With less than two weeks until National Signing Day, it’s showtime.
Auburn boasts a solid base in the Class of 2017 with 20 members already committed. Not much has happened since last week’s update, but many of the important decisions are imminent. Auburn has a top-10 class right now. With a strong finish, the Tigers can hold onto that ranking.
Several critical official visits — to Auburn and elsewhere — will take place this upcoming weekend. Auburn will host 12 prospects, a couple of whom are on the brink of immediate commitments. Auburn continues to search for an offensive coordinator, but the recruiting trail is as active as ever.
Let’s dive deeper into the specifics:
Where Auburn’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked?
This time of year tends to include regular shifts in the recruiting team rankings. That hasn’t happened so far in the 2017 cycle. Auburn is ranked No. 8 for the third week in a row. The Tigers trail No. 7 LSU considerably and are narrowly ahead of No. 9 Texas A&M. Alabama, LSU and Georgia are the only three SEC schools with better team rankings than Auburn. As last week’s best-case, worst-case scenarios piece laid out, Auburn’s peak is right around the No. 7 or No. 8 spot. The valley is probably about 12th.
Who are Auburn’s top 2017 commitments?
- 5-star (.9865) OL Calvin Ashley (Washington D.C.)
- 4-star (.9642) QB Jarrett Stidham (Waco, Texas) — enrolled
- 4-star (.9500) LB Tadarian Moultry (Birmingham, Ala.)
- 4-star (.9291) OL Nick Brahms (Navarre, Fla.) — enrolled
- 4-star (.9261) RB Devan Barrett (Tampa, Fla.)
Who committed to Auburn this week?
So far? Nobody.
Auburn’s last commitment came from Malik Willis on Dec. 30. Willis is now enrolled.
Roughly five spots remain in the Auburn recruiting class. The Tigers have the opportunity to add most of those before National Signing Day. Three official visitors this weekend — Tyler Taylor, Chase Lasater and Ryan Johnson — are the likeliest candidates to join soon. Keep an eye out for any or all three of those in the coming day or the days following the visits.
Who de-committed from Auburn this week?
None of those, either. Names that have been part of de-commitment murmurs this month: Calvin Ashley, Devan Barrett, Octavius Matthews and Carlito Gonzalez. All of those appear to be as stable as ever right now. Ashley will be in town this weekend for an official visit. Barrett will officially visit Tennessee, but Auburn shouldn’t be worried. Matthews denied any concern. Gonzalez is thrilled with the defensive back coach hire. Auburn feels safe from de-commitments, for now.
Who are Auburn’s top uncommitted prospects?
- 4-star safety Devon Hunter (Chesapeake, Va.)
- 4-star DL Ryan Johnson (Mobile, Ala.)
- 4-star LB Tyler Taylor (Buford, Ga.)
- 4-star DE Jarez Parks (Sebastian, Fla.)
- 4-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- 4-star DE Markaviest Bryant (Cordele, Ga.)
- 3-star LB Thomas Johnston (Spanish Fort, Ala.)
- 3-star JUCO OL George Moore (Antioch, Calif.)
Quarterback (2): Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis
Running back (3): Devan Barrett, Alaric Williams, Octavius Matthews
Wide receiver (1): Noah Igbinoghene
Tight end (1): Salvatore Cannella
Offensive line (3): Calvin Ashley, Nick Brahms, Austin Troxell
Defensive line (1): Alec Jackson
Linebacker (3): Tadarian Moultry, KJ Britt, Chandler Wooten
Cornerback (2): Malcolm Askew, Traivon Leonard
Safety (2): Jordyn Peters, Carlito Gonzalez
Long snapper (1): Bill Taylor
Kicker (1): Anders Carlson
The geography of Auburn’s 2017 class
In-state commits: 10 — Williams, Matthews, Troxell, Moultry, Britt, Askew, Peters, Taylor, Igbinoghene, Jackson.
Out-of-state commits: 10 — Barrett, Ashley, Wooten, Gonzalez, Carlson, Brahms, Willis, Cannella, Stidham, Leonard.
Other states represented (5): Florida (Ashley, Barrett, Brahms, Leonard), Georgia (Willis, Wooten, Gonzalez), Illinois (Cannella), Texas (Stidham) and Colorado (Carlson).