AUBURN, Ala. — Matthew Tanner is almost ready to commit to the Auburn football program after his official visit this weekend. The 3-star offensive guard just has a few things to sort out first.
Tanner, who is the No. 4-rated JUCO offensive guard in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, said Sunday he is on the verge of committing to Auburn in the next 24 hours.
“It’s very likely,” Tanner said. “I just don’t want to announce it yet. It’ll most likely be tomorrow.”
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Tanner played his JUCO ball at Eastern Arizona College. He’ll have two years of eligibility at Auburn if he decides to sign with the Tigers.
The 6-foot-7, 345-pound Tanner talked extensively with Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand during his official visit on what his role would be with the Tigers. Hand sees him as a crucial depth piece at guard after the departure of former All-SEC performer Alex Kozan.
“(Hand) was just telling me about his need at the guard position,” Tanner said. “If I come here, I could very well be an immediate impact. We were just talking about the depth chart and how well I fit in here. … Coach Hand really likes the guys that are starting right now, but it’s very well that I could be a second-string guy.”
Bowling Green and Mississippi State are also in the hunt for Tanner. But he said he will most likely land at Auburn after finishing some paperwork.
“They weren’t pushing for a commitment,” Tanner said. “We still have to get some things finalized before I commit.”
Tanner would be Auburn’s fourth offensive lineman commitment in the class of 2017. Auburn currently has pledges from 5-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley and 4-star offensive tackle Austin Troxell. Four-star offensive guard Nick Brahms is already enrolled on campus.
“This is a great place to be,” Tanner said. “I really had no complaints or anything. Really enjoyed the facilities and meeting everyone. … This is a first-class place.”