HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn football’s 2017 roster is still one man down a couple of weeks before the start of fall camp.
Auburn true freshman defensive back Carlito Gonzalez has not arrived on campus, coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday before his appearance in the main room at SEC Media Days. An academic issue is preventing the Georgia native from enrolling.
“Carlito still has a class to finish up,” Malzahn said. “We expect him to do that. We expect him to be here when we start fall camp.”
Auburn players report to fall camp July 30, with practice starting July 31.
Gonzalez was the No. 29 safety nationally in the Class of 2017. The 3-star signee was a longtime commitment, staying with Auburn through several changes at defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.
Auburn could use Gonzalez’s presence at safety this fall. The Tigers have only four seniors — including a former walk-on — at cornerback and safety heading into camp. Gonzalez and fellow 2017 signee Jordyn Peters are expected to challenge for spots on the depth chart.
Malzahn said Auburn doesn’t have any other personnel issues at this point. He expects a full roster to be ready for practice.
“Everything’s going pretty good right now,” Malzahn said. “I feel good about our team, and everybody is focused in.”