Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we reference two top-150 prospects — Adam Anderson and Anthony Schwartz — who visited over the weekend.
Former Georgia, LSU commit visits Auburn
Auburn has its eyes on a few outside linebackers who could also be solid assets at the Buck position.
The Tigers hosted one of the most impressive ones over the weekend.
Adam Anderson is the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Anderson has had a whirlwind recruitment since he last spoke with SEC Country earlier in the spring. Anderson attended Auburn’s first junior day of the summer when he was still committed to Georgia.
I wrote at that time about Anderson’s unstable commitment and how the Tigers could be a threat.
As it turned out, Anderson’s commitment wasn’t very solid. He de-committed from Georgia soon after, and before long, found a new home when he committed to LSU on a visit with a few of his Rome (Ga.) teammates. But that didn’t last long, either. Anderson recently chose to re-open his recruitment yet again, citing a premature jump into LSU’s class.
So Anderson is back on the market, and he told SEC Country he plans to be there for a while, as he watches the 2017 football season and takes visit to better find his fit.
His most recent visit was to Auburn.
Anderson visited the Plains for the second time on Sunday. Tim Horton is his area recruiter, and he has developed a fairly strong relationship with Anderson.
“Tim Horton has been texting me for a while, telling me to come check it out just before any final decision is made,” Anderson said. “It’s actually really good. Auburn plays a lot of freshmen. It’s a good environment. It’s not too big or too small. It’s good to be around. … Hopefully I’ll be able to check it out again.”
Despite once committing to and de-committing from Georgia, I expect Anderson will ultimately reselect the Bulldogs. But Auburn has now gotten him on campus twice this spring and summer. Anderson is a perfect example of a top prospect who, with a strong display in the 2017 season, could heavily increase interest in the Tigers.
Nation’s fastest recruit visiting Auburn
In fitting Anthony Schwartz fashion, the 4-star wide receiver has quickly made a Southast round trip this week.
Schwartz visited Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Auburn in a four-day span. The wide receiver prospect who has clocked a 10.15-second 100-meter dash — the fastest high school time in the nation — sped across the SEC to make visits to the non-Florida members of his top 7, excluding Southern Cal, which even Schwartz isn’t fast enough to visit in such short order.
Auburn was the final stop. He stayed on the Plains overnight and will be at the team’s first practice of fall camp on Monday.
Like Anderson, this is the second time Schwartz has visited Auburn this recruiting cycle. He attended the A-Day game and said he was surprised by the warm welcome from the coaching staff. Schwartz quickly thrust Auburn into his top group, giving Florida a run for top school.
For now, the Gators are still considered the team to beat. After all, the Gators have all 21 predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Quick calendar commentary
The recruiting calendar is about to give us a month of down time, sort of.
From Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, college coaches will not be able to visit high school prospects, and high school prospects will not be able to visit college campuses. This gives coaches a chance to focus on their team’s fall camp. It allows recruits to get ready for school and stay focused on their own high school teams.
For recruiting reporters, it means there won’t be as much going on in August as is generally the case.
With that said, don’t confuse the new calendar to mean there won’t be any excitement this month. I’ve been told Auburn would like to get to 15 commitments by the time Georgia Southern arrives in Auburn for Week 1 of the season. That means the Tigers still have at least four spots to fill this month.
So even without visits, it could be one of the busier months of the 2017 recruiting cycle.