AUBURN, Ala. — The biggest football event of the spring always has recruiting implications.
Auburn’s spring game will take place on Saturday. It generally brings some recruiting momentum along with it. Last year, the Tigers snagged two commitment at A-Day — from offensive lineman Kam Stutts and athlete Kolbi Fuqua. Those were Auburn’s third and fourth commitments of the 2018 cycle.
Yet again, the Tigers enter the spring game with two commitment. There isn’t as much a sense of urgency to land immediate commitments as there was last year. A seven-year contract for the head coach will do that. It has allowed Auburn to stay patient in the 2019 class and shoot for its top-of-the-board targets before taking commitments from some of the lower-ranked prospects it has interest in.
Because of the willing patience, A-Day won’t have as big of a scheduled crowd as it has in the past. Some of that has to do with stadium construction affecting game day logistics. Some of it is expected weather. Some of it is because Auburn has capitalized on personalized, mid-week visits over big recruiting weekends this spring.
Just this week, the Tigers have hosted defensive lineman Justin Eboigbe, defensive lineman Colby Wooden, linebacker Owen Pappoe, offensive tackle Wanya Morris, wide receiver Ramel Keyon and potentially a few other unreported visits. Auburn has made an effort to prioritize these 1-on-1 type of visits, and it’s paying off with a few top targets.
The Tigers will still host several noteworthy prospects this weekend for the spring game. SEC Country will bring you recruiting coverage throughout the weekend. Here are the recruits known to be on the docket for Auburn.
Class of 2019 targets
- 4-star S Trikweze Bridges, Lanett, Ala.
- 4-star DE Curtis Fann, Stillmore, Ga.
- 4-star DE Derrick McLendon, Tucker, Ga.
- 4-star CB Marcus Banks, Houston, Texas
- 4-star OLB Derick Hall, Gulfport, Miss.
- 4-star RB Derrian Brown, Buford, Ga.
- 3-star QB Peter Parrish, Phenix City, Ala.
- 3-star S Ray Thornton, Phenix City, Ala.
- 3-star CB Raydarious Jones, Horn Lake, Miss.
- 3-star S Aaron Beasley, Franklin, Ga.
- 3-star TE Jamin Graham, Etowah, Ga.
- 3-star DE Colby Wooden, Lawrenceville, Ga.
- 3-star RB Jamontez Woods, Gadsden, Ala.
- Unranked TE Jeremiah Johnson, Homerville, Ga.
Here are my three big things to takeaway from this:
One, there’s a huge emphasis of defensive linemen and defensive backs. Fann, McLendon, Hall and Wooden are among the 10 defensive linemen Auburn wants most in this class. Banks, Jones and Beasley are near the top of the defensive back board. I’ve also been told the Tigers like Brown at running back and safety, so there’s some defensive back interest there, too. Bridges is one of the higher-rated prospects visiting, but Auburn hasn’t offered yet. That could easily change this weekend.
Two, here’s a little more clarity to the tight end situation. Jackson Lowe is committed. Sean Brown and Luke Deal are far from certainties. Tyler Fromm will be patient with his decision. Thus, Auburn will host two more tight ends this weekend. Graham has visited once already this spring for a junior day, but he hasn’t been offered. He’s listed at defensive end, but Auburn is evaluating as a tight end. This is the first mention of Johnson, a 6-foot-7 tight end from Clinch County (Ga.). With that frame, an offer should certainly be something to watch
Three, the long-distance visit from Banks is an important one. He hasn’t been to the Plains yet, but he’s one of the most coveted cornerbacks on Auburn’s board. This will be a big visit to encourage a return trip in the summer or fall. The Tigers can’t afford to let this opportunity go to waste.
Class of 2020 and 2021 targets
- 4-star WR Kobe Hudson, Lagrange, Ga.
- 4-star DT Jayson Jones, Calera, Ala.
- 4-star RB JoQuavious Marks, Atlanta, Ga.
- 3-star LB Quandarrius Robinson, Birmingham, Ala.
- Unranked WR Eddie Williams, Phenix City, Ala.
- Unranked LB Sergio Allen, Fort Valley, Ga.
- Unranked DE Andy Boykin, Lagrange, Ga.
- Unranked WR Julian Nixon, Roswell, Ga.
- 2021 4-star OT Bryn Tucker, Knoxville, Tenn.
- 2021 unranked OT Terrance Ferguson, Fort Valley, Ga.
Worth noting: Hudson makes his college announcement in a week. Auburn has been a heavy favorite since the beginning of the process, and this weekend visit only reinforces that belief.