Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we cover Auburn’s top defensive target, weekend visitors and a new potential wide receiver option.
Auburn’s top DB target hopes for summer decision
GULF SHORES, Ala. — In between a few gold-medal performances, the top defensive player in the state of Alabama found some time to provide an update on his recruitment.
Jalyn Armour-Davis shined at the Alabama High School Athletic Association state track meet with first-place performances in the 5A 100-meter dash and triple jump. It’s that type of athleticism that earned him the No. 1 ranking among the state’s defensive players. The 4-star cornerback is a highly sought-after prospect by many of the nation’s top programs.
With spring football ready to get underway, Armour-Davis is about a month away from hitting recruiting full force in hopes of finalizing his decision before his senior season at St. Paul’s Episcopal, though he won’t force or rush a decision.
“I’m still really waiting until the summer to get all that figured out. Spring starts on Monday. Right now, I’m more focused on St. Paul’s. When spring is over, I’ll get back started up on more visits and really started to look into to make a final decision,” Armour-Davis said. “I’d like it to be July or early August, but I’m not going to push it. Push comes to shove, I’ll just put out a top 2 or top 3 and commit after the season, but definitely before December.”
As is always the case with Armour-Davis, it’s worth mentioning Auburn was the first program to offer when he was in ninth grade.
The state’s top defender has always vouched that will play a key factor for the Tigers. He wants to continue building that relationship. When it comes to Auburn’s sales pitch these days, however, he’s not sure if there is anything else the staff can do.
Kevin Steele, Greg Brown & Co. have made Armour-Davis’ prioritization evident. He just wants to see that connection grow as he narrows in on a decision.
“They already know how I feel. I know how they feel. It’s just getting comfortable, as usual. There’s nothing really new they can pitch me. I’ve been up there multiple times,” Armour-Davis said. “They’re definitely making me feel like their top guy. They’ve been doing that since my ninth grade year when they were the first to offer, so I know where I stand with them.”
As for the other schools in contention, look at Armour-Davis’ previously released top 6 — Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Florida and USC — plus Alabama. The Crimson Tide didn’t make the original list, but Armour-Davis said: “From a more mature standpoint, it would be a 10 times better decision for them to be in it.”
Auburn and Florida State have been the two programs mentioned most with Armour-Davis. Alabama needs to be included in that mix, and as Armour-Davis prepares to take college visits, the other programs on his initial top list of schools also can remain factors.
All the while, Auburn has stayed consistent in Armour-Davis’ ear.
“They haven’t pushed [for a commitment]. They’ve asked, but they haven’t said, ‘Go ahead and commit.’ They’re just wondering where I am and where I stand,” he said.
Who Auburn hosted on campus visits
It had been a few weeks since the Tigers held a big campus visit weekend.
Some coaches remained out on the road recruiting, but Auburn hosted a few big names over the weekend, and it looked to be a successful experience overall. Take a look at a few of those prospects who visited and where they currently stand with the Tigers.
- 3-star S Joseph Foucha, McDonogh 35 (La.): As SEC Country reported last week, Foucha made his first visit to the Plains over the weekend. Auburn is making a serious push for the defensive back from New Orleans, and the Tigers will be heavily in the mix until the end.
- 3-star WR Shedrick Jackson, Hoover (Ala.): He claims to be wide open with his recruitment, as plenty of other schools evaluate him. There are many wide receiver options for Auburn in this class, but it seems like it would be tough for any program to snatch Bo Jackson’s nephew away from Auburn.
- 4-star S Kyler McMichael, GAC (Ga.): McMichael was maybe the biggest surprise visitor of the weekend. He holds Auburn in high regard, calling it one of his top schools. Communication with the Tigers has picked up substantially of late.
- 4-star QB Bo Nix, Pinson Valley (Ala.): Nix says his decision is probably still a year away, and as a 2019 prospect, that makes sense. But that hasn’t stopped him from doing college tours, including making a few stops at Auburn this spring.
Texas WR plans to visit Auburn over summer
Auburn’s 2018 recruiting targets at wide receiver are a very strong group of players.
Let’s tally the list: Matthew Hill, Justyn Ross, Seth Williams, Shedrick Jackson, Jacob Copeland, Kearis Jackson and Anthony Schwartz. All of those prospects fall inside the top-50 receivers in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Add another to the list, at No. 48 — Miles Battle.
Battle is a 6-foot-4, 188- pound receiver from Cy Creek in Houston. He holds offers from 29 schools, but he told SEC Country South Carolina reporter Mike Wilson that a trip to Auburn is likely in his future.
His dad has family ties to the Huntsville area, which will lead to a summer visit to the Plains.
“My dad is originally from Alabama, so I have a lot of family out there. I’m going to be making that visit this summer,” he said.
He also hopes to make trips to UCLA, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. Battle is ranked the No. 287 overall prospect in the nation.
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