Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday and SEC Country breaks down the decision for 4-star cornerback Christian Tutt. Also, here’s the latest on Ryland Goede, Caleb Tannor and A.J. Curry.
4-star cornerback preps for Auburn-Ohio State decision
In an unlikely spin, Auburn is on commit watch Tuesday.
Christian Tutt will make his decision between Auburn and Ohio State after taking an official visit to the Plains over the weekend. Tutt hasn’t been a primary recruiting figure for the Tigers — at least publicly — until recently. He always seemed to prioritize the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Nebraska.
But with some of those schools looking elsewhere at cornerback, it allowed Auburn to creep in late in the game.
Here are all the things we know as Tutt prepares to make his decision at 3 p.m. ET for his U.S. Army All-American Game jersey ceremony in Thomson, Ga.
- Tutt is a take for Auburn.
- He’s also a take for Ohio State and Nebraska, though Tutt already eliminated the Cornhuskers.
- Auburn has a need at cornerback, which became very clear to Tutt over the course of the official visit.
- Even when Auburn appeared to be out of it, defensive backs coach Greg Brown was in regular communication with Tutt and visited his high school in the spring. That consistency made an impression on Tutt.
- Tutt wanted to make his commitment decision for his U.S. Army All-American Game jersey ceremony all along, but coming into his official visit last weekend, he thought it was possible he would have to delay his decision. He isn’t delaying it, if that gives you an indication where he’s leaning.
I fully expect the 4-star prospect, the No. 25 cornerback in the 2018 class, to choose the Tigers over the Buckeyes on Tuesday. If my hunches are correct, that’ll boost Auburn up five spots to the No. 14 class in the team rankings, which will put the Tigers in a realistic shot to crack the top 10 once again.
SEC Country will be in attendance, so follow the Auburn page on Facebook because I’ll post a live video feed during the ceremony. There will be plenty of post-commitment content on the site, as well.
Top 2019 tight end expresses love for Auburn
My Dawgnation colleague Jeff Sentell caught up with a key 2019 prospect who visited for the Auburn-Georgia game.
Ryland Goede is one of the top tight ends, if not the best tight end in the 2019 class. He has always considered Auburn and Georgia to be the two teams to beat in his recruitment, with a few others lingering around. Georgia has been spun as the team to beat for quite some time, and one game isn’t going to change his impression of either school, as Sentell articulated in his article.
With that said, Goede’s impression of Auburn has always been top-notch. Here’s what he told Sentell about how he perceives Auburn and its coaching staff.
“Auburn kind of feels like home for me,” Goede told Sentell. “That campus fits me. That coaching staff and the personalities of that staff just fit me. I was at camp this summer, and they had a cookout at the camp. I just sat down with the coaches and talked for hours after that camp. It was me and all the coaches and their families. We just sat down and talked. It was fun to get to know them better.”
That sounds like a guy who really loves the Plains. He has two really close friends — Dominick Blaylock and J.D. Bertrand — who already committed to Georgia in the Class of 2019, which is probably why he claims the Bulldogs have the lead by a slim margin over Auburn and Michigan.
Still, Goede expects to be back for the Iron Bowl, and that’s something to watch. He hopes to have an offseason decision.
One-time Auburn target de-commits from Georgia
This one could look like timing in the public eye, but it was trending this way for a while.
Caleb Tannor de-committed from Georgia on Monday night, which caught the attention of a lot of people in the Auburn fan base for good reason. Tannor is a 4-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Lithonia, Ga. He’s a tall, athletic guy who has a lot of upside as a pass rusher.
But this wasn’t a decision that happened overnight, or just because Georgia lost to Auburn. Tannor found himself as the odd-man out in a Georgia pass-rusher class that is loading up. The Bulldogs already have commitments from Adam Anderson and Azeez Ojulari (who visited Auburn last Saturday). They’re also in the game for KJ Henry and Channing Tindall who could fill similar roles.
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With only six or so spots remaining in Georgia’s class, the number crunch has already started and pass-rusher was a good place to start.
So why was Tannor the odd-man out?
It doesn’t have to do with talent. Tannor hasn’t been playing football for that long, but he’s a special athlete who, with a few years of grooming, has a chance to be an all-SEC-caliber pass-rusher. The bigger concern with Tannor are a few academic things that still have a chance to be worked out with a strong final semester.
Remember this: When Tannor made his initial choice, it was down to Auburn and Georgia. He chose Georgia, but he visited the Plains the day before he made his decision, and the Tigers would’ve loved to accept his commitment. The academic side of things could create a few hiccups, but I still expect Auburn to become a major player for Tannor once again.
Auburn quarterback target commits to another schools
An Auburn quarterback target committed to another program Monday.
A.J. Curry, the under-the-radar guy Auburn has identified recently, decided to announce his commitment to Western Carolina. Curry held offers from programs like Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic, South Alabama and others, but Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State began to communicate regularly with him. That communication included two game visits to Auburn.
Part of Curry’s decision was based around Auburn’s attempt to land other higher-ranked quarterbacks in the 2018 class such as Jarren Williams and Emory Jones. Curry wanted to secure his spot in the class of a program who already offered. If other opportunities end up arising, he’ll go from there.
“The plan was, if I didn’t get offered this weekend [at the Auburn game], then it was time to work out my decision the next day. I told my family it’s better to attack the opportunity I already have,” Curry said. “I’m still open to all schools.”
In other words, we will double back around on Curry if the Tigers miss on Williams and Jones to see what Auburn’s next plan is at the quarterback position. For now, keep your sights set on the two aforementioned 4-star quarterbacks.
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