One weekend stands between now and National Signing Day.
Auburn is hot on the recruiting trail and already beginning its hunt for an ambitious 2018 cycle. But there are roughly six spots remaining in the 2017 class, and there are plenty of prospects the Tigers are pursuing who would be reliable assets. Due to some recent news, Auburn is down to 19 commitments in the class — 7 of whom have enrolled early.
This weekend with five official visitors will be key to closing out the class on a strong note. Auburn sits in the top 10 in the recruiting team rankings, but it will require a strong finish to secure that standing.
How will it finish? Let’s set the scene.
Where Auburn’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked?
Auburn’s rankings took a slight hit Thursday night and Friday morning. There has been movement all up and down the board from No. 5 to No. 15 in the last week. Auburn stood still at No. 8 for most of it, included the last two weeks of snapshots, but the Tigers dropped to No. 10 on Friday, thanks to a de-commitment and a couple of new decisions for USC and Texas A&M commits that jumped those two programs over the Tigers. With the drop, Auburn also fell to the No. 5-ranked SEC team in the recruiting rankings with No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas A&M all ahead.
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?
A repeat from last week: So far? Nobody.
Still, Auburn’s last commitment came from Malik Willis on Dec. 30. Willis is now enrolled.
With six spots available, there isn’t much time to fill them. It’s happening in the coming days with National Signing Day on the horizon. Tyler Taylor, Ryan Johnson, Matthew Tanner, John Samuel Shenker and Markaviest Bryant are all deciding imminently. A few late targets like Kemari Averett and Tyrone Truesdell will have decisions to make, too.
It’s an exciting time of year.
Who de-committed from Auburn this week?
For the fourth time this cycle, someone’s name was removed from Auburn’s commitment list. The first three — Lowell Narcisse, Brandon Martin and Tray Bishop — have found homes elsewhere. Octavius Matthews soon will, as well. The junior college running back and Auburn officially severed ties Thursday. Matthews has been the subject of some academic concerns, and he’s been wise to continue pursuing other options because of Auburn’s uncertainties. He officially visited Purdue last weekend. His top 3 includes Purdue, Kansas and Tennessee. Matthews won’t end up at Auburn.
Who are Auburn’s top uncommitted prospects?
- 4-star DL Ryan Johnson (Mobile, Ala.)
- 4-star LB Tyler Taylor (Buford, Ga.)
- 4-star DE Markaviest Bryant (Cordele, Ga.)
- 3-star OL Matthew Tanner (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- 3-star TE John Samuel Shenker (Moultrie, Ga.)
- 3-star TE Kemari Averett (Atlanta)
- 3-star DT Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.)
Quarterback (2): Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis
Running back (2): Devan Barrett, Alaric Williams
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: 9 — Williams, 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).