Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Thursday, and SEC Country has an update on Colby Wooden. Also, there are some 7-on-7 passing camp notes and a few tackles who will be on visits this weekend.
Colby Wooden talks timeline, friendship with 5-star CB
Every cycle, there are a few players whose recruiting rankings don’t make much sense. It’s the nature of the beast, attempting to rate thousands of prospects, most of whom will end up in the Division I ranks. All the rankings won’t be spot-on.
That’s why, beyond the rankings, it’s valuable to assess a prospect by the quality of the programs recruiting him.
Archer (Ga.) defensive lineman Colby Wooden might be the best proof of that in the 2019 class.
Wooden ranks as a 3-star prospect, the No. 469 overall player in the nation. That is subject to change, and I expect it will. Wooden, however, is a highly coveted prospect for Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida and Florida State. To me, that tells a much fuller story than any ranking.
And this bodes well for Auburn: The Tigers are at or near the top of Wooden’s interest list.
“Auburn’s high up on the list. I really love it. It’s the environment. It’s the coaches. It’s the players. It’s a place I love being and could see myself playing,” Wooden said. “I’d say the coaches and how I feel when I’m here. I love the environment. There’s something about the feeling. Plus, the other recruits-slash-players keep putting it in my ear.”
Those players in his ear the most? Linebacker commit Owen Pappoe and junior defensive tackle Derrick Brown.
Pappoe is the driving force from the 2019 class who is convincing Wooden to join the Tigers. Brown is a player already on Auburn’s roster who knows what it’s like to be a top target from metro Atlanta who found success on the Plains.
That decision for Wooden will come in the summer. He said August is likely, but the July dead period isn’t out of the question if he feels ready. When that decision is made, it will be final.
“No, once I commit, that’s it. No more visits, unofficial or official,” Wooden said.
Wooden is high school teammates with 5-star cornerback Andrew Booth. Auburn, Clemson and Georgia are the three programs battling it out most for both of those prospects. One source close to both said it feels as if Auburn is in the driver’s seat for Booth and Wooden, but the battle isn’t over.
As for Wooden, he would love to play with Booth in college, but they’re making separate decisions.
“Oh yeah, that’s my brother. We talk about it from time to time, but we’re going to do whatever our hearts are at. That’s what we need to do for ourselves,” Wooden said. “But yeah, it’d be cool to keep playing together.”
Auburn 7-on-7 passing camp notes
Here are a few notes from the 7-on-7 passing camp that took place Thursday:
- There was more talent this year than in recent years. Thirty-five teams participated in the camp. The field included programs such as Pinson Valley (Ala.), Thompson (Ala.), Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.), Colquitt County (Ga.), Eagle’s Landing (Ga.), Auburn (Ala.), Opelika (Ala.), Daphne (Ala.), Troup County (Ga.) and Callaway (Ga.).
- The last school mentioned on that list, Callaway, was intriguing, but not for the purposes of 7-on-7. Callaway guard Keiondre Jones visited for the day. That’s a fairly big development given the fact he was just on campus last weekend on an official visit. He will head to Florida on Saturday for his official there. My sources indicate Auburn leads No. 2 Clemson for the time being.
- Auburn quarterback commit Bo Nix looked sharp, but his team fell in the semifinals to Central. Alabama quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa is very impressive in a 7-on-7 setting. He makes all the throws and does so with composure and ease.
- Auburn coaches watched closely to see the performance of new wide receiver commit Ja’Varrius Johnson. They were quite pleased. Johnson is a special player whose ranking will leap big-time in the next few months.
3 tackles will visit Auburn this weekend
It’s been reported that 5-star tackle Devontae Dobbs will officially visit Auburn this weekend. That hasn’t changed. But he won’t be the only tackle to visit this week.
I’ve reported that Rhode Island tackle Xavier Truss planned to return to Auburn in June. He will make that trip this weekend. Truss will arrive on the Plains on Friday.
IMG Academy tackle and TCU commit Justin Osborne also plans to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. He’s a prospect the Tigers have been working on for a few months.
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