Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. In this edition, we look at 4-star running back Asa Martin‘s upcoming visit plans. Also, in-state defensive tackle Coynis Miller is on the verge of a decision.
Asa Martin, state’s top RB, sets up final visit slate
Every college competing for Asa Martin likely has one more on-campus visit before he decides where he’ll play next year.
The top high school running back in Alabama has set an Aug. 24 decision date. Before he announces his decision, Martin plans to visit Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Florida, which likely will be his last stops before his announcement.
Martin began Monday with his first trip to Clemson in hopes of picking up an offer from the Tigers. He got it, though Martin said at the end of last week that he doesn’t “just want to go out and say they’d enter my list because I don’t really know yet.”
So the emphasis should be placed on the three schools that have been there for months — Auburn, Alabama and Florida.
Martin will visit Alabama on Friday and Auburn on Saturday for each program’s summer cookout. Martin expects Florida will be his last visit.
“I’m just hoping me being there, can I live and thrive in this environment? Every college is different. Can I live and thrive here?” Martin said. “[It] is just about going to all the colleges I’m looking at and seeing if I could live there the next three or four years. It’s just about being comfortable with the coaching staff, as well as the school as a whole.”
Let’s leap into the Crystal Ball sphere to get a look into Martin’s upcoming choice.
Florida and Alabama each own 42 percent of the predictions. Auburn holds 17 percent. Every projection made since May 18 — the day Alabama OC Brian Daboll visited Martin — has favored the Crimson Tide. The general perception has been that since the Alabama offer, the Crimson Tide would land the No. 1 running back in the state yet again.
Martin claims he hasn’t reached that conclusion.
“I don’t. I really don’t. It’s a tough decision,” he said. “Me and my mom talk about it every night, and we’re still trying to figure it out. I don’t really know yet. If I knew that, I’d probably be already committed. I’m still trying to figure it out.”
His final visit to Auburn on Saturday will be an opportunity to spend more time with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who has become his primary point of contact in short order. The two talk on a daily basis and Martin raved about Lindsey’s “cool, laid-back” demeanor.
It’ll also be a chance for Martin’s mother to have one last experience on the Plains. Her opinion will have a major effect on Martin’s choice.
“Honestly, I have that at all three. They knew my mom is a big factor, so everybody is comfortable and always are talking to my mom. That’s a big thing,” he said.
Martin communicates with several other prospects on a regular basis to see what schools everyone is leaning toward. On the flip side, several committed players have done their part to try to recruit Martin.
Of all those suitors, one 2018 prospect stands out from the rest: Auburn quarterback commit Joey Gatewood.
“Joey, man. We were trying to get up to Auburn together, but he’s going to be up there at the beginning of the week. I talk to Joey the most, no doubt,” Martin said.
Big in-state defensive tackle on verge of decision
Coynis Miller’s recruiting process is nearing an end.
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle from Jackson-Olin (Ala.) told SEC Country last month that he planned on moving his commitment up to summer, instead of the end-of-season announcement he originally planned. Miller doubled down last week, saying that he’ll know where he wants to commit by next week.
He only has one thing left to see: Florida.
Miller plans to visit the Gators this weekend, which means he’ll be in Gainesville rather than Tuscaloosa or Auburn for those recruiting cookouts. This will be Miller’s first visit to Florida, so it would be somewhat surprising to see him choose the Gators over either in-state school. But Miller has talked about Florida for a while as a program that could score his commitment.
With that said, I just placed a Crystal Ball prediction for Miller to Auburn, which would be a major win for the Tigers over the Crimson Tide and the Gators.