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Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews will be a primary leader of the Tigers defense in 2017.

Auburn football: The wild West, watch lists and a big week on the Plains

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss Greg Sankey’s remark about conference realignment and recap who made a watch list on Monday. 

The wild, wild West 

Don’t pack those moving boxes yet Auburn fans.

Though the chatter revolving around conference realignment has been prevalent (it was again brought up during the first day of SEC Media Days), it looks like Auburn will be in the SEC West for a while longer.

For SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, it’s not even on the agenda of items to address. That’s not exactly what athletic director Jay Jacobs or former head coach Pat Dye have said. Even coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t seemed completely opposed to a move. Sankey shut down talk of realignment with this single, concise quote on Monday.

“Has not been an agenda item in the meeting,” Sankey said. “It is a conversation in most large press conferences in which I appear, and that’s the extent of the conversation.”

Watch-list season begins 

Football season already feels closer. That’s what watch-list season does.

On Monday, Kamryn Pettway and Jarrett Stidham landed on the Maxwell Award watch list, while Tray Matthews, who will be at SEC Media Days on Thursday, earned a spot on the Bednarik Award watch list.

Daniel Carlson, who will also be in Hoover, was named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Now, let the talking begin.


Justin Fields back on the Plains

There will be lots of attention on the city of Hoover this week as Malzahn and a few of his Tigers take the stage for SEC Media Days, but the real action might be on campus in Auburn.

Five-star quarterback Justin Fields now is the top prospect in the country and he’ll be at Auburn for an overnight visit on Wednesday.

SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk explained in his Monday recruiting notebook why Fields’ critical visit just became perhaps even more important.

Fields will be joined by 4-star wide receiver and close friend Kearis Jackson. Wolk pointed out that Jackson has said he’d like to play with 4-star offensive lineman Trey Hill. It seems there’s a slight chance that Auburn or Georgia could be celebrating the commitment of all three later this summer, so this is definitely something to follow.


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