Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and SEC Country goes more in-depth with Auburn’s most recent commitment. Plus, an update on a new offer and an all-star game.
New Australian punter commit goes in-depth on Auburn
Despite it being his first visit — and a 20-hour flight separating Auburn from Australia — it didn’t take long for Auburn’s new punter commit Arryn Siposs to pick up on the Tigers’ recruiting mantra.
“It’s one big family, isn’t it?” Siposs said after his official visit.
Siposs is a former Australian Rules footballer who played professionally in Melbourne, Australia, for five seasons. When that career ended, the 25-year-old Siposs wanted to go another route athletically when he linked up with Prokick Australia director Nathan Chapman, who has a track record of connecting Australian punters from his program with American colleges in need of punters.
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Siposs is the next in line, and it comes at a major time for Auburn, which finished second-to-last in the SEC in yards per punt attempt in 2017.
Siposs’ first visit to Auburn included some 1-on-1 time with Gus Malzahn. He also had a chance to talk with special teams coordinator Tim Horton, as well as a few special teams staffers.
But the highlight for Siposs was stepping foot into Jordan-Hare Stadium while trying to imagine every seat filling up.
“Seeing that field over there was absolutely amazing. Knowing that gets filled out every home game is absolutely insane. It’s going to be special. The facilities are incredible. Knowing that footy, and then you’ve got other sports that have such great facilities to be able to use, it’s a pretty good place to be,” Siposs said. “I spoke to the big guy himself, Gus, that was awesome.”
Siposs — stating this somewhat obviously — isn’t your average college football recruit. He’s a former professional athlete. He took his official visit with his fiancée, a line rarely written regarding recruiting visits. And yes, he can purchase beer, another rarity for incoming college prospects.
But probably what separates Siposs most is the training program hand-delivering him to the Plains. Prokick Australia has created a name for itself in college football.
Since 2013, every Ray Guy Award — given to the nation’s top punter — has gone to an Australian punter who came from that program. In 2016, all three of the finalists were Prokick Australia alums.
That trend sets up nicely for Auburn.
“I don’t know them personally, but obviously, Nathan lets us know a fair bit about how they’re going. It’s a bit of competition going on,” Siposs said. “It’s good for the program over in Australia. People being able to win the Ray Guy is a big thing. It shows his program’s working. It gives guys who want to have a crack at it a good opportunity to do so.”
Siposs plans to sign in the spring once his Australian paperwork is finalized. He’ll enroll at Auburn in June or July and be ready — with four years of eligibility — for the 2018 football season.
Tigers offer in-state DB committed to South Alabama
An interesting development took place Tuesday when Auburn passed out a new Class of 2018 offer.
It went to 3-star defensive back Roger McCreary, who has been committed to South Alabama since March 25.
I’ve written about the potential defensive back plan going forward. There are a few junior college options, including Benjie Franklin, who will take his official visit in January. There have also been some other in-state possibilities such as CD Daniels and Cam Taylor.
McCreary, on the other hand, has only been mentioned in reference to visits he’s taken to Auburn. He was in attendance for the Auburn-Georgia game and the Auburn-Alabama game.
Programs don’t usually offer prospects this late in the cycle unless they know a guy will commit in short order. It appears McCreary’s situation may be a little bit different. Auburn is the first Power 5 program to offer, but it may not be the last. Tennessee and Alabama will try to get McCreary on campus in January, as well, so Auburn may have been trying to get ahead of the game.
Expect more details on McCreary in the days and weeks to come.
Update on Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game
The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game is in full swing in Hattiesburg, Miss.
It’s the annual matchup between the best players from Alabama against the best players from Mississippi. You may notice a few other sites have been down there early in the week to see some of the prospects participating. SEC Country will be there at the end of the week to bring you updates on some of the top commits and targets in the game.
Two Auburn commits who were invited to the game have opted out of playing — Coynis Miller and Josh Marsh.
Miller is still battling a knee concern from the end of his high school season. It’s nothing to fret over, but he decided to take the safe approach and remove himself from the game. Marsh is dealing with walking pneumonia, which forced him out of the all-star game.
There are several other relevant prospects in the game.
- Here are the Auburn commits in the game: Asa Martin, Shedrick Jackson, Seth Williams and Kam Stutts.
- Here are the Auburn targets in the game: Justyn Ross, Tank Jenkins, CD Daniels and Nathaniel Watson.
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