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 a linebacker trending elsewhere and the safety situation.
Auburn will have trouble landing Channing Tindall
It looks to be near the end for Auburn’s chances with 4-star linebacker Channing Tindall, but the Tigers won’t give up yet.
At his U.S. Army All-American game jersey ceremony, Tindall came the closest he’s been to eliminating Auburn from the conversation. The Tigers have always felt to be on the outside looking in, but Auburn — primarily due to his relationship with Travis Williams — has been among his top list of schools throughout the process.
On Thursday, that changed.
“South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. I’m going to make my decision by the end of the year. I’m pretty sure I’m firm with those three schools,” Tindall told SEC Country.
That doesn’t sound good for Auburn.
But he offered one bit of saving grace.
“I might go to the Auburn vs. Georgia game or take an unofficial to Clemson. I’m not sure yet,” Tindall said.
Auburn hasn’t been able to get Tindall on campus so far this football season, which is a big reason the Tigers have fallen off. It’s not an easy trip to make from Columbia, S.C. That has hurt Auburn throughout this recruitment. Even if it’s against Georgia, a school many view as Tindall’s leader, it would serve Auburn well to get Tindall on campus.
Get him on campus and beat the Bulldogs? That just might be enough to secure a December official visit and keep up the fight for one more month.
But it’ll be a long shot.
Playing it safe at the safety position
Quindarious Monday won’t be at the Auburn game on Saturday against Georgia. Instead, he’ll travel to Clemson for the matchup versus Florida State. That is going to worry a lot of Auburn fans.
How could the top safety not come to Auburn’s biggest game of the season?
Fear not, at least for now. Monday wanted to make it for Clemson’s final home game of the season. With mostly Saturday games, it hasn’t been easy for Monday to take college game visits throughout this year. Auburn has the Louisiana-Monroe and Alabama games ahead, so Monday felt taking a visit to Clemson would be his last chance to go there.
It’s not time to panic yet, but it’s something to keep an eye on considering Auburn narrowly beat out Clemson when Monday committed.
Auburn appears to be taking precautionary measures at safety, just in case.
I spoke with New Orleans safety target Joe Foucha at the beginning of the week to ask if he’d be at the Auburn-Georgia game. He said it’d be much more likely for him to be at the Iron Bowl. Later in the week, Foucha reached back out to tell me he had “exciting news” — that he was, in fact, going to the Auburn-Georgia game.
It seems like Foucha’s increased interest in the Auburn visit this weekend isn’t a coincidence. If things were to fall apart with Monday, Foucha might be option No. 1.
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