Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. These notebooks will now publish in the evening Sunday through Thursday. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country spoke with a 2020 commit who is visiting other schools. Also, a Mississippi defensive back visited over the weekend and a top tackle put Auburn in his top 2.
Tigers 2020 commit ‘still 100 percent Auburn’
Andy Boykin will take college visits to places other than Auburn over the next two years.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end committed to the Tigers last fall before his recruitment truly took off. Since that commitment, Georgia and LSU have jumped on board with offers to Boykin. The Bulldogs’ offer, in particular, is an intriguing one for the Lagrange, Ga., native who has already visited Athens once this spring.
“I grew up an in-state fan of Georgia. I’m still going to take a couple visits up there, probably take an official visit my senior year,” Boykin said. “See how everything goes with Auburn and Georgia and whatever other schools I pursue.”
Those comments shouldn’t concern Auburn much — yet.
Boykin returned to the Plains last weekend for junior day. He spent some time with defensive line coach Rodney Garner and enjoyed the basketball regular-season finale that gave him a look at Auburn’s fan base in other sports.
When Boykin returned to Auburn, the feeling about his commitment hadn’t changed.
“Things still sit the same. It was a good visit. I just wanted to take my family up there and let them experience another school and see how they felt about it,” Boykin said. “But my family and me were still 100 percent Auburn.”
Boykin plans to take a look at schools than Georgia and LSU, too. Florida, Florida State and Tennessee are frontrunners to land visits.
However, based on his initial return after another visit to Auburn, Boykin feels as strongly as every about his Tigers commitment.
“I always loved Georgia, but Auburn just makes me want to stay here. It’s such a good fan base. Everything is just great down here,” Boykin said. “Coach Garner, he wants the best for me. He puts a lot of guys in the league. I just want to be one of those guys he puts in the league.”
Auburn cracks top 2 for elite tackle
In the recruiting question of the day Tuesday, I broke down the best-case scenario commitments at every position in the 2019 class. At tackle — arguably the most important position in the class — Wanya Morris was the headliner.
The 4-star tackle from Loganville, Ga., is the No. 40 overall prospect in the nation, which is good enough for sixth among tackles. On Tuesday evening, Morris released his top two of Auburn and Tennessee. Morris has been to both schools several times in the last few months.
He said his decision will come “sometime soon.”
Morris is a high school teammate of 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe, who also placed the Tigers in his top two over the weekend. The tandem went to Tennessee together last weekend.
Mississippi DB checked out Auburn, Georgia last weekend
Auburn hosted another one of the #SipMaul19 prospects over the weekend: cornerback Deantre Prince.
The 6-2, 160-pound cornerback made two SEC visits over the weekend. Prince went to Georgia on Saturday. On his return to Charleston, Miss., he swung by Auburn on Sunday to check out the Plains.
He didn’t see much of the campus, but he spent time with defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson, who showed him and his family around. Prince picked up an offer during his visit to Auburn.
“It was good. It was fun. I had a great time with the coaches and everything,” Prince said. “It was just the coaches. I felt I could trust them.”
Prince told Chad Simmons of Rivals.com that Georgia took the lead for Prince after this weekend.
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