Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday and SEC Country looks at the recruitment of CD Daniels and Caleb Johnson, as well as a top 2019 target..
Memphis cornerback commit waiting on Auburn offer
Auburn’s cornerback recruiting is beginning to find clarity.
After months of uncertainty, the Tigers landed their first cornerback commitment earlier in the week when Christian Tutt chose Auburn over Ohio State. But it doesn’t appear the Tigers are done searching for more cornerbacks in the Class of 2018. No, it’s quite possible Auburn tries to haul in one or two more in the class.
A good place to start: Memphis commit CD Daniels.
I’ve mentioned Daniels in previous notebooks as a cornerback to watch. He’s still in that category, but the mutual interest between Daniels and Auburn grows by the day. Daniels has attended two Auburn games so far this year, including the Georgia blowout, and the 6-foot-2, 175-pound cornerback is thinking about the Tigers a lot.
“They’re just telling me to keep grinding, doing what I do. They love me. They would like to see me here. We basically just keep communicating and see how it goes,” Daniels told SEC Country. “Coach [Greg] Brown. I talk to him probably like twice a week, especially on a Friday night after the game. I tell him how we did and stuff like that. He loves my playmaking ability and said he could see me making plays here.”
Daniels, who has been committed to Memphis since July, has been a standout for Homewood in Birmingham, Ala., this season. It’s caught the attention of multiple coaching staffs, namely Auburn.
According to Daniels, only Auburn has a chance to flip him from Memphis.
“They said to just to keep in touch. I think it’s [the offer] going to come soon,” Daniels said. “I’m really going to consider it. It’s just Memphis and Auburn at this point.”
Daniels will return to Auburn for the Iron Bowl.
Top 2019 target sets new top 3
King Mwikuta, one of the best players in the Class of 2019, always brings energy to his interviews. He doesn’t shy away from talking about his recruitment — the ups, the downs, the new, the old. Mwikuta shoots it straight at all times, though it’s worth noting his preferences are easily persuaded by the games he’s at and the productivity of the programs.
This was no different coming off his most recent visit for the Georgia game when Mwikuta restructured his top three.
“Oh yeah, [Auburn’s] got a shot now. I dropped Florida State out of my top 3. So my top 3 right here [in order] is Alabama, Auburn and Miami,” Mwikuta said.
Alabama has been the constant in this. The Crimson Tide always find themselves at the top of his list, and when Mwikuta makes his decision in the near future, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Alabama as the final choice. In fact, I almost expect it.
But Auburn has some staying power for Mwikuta. Travis Williams and Rodney Garner provide his closest relationships, and he’s on the Plains seemingly for every home game. It’s become a home, of sorts, for Mwikuta on gamedays.
“Man, that’s the loudest stadium. I don’t care where you go,” Mwikuta said. “The crowd is insane. I don’t care where you go. Alabama, anywhere.”
Mwikuta will return for the Iron Bowl. It’ll be a great opportunity for Auburn to show one of its top 2019 prospects how it matches up against Mwikuta’s top schools.
Out-of-state DE headed for AU-UGA-UT battle
One of the more intrigued prospects by last week’s matchup was 3-star defensive lineman Caleb Johnson. He has a top 3 of Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee, so it makes sense why. The Bulldogs have been the perceived favorite, but they also have limited spots remaining in their 2018 class.
Last weekend, Johnson saw up close how Auburn’s defensive line performs. It didn’t necessarily alter his recruitment, but it made him take a step back to assess.
“It kinda sways it a little bit, but not a lot. I know how I feel about both teams, and it mostly stayed the same,” Johnson said. “I talked to coach Garner. That was it. He just told me he wanted to get me back up here for a couple more visits, and he wants me to keep in touch.”
Auburn really likes the athleticism Johnson brings to the defensive line. There are a few other defensive linemen in the class who could have an affect on how hard the Tigers push for Johnson, but if they’re going to make that push, it’d be better to do it sooner rather than later.
He’d like to have a college decision next month. Johnson will return for the Alabama game, which to my knowledge, is his third Auburn game visit of the season.
“I’m hearing a lot of changes. At Tennessee, I’m not really sure what’s going on there. At Georgia, I’m not really sure what’s going on there. Same here. I’m just letting it play out,” Johnson said.
Miss a previous Auburn recruiting notebook? Find every daily recap of Auburn Tigers recruiting right here.