As they say, recruiting is a year-round business. It never stops.
But if there’s one time that there is a slight lull, it’s during the December dead period. Coaches can still make electronic communication with commits and targets, but no face-to-face contact is permitted.
It will pick back up again in full force on Jan. 12. But, in this rare semi-down time, let’s take a quick look at everything from official visits already taken, official visits planned, a breakdown of the early enrollees and Auburn commits who could be wavering slightly.
A little housekeeping note: Auburn is No. 9 team recruiting rankings. The Tigers have 18 commitments, though long snapper will likely blue-shirt and count toward the 2018 class numbers.
Who has taken official visits?
Auburn hosted 16 official visitor during the fall. Six of those players are committed to the Tigers.
—4-star ATH Malcolm Askew (Auburn commit)
—3-star CB Russ Yeast (Louisville commit)
—3-star TE Kurt Rafdal (Indiana commit)
—4-star WR Tarik Black (Michigan commit)
—4-star safety CJ Avery (Louisville commit)
—3-star JUCO OL Jordan Agasiva (uncommitted)
—3-star JUCO DL Tyree Owens (ECU commit)
—4-star TE Tre’ McKitty (Oregon commit)
—4-star OL Cesar Ruiz (uncommitted)
—4-star JUCO QB Jarrett Stidham (Auburn commit)
—4-star DB Deangelo Gibbs (uncommitted)
—5-star OL Alex Leatherwood (Alabama commit)
—4-star RB Devan Barrett (Auburn commit)
—3-star OLB Chandler Wooten (Auburn commit)
—3-star JUCO RB Octavius Matthews (Auburn commit)
—3-star JUCO TE Salvatore Cannella (Auburn commit)
Who has official visits scheduled?
There are three big official visit weekends in January once the contact period picks back up. It’s also possible some recruits will take mid-week official visits that don’t coincide with he busy weekends. Some prospects haven’t set their official visit dates yet. Other recruits will emerge throughout the remainder of the dead period and into January. You’ll be updated as those things happen.
For now, here are the official visits set in place. There are no players reported for the Jan. 28 date yet. That will change, no doubt. More names will be added to both of the first two weekends, as well.
—4-star DL Alec Jackson (uncommitted)
—5-star OL Calvin Ashley (Auburn commit)
—4-star DL Ryan Johnson (uncommitted)
—4-star DB Tray Bishop (uncommitted)
—4-star LB Tyler Taylor (uncommitted)
Who will enroll early?
Auburn has six players enrolling in January, two of whom come from the junior college ranks. Three players will try to get on campus before January to take part in Sugar Bowl practices.
—4-star QB Jarrett Stidham, McLennan C.C. (Texas)
—4-star LB KJ Britt, Oxford (Ala.)
—4-star ATH Malcolm Askew, McAdory (Ala.)
—4-star OL Nick Brahms, Navarre (Fla.)
—3-star LB Chandler Wooten, North Cobb (Ga.)
—3-star TE Salvatore Cannella, Scottsdale C.C. (Ariz.)
Are any commits wavering?
The big one to watch was Tray Bishop. That de-commitment dropped earlier in the week. Auburn will still chase there, but the Tigers appear to be playing behind Georgia and Florida at this point.
Aside from that, things look relatively stable for Auburn. There are a few commits to keep an eye on, however.
—5-star OL Calvin Ashley: He received plenty of attention from Herb Hand during the contact period. Gus Malzahn will likely go to Washington D.C. for a closer to Signing Day in-home. Maryland, Florida and Florida State will continue to push. But Ashley might be as solid now as he’s ever been.
—4-star ATH Alaric Williams: He claims to be all Auburn, but he has taken an official visit to Nebraska. Cornhuskers coaches have taken a few in-home visits, too. Williams also has an ACT score bar that he needs to reach. Again, not a huge worry, but something to consider.
—4-star RB Devan Barrett: Here’s another running back who I expect to end up at Auburn. Clemson will likely get an official visit. Oregon and Barrett’s south Florida relationship with Willie Taggert could give the Ducks and outside chance.
—3-star DB Carlito Gonzalez: The Wesley McGriff departure turned this guaranteed commit into something a little less sure. Gonzalez will keep a close eye on McGriff’s replacement. South Carolina could be a team to watch if Gonzalez doesn’t have the vibe he wants with the new position coach.
—3-star ATH Octavius Matthews: He originally planned to enroll early. Academics prevented that. His grades in the spring will be the primary factor that keeps him from Auburn. Matthews plans to take official visits to Louisville and Western Kentucky in January.