a midyear enrollee. It’s awesome,” Deal said about Auburn after his official visit last month. “They’ve been going some H-back and some tight end. They want somebody that can stay on the field and play up-tempo like they like to play. I feel like I can be that guy. They feel like I can be that guy. I really like the offense.”
Deal’s pledge moves Auburn up four spots in the team rankings. The Tigers jumped from No. 20 to No. 16 in the 2019 class, leapfrogging TCU, Minnesota, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Deal is the eighth commitment in the 2019 class.
While Deal makes this a two-tight end class, he and Fromm bring slightly different skill sets. Fromm plays wide receiver as much as tight end at the high school level. He’ll bring the pass-catching element. Deal has that in his game, as well, but he’s about as versatile as it gets for a tight end.
As one source familiar with Deal’s game put it, Deal “isn’t afraid to really bang in the trenches with the big guys.” His size helps explain his willingness to do that, but don’t let that take away from Deal’s ability to catch the football, too.
Deal started his high school football career as a quarterback and transitioned to tight end.
For anyone curious about the solidity of Deal’s commitment, here’s what he said about that following his Auburn official visit.
“Once I’m committed, I’m done. My recruiting will be completely shut off,” Deal said. “No more visits. If I commit, it’s 100 percent.”