Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday and SEC Country breaks down the official visit schedule for one of its committed prospects who didn’t sign during the early period.
Auburn DT commit breaks down official visit plans
Auburn really wanted Coynis Miller to sign during the early signing period in December, but the Tigers weren’t going to pressure him.
The weekend before the Dec. 20 signing date, several reports surfaced suggesting Miller was taking a last-minute visit to Tennessee. Miller ended up on a visit, but not in Knoxville, Tenn. He was back at the school — Auburn — that he’s been committed to since the fall.
It’s going to take a lot for the Tigers to lose a prospect they’ve prioritized since his junior season. As badly as they wanted him to be locked in already, they’re willing to battle it out with others heading toward signing day.
“I talked to Coach [Rodney Garner], and he wanted me to sign early,” Miller said. “He was like, ‘I’m not putting any pressure on you to sign early,’ so I didn’t. I was up there. I stayed the night up there. We were just talking in the office. Coach G was like, ‘It would be nice if you could sign early. I would like that.’ I just told him I’m not enrolling early so there’s no point. … I’m not enrolling early, so I’d be signing my papers for no reason.”
Miller is the top-ranked defensive tackle in the class, so he’s a piece Auburn can’t afford to lose.
The Tigers are aware of the surrounding threats — Tennessee, Florida and Oregon. Miller will take his official visits to those three destinations. It’ll be Oregon on Jan. 19, Tennessee on Jan. 26 and Florida on Feb. 2. Auburn’s official visit will come first, this weekend.
It won’t be easy for any of the three to leapfrog Auburn.
“There were some schools who came in to offer me and some that told me to come visit. I’m just the type of person that, if you offer me, I’m going to give you some type of shot. I’ll just take some visits first,” Miller said. “Tennessee, if I go down there and love it. I’ll go back down to Florida and see what [Florida coach Dan] Mullen’s talking about. That’s about it.”
Big commitment coming for Auburn?
I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
Expect the Tigers to receive some positive recruiting news at some point Wednesday. I’m not going to give a specific time or a specific position or any hints. I’ll just leave it at this: A big name is planning to come off the board Wednesday, and the Tigers are likely to be on the good side of that news.
Stay tuned with SEC Country for more details.
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