Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country takes a look at a few of Auburn’s moves that have emphasized the 2019 recruiting class.
Auburn sets first junior day for 2019 class
Auburn isn’t quite done with the 2018 recruiting class.
The Tigers still have 3-4 spots to fill this cycle. Coaches are hitting the road to see top prospects, and several of those recruits will reciprocate with official visits over the next two weeks. It’s still the Class of 2018 recruiting cycle, so that’s where the focus is for most followers of recruiting.
But the Auburn coaching staff has started to pivot toward 2019.
Feb. 3 will be the last official visit weekend of the 2018 recruiting class. The Tigers are likely to host several visitors to try to bring in for this class. But it also will be the first of two spring junior days for Auburn. The Tigers will host some of the top members of the 2019 recruiting class to get things in full swing for next year.
There will be many more names than this on campus. But here’s an early look at some of the prospects who told SEC Country they’re planning to be at Auburn’s junior day on Feb. 3.
- 4-star QB commit Bo Nix, Pinson, Ala.
- 4-star WR Ramel Keyton, Marietta, Ga.
- 4-star LB Donte Starks, Marrero, La.
- 4-star G Dontae Lucas, Miami
- 3-star WR Laquez Cain, Montgomery, Ala.
- 3-star S Jarrian Jones, Flowood, Miss.
- Unranked CB Rhasaan Christian, Pinson, Ala.
- Unranked ATH Jadarious Martin, Wetumpka, Ala.
Most importantly for Auburn, Nix will be at the forefront of this event.
The newly-committed quarterback for the 2019 class chose Auburn early enough to be able to build a class around him. Junior day on Feb. 3 will be a great opportunity to get that started. The junior day last March included eventual Auburn commits/signees Bo Nix, Joey Gatewood, Kolbi Fuqua, Jalil Irvin, Richard Jibunor and Kam Stutts.
It’s a successful event that helps set the stage for the rest of the recruiting cycle.
2019/2020 offers passed out by Auburn recently
Auburn won’t wait until junior day to begin its work on the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes.
Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has a great line about preparing his roster well before the upcoming season. He was asked the question last spring in response to a question about whether he had a replacement for Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson (spoiler alert: he did). In typical Steele fashion, he had a well-thought way to describe that situation.
“Well, if we’re just figuring that out right now and that wasn’t figured out two or three years ago in recruiting and last year in coaching, and we just waited until now to answer that question, we’ve got problems,” Steele said. “So, you’re always thinking two, three, four years ahead.”
That philosophy has shown itself in recent week as Auburn, mostly done with the 2018 cycle, has started to pass out several telling offers in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes. That’s going to increase in the coming weeks as the full attention turns to that cycle.
For now, here are the most recent next-generation offers the Tigers have passed out.
- 4-star S Kenyatta Watson, Loganville, Ga. (2019)
- 4-star CB Kaiir Elam, North Palm Beach, Fla. (2019)
- 3-star S Jarrian Jones, Flowood, Miss. (2019)
- 3-star CB Warren Burrell, Suwanee, Ga. (2019)
- Unranked S Quinton Newsome, Suwanee, Ga. (2019)
- Unranked CB Christian Williams, Daphne, Ala. (2019)
- 4-star T Omari Thomas, Memphis, Tenn. (2020)
- Unranked T Ray Curry, Memphis, Tenn. (2020)
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