With the 2017 recruiting cycle in full swing, SEC Country examined the top Auburn recruiting headlines from this past week.
Four-star linebacker Markail Benton has been considered Auburn’s to lose in 2017, but the in-state prospect dispelled that notion earlier in the week. Benton told SEC Country that he’s on Auburn’s campus so often given how close it is to his home in Phenix City. The No. 2 prospect in the state says that shouldn’t be taken as a sign of things to come.
“No, I would not say that. I just go to Auburn a lot because it’s right up the road,” said Benton, the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country. “Plus, I have a teammate (John Broussard) that goes there now.”
Several other schools are also pursuing Benton, but Alabama appears to be the toughest competition facing Auburn. Benton unofficially visited Tuscaloosa last weekend and plans to return again on Saturday. Regardless, the Tigers remain in an ideal position to sign Benton.
Xavier McKinney didn’t at all enjoy his first trip to Auburn last fall. The four-star safety and Alabama commit told SEC Country he felt he wasn’t a priority, and his relationship with the Tigers took a hit in the ensuing months. But Wesley McGriff’s arrival to Auburn could signal the birth of a stronger relationship. The first-year defensive backs coach extended an offer to McKinney shortly after he was hired in January, and both sides communicate almost daily. McKinney didn’t indicate that the Tigers have made up ground, but he did express interest in the program. McGriff has his work cut out for him. With Alabama and Georgia pursuing McKinney, Auburn’s window appears small.
The Tigers have risen to the top of Jeremiah Holloman’s list of favorites after extending an offer to the three-star receiver three days ago. Clearly, Auburn isn’t backing away from recruiting receivers in 2017, particularly those with similar builds to signees Kyle Davis and Nate Craig-Myers. At 6-foot-3, Holloman is one of the rising receivers in 2017. He’s currently being pursued by several SEC schools, including Georgia and Alabama. Auburn figures to be a contender for Holloman in the end.
McGriff continues to pursue young talent in the Metro Atlanta area, including a 2018 safety by the name of Myles Sims. Sims, who hails from Westlake High School, picked up an offer from the Tigers following the program’s Junior Day event in February. In the weeks since, Sims and McGriff have developed a strong bond. Now, Auburn has positioned itself among Sims’ early favorites.
Jeremiah Holloman, three-star receiver, Covington, Ga.
Blessed to receive an offer from Auburn University ? pic.twitter.com/uZLKQkTcck
— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) March 14, 2016
Hunter Bryant, four-star tight end, Bellevue, Wash.
— Hunter Bryant (@blackbeast88) March 14, 2016