Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we look at new tight end and defensive line targets on Auburn’s radar.
Auburn finds new TE target
One of Auburn’s biggest mysteries in the 2018 recruiting cycle: tight end position.
The Tigers took two at the position in 2017 with junior college addition Sal Cannella and Colquitt County (Ga.) freshman John Samuel Shenker. But Cannella will play receiver more than tight end, so Auburn — while not desperate — would like depth behind Shenker at tight end.
But, for much of this recruiting cycle, it has been hard to find the prospects the Tigers want at the position.
A new target surfaced Tuesday when colleges were permitted to send formal scholarship offers to their top targets. Ben Sims announced on Twitter that Auburn had offered.
Blessed to have received and offer from Auburn University! 🦅 pic.twitter.com/dOopzUMZuE
— Ben Sims (@BenSims00) August 1, 2017
So who’s Sims?
He’s a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end from San Antonio, Texas who is verbally committed to Baylor and has been since June 2. Sims is ranked as the No. 45 tight end in the nation and the No. 972 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite.
Aside from Baylor, Sims holds offers from Houston, SMU and Bowling Green. It’ll be interesting to see if the Tigers can get the Texas native on campus and create competition with Baylor.
Tyneil Hopper is the only other tight end who has been mentioned throughout the class, and his standing with the Tigers hangs in the balance. Sims could be next man up.
Miami DL has Tigers in top 5
Rodney Garner will attempt to piece together another exemplary recruiting class in the 2018 cycle. The Auburn defensive line coach has a track record of success — and this cycle expects to be no different.
So far, the Tigers only have one commitment on the defensive line, junior college commit Daquan Newkirk. There are several other options available such as Coynis Miller, Andres Fox, Richard Jibunor and others.
Another name to remember: Kayode Oladele.
Oladele is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Champagnat Catholic in Miami. He camped at Auburn two weeks ago and scored an offer. The Tigers left an impression on him because he released a top 5 with Auburn included. Auburn was joined by Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and Ole Miss.
My TOP 5!!! pic.twitter.com/CLkw3CnDx4
— Kayode Oladele (@kaybronsix) August 1, 2017
Oladele was once committed to Florida State, but he de-committed in May. The Seminoles are considered the favorite for Oladele’s services, but it could be a while before he makes a final decision. I’ve been told by someone close to Oladele’s recruitment that Auburn is in the top 3 with Florida State and Tennessee, though there could be a long way to go before an announcement.
When he was on campus, Oladele — a Nigerian native — spent most of his time with Prince Tega Wanogho and Prince Sammons.