Recruiting question of the day: Which Auburn commits plan to sign/enroll early?
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Which commits are January enrollees & which commits plan to sign in the early period on December 20-22? https://t.co/0OaXwgpNdm
— Mike Ellington (@Ellitor_AU) December 11, 2017
Let me begin with the obligatory disclaimer: This is all subject to change in short order.
It’s that time of year when craziness ensues. But it’s also the first time we’ve encountered this early signing period, so there isn’t much intel to fall back on to see how recruits and coaches will use this designated signing period to their own benefit. I’ve had two sources indicate the potential of some class attrition, but those conversations didn’t get into specific prospects or reasons why. That’s not what this piece is about, and now isn’t the time to get into those details.
So for the sake of this conversation, we’ll break it down based on what each prospect has told SEC Country regarding their respective plans going forward. Some prospects want the process to end sooner rather than later, so they’ll sign. Others would rather just utilize the February signing day to save themselves from any potential risk, whatever that may be.
Auburn wants as many guys to sign early as possible. It allows for the school to use time and resources more specifically in January than in previous years. With that said, the Tigers are also amid a numbers crunch as referenced above and that could affect how many spots they attempt to fill from Dec. 20-22 as opposed to waiting through January to see how other decisions play out.
As of now:
- Auburn commits who plan to sign early: 15 of 18
- Tigers commits who plan to enroll early: 8 of 18
|Player||247Sports Composite rank||Sign early?||Enroll early?|
|4-star WR Matthew Hill||No. 20 WR||No||No|
|4-star QB Joey Gatewood||No. 3 ATH||Yes||Yes|
|4-star DT Coynis Miller||No. 13 DT||No||No|
|4-star WR Seth Williams||No. 33 WR||Yes||No|
|4-star LB Zakoby McClain||No. 13 OLB||Yes||No|
|4-star S Quindarious Monday||No. 9 ATH||Yes||Yes|
|4-star RB Asa Martin||No. 9 RB||Yes||Yes|
|4-star CB Christian Tutt||No. 25 CB||Yes||Yes|
|4-star S Jamien Sherwood||No. 20 S||Yes||Yes|
|4-star LB Michael Harris||No. 13 ILB||Yes||No|
|4-star LB Richard Jibunor||No. 12 ATH||Yes||No|
|4-star RB Shaun Shivers||No. 8 APB||Yes||No|
|4-star OL Jalil Irvin||No. 17 OG||No||No|
|3-star DL Daquan Newkirk||No. 1 SDE (JUCO)||Yes||Yes|
|3-star WR Shedrick Jackson||No. 74 WR||Yes||Yes|
|3-star S Kolbi Fuqua||No. 41 ATH||Yes||No|
|3-star OL Kam Stutts||No. 62 OT||Yes||No|
|3-star ATH Josh Marsh||No. 84 OLB||Yes||Yes|
It’s worth noting there are a handful of other Auburn targets who will enroll or sign early. The Tigers aren’t guaranteed to land these prospects in their Class of 2018, but here are the remaining targets who could also hop on campus in January, or at least put pen to paper. Again, this list is subject to change and likely will grow rapidly as junior college evaluations come in.
- 4-star OL Trey Hill
- 4-star QB Emory Jones
- 4-star TE Luke Ford
- 3-star OL Jerome Carvin
- 3-star JUCO OL Noah Banks
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