Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Monday, and SEC Country looks at two Auburn commits who have been pursued heavily by other schools.
Andy Boykin picks up big offer from Auburn rival
Andy Boykin was the first piece in Auburn’s 2020 class. The Tigers hope that doesn’t change.
Boykin committed to Auburn last fall. The Troup County (Ga.) defensive lineman has become a much more coveted commodity since then. Boykin has used that increased interest from other schools to take visits and build relationships with other coaching staffs. He added another name — a big one — to that list over the weekend.
Boykin picked up an offer from Alabama. Georgia has been the only school causing concern in Auburn’s mind, as it pertains to Boykin, so far. The addition of the Crimson Tide likely will change that.
Boykin is friends with high school teammate King Mwikuta, who is the face of Alabama’s 2019 class. That likely will help Alabama some.
Still, I wouldn’t worry about this one yet.
Here’s what Boykin told me last time I spoke with him — shortly after Kobe Hudson joined him as an Auburn commit.
“I’m just happy he’s going to college, period. I’m even more happy he’s going to college with me,” Boykin said.
At least by that comment, Boykin seems like a commit set on playing for the Tigers.
George Pickens not likely to visit other schools
There has been plenty of concern about George Pickens’ interest in other schools.
The 4-star Hoover (Ala.) wide receiver has risen to stardom this spring after a state championship campaign and strong camp circuit. Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and many others have shown serious interest in the wide receiver who committed to Auburn last summer. Pickens has taken a few visits to Athens, Ga., and elsewhere.
My take has always been: Don’t sweat it. He’s enjoying the process.
That belief has slightly more legs after some in-depth conversation between Pickens and Auburn. One source told me, when Pickens was on a visit three weekends ago — the day he joined Jaylin Simpson, Jashawn Sheffield and Bo Nix on a visit — there was some discussion with Pickens about visits he’s taking elsewhere.
Auburn requested that Pickens not focus on other schools or take other recruiting visits. The Tigers see the star wide receiver as a centerpiece of the 2019 class, and they want him fully dedicated to what they’re building. This was communicated to his mother, as well, who joined him on the trip.
Pickens’ mother, the source said, is fully on board with Auburn and agreed with the decision to shut things off with visits elsewhere. Pickens also saw the recruiting shift to be a good idea.
That doesn’t mean other programs will stop trying. But the Tigers feel their wishes are clear, and Pickens agrees.
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