Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. In this edition, we give brief recaps on three of Auburn’s 2019 targets — Dominick Blaylock, Jammie Robinson and Austin Stogner — as well as tease an upcoming commitment.
WR will choose Auburn, UGA or Clemson in August
It’s down to Auburn, Georgia and Clemson.
Dominick Blaylock has a decision to make. The 5-star wide receiver from Walton (Ga.), despite being a 2019 prospect, is nearing a decision. Blaylock visited all three programs a few weeks ago, and that’ll likely be a trend throughout this summer, as he approached his announcement.
“Right now, I’m just giving love to my top three schools,” Blaylock said. “I’m going to make my decision by August, but I’m going to keep it private. Then I’ll probably make it known by the beginning of the season.”
Blaylock is the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the 2019 class, per the 247Sports composite.
As the No. 17 overall prospect, he’s been at the forefront of the recruiting circuit since his freshman year of high school. Blaylock said he doesn’t think there’s much more for him to see than he’s already seen in his two-year recruiting experience, which is why he plans to close down his recruitment in the near future.
“It’s getting to be a little pressure. I’d rather just get it over with and get a good feel for the school I’m going to,” Blaylock said.
The 6-foot-1, 189-pound wide receiver has been most predicted to go to the in-state Bulldogs. Clemson has also been considered one of the favorites. But Auburn has managed to hang around in the competition, and Blaylock keeps coming back.
If Auburn has a shot, what will it be based on?
“A really good coaching staff. They have a lot of heart, and they’re really fun to be around,” Blaylock said. “I’m basically just going to spend time with coaches and build relationships with them.”
DB from familiar high school likes Auburn, Greg Brown
In the 2017 class, it was Markaviest Bryant. In 2018, it was Quay Walker. Bryant went to Auburn. Walker chose Alabama.
Jammie Robinson could break the tie in 2019.
All three prospects have starred for Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga. Bryant and Walker have been the most notable recruiting targets, but now that their times have passed as recruits, attention can now move to the school’s newest standout.
Robinson is a top-300 prospect who can play all over the field, but when the Tigers talk to him, it’s “mostly” at defensive back.
That means a bulk of Robinson’s conversations at Auburn involve secondary coach Greg Brown.
“He’s a nice coach. I love talking and communicating with him,” Robinson said. “Anything I ask, he’s going to let me know what’s up, and he’ll tell me the real deal.”
As of right now, the 5-foot-11 defensive back said he doesn’t “really have a favorite,” calling it early in his process. Despite Robinson admitting it’s early, a few people close to his recruitment have made it seem that Robinson — much like Blaylock — intends on committing sooner rather than later because he’s been involved in the process since his freshman year.
Robinson has also visited Florida State and South Carolina enough to think those programs are legitimate threats for a prospect who goes to a high school that has been friendly to the state of Alabama the last two recruiting cycles.
“I’m looking forward to getting back up (to Auburn),” Robinson said. “I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Recently-offered TE plans to return to Auburn
While Auburn continues to search for the right Class of 2018 tight end, the Tigers have a couple options in the Class of 2019.
The most recent one: Austin Stogner.
Stogner is the No. 5 tight end in the 2019 class, a 4-star prospect from Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas. At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, it’s no wonder why Stonger is ranked as the No. 79 overall prospect in the class.
He can run. He can catch. He can block.
Stogner received an offer from Auburn when he visited on June 2-3. His family connection to Larry Porter helped break the ice.
“I talked to coach Porter a lot. He likes the way I play the game. I liked him. He knew my cousin, Dalton Stogner, from North Carolina,” Stogner said. “It’s a great school. It’s a family feel. Everyone knows everyone.”
Now with 26 offers, Stogner can start to narrow down his options, though he said he likely won’t decide until January 2018.
When he does, expect Oklahoma and Florida State to be the front-runners to land him. But don’t count out Auburn. Stogner said he will “for sure” be back on the Plains before he makes that decision six months from now.
Another 2018 commitment coming soon
It’s been a while since Auburn has landed a commitment. The Tigers scored two at A-Day, way back in April, when Kameron Stutts and Kolbi Fuqua chose Auburn. But there has been a lack of public momentum over the last couple of month.
Rest assured, the coaching staff has made plenty of positive moves behind the scenes.
At least one of those will reach the public forum next week. Expect a commitment from the Tigers on the offensive side of the ball next week that will likely help catapult Auburn to a successful rest of the summer.
It’s Friday. So in case you missed anything, here’s a look back at the most pertinent recruiting articles I posted throughout the week.
- Defensive line target Andres Fox says his decision is probably only a couple weeks away. Check out the latest breakdown of his choice between Auburn, Alabama and LSU.
- Charles McClelland is a relatively unknown defensive back from south Georgia, but Auburn likes him a lot. The feeling is mutual.
- Matthew Hill will search for the right father figures on the coaching staff to help him make his decision. Auburn might have a few of those kind of coaches for Hill.
- Jalen Cunningham grew up a huge Alabama fan, but his experiences at Auburn have made him reconsider a school he once never gave the time of day.
- Here are the next five guys I think will commit to Auburn. Most of these are expected to make their decisions this summer.