Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Sunday, and SEC Country has takeaways from the recruiting weekend.
Success of Auburn’s recruiting weekend
Typically, each note within these notebooks tackles separate topics, generally focused on specific prospects.
This “note” will take a slightly bigger picture approach to the weekend.
The Tigers had a 7-on-7 camp on Thursday that included several top commits and targets, as well as several other highly rated national prospects. Then Auburn held a Saturday camp, landed a non-camp commitment and hosted several weekend visitors, including two official visits.
Let’s start from the top.
Mohamoud Diabate from Auburn High (Ala.) finally picked up an offer from the hometown team. He already held offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee and many others. The Tigers have slow-played Diabate throughout the process, so it’s not a guarantee Auburn will become a leading contender for the local standout. What’s most interesting: Auburn sees Diabate as a Sam linebacker, which differs from the outside linebacker/pass rusher position most other schools are recruiting Diabate to play.
Jamond Gordon committed to Auburn coaches on Friday. He filmed a nicely created commitment video starring himself and Bo Jackson’s statue and released it on Saturday. Gordon isn’t the most highly rated prospect in Mississippi, but he’s one that Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner worked tirelessly to flip from Ole Miss. It paid off. Now the question remains: Will it be enough to sway other prospects from Mississippi? The Tigers shouldn’t be done in that state this cycle.
Devontae Dobbs and Justin Osborne — two of Auburn’s top tackle targets — were on their official visits over the weekend. Dobbs has been at Auburn three times in the last three years and would like to return during the football season, if possible. If Dobbs makes that trip, watch closely because it’ll be an unofficial trip for the 5-star prospect from Michigan. Auburn would have to mean a lot to Dobbs for him to make that trip during the season. As for Osborne, Auburn will have a lot of work to do to flip him from TCU, but one source familiar with the situation believes the Tigers are the team most likely to flip Osborne from the Horned Frogs.
The two unofficial visits worth watching over the weekend: Xavier Truss and Curtis Fann.
Truss has been to Auburn twice this year, but he committed to Georgia on Sunday after his Auburn visit.
Fann has planned to be at Auburn a few times this spring. The Tigers were thrilled he finally made it. Fann’s relationships with Garner and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele make the Tigers a real factor against other programs such as South Carolina and Florida State.
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