Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Monday, and SEC Country looks at a defensive lineman offer passed out over the weekend. Also, Auburn hosted two key 2019 visitors committed to a big rival.
Auburn offers in-state 2018 defensive lineman
An interesting offer went out at the beginning of the weekend.
Auburn offered in-state defensive lineman Malik Langham.
The 3-star defensive lineman has been one of the biggest rankings risers lately. In the most recent Top247 rankings, Langham jumped 770 spots to No. 222. Many might point to his Alabama offer and Crimson Tide interest to support the rankings rise. But other programs are showing interest, too. Tennessee, Florida and Oregon have all offered in the last six weeks.
Auburn is the latest to follow that trend.
After conversing with Langham briefly, it’s still undetermined whether Langham will take an official visit to Auburn. He officially visited Alabama over the weekend. He’s already taken visits to Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. Florida and Tennessee are set up for the next two weekends, so it’ll be interesting to see if Auburn’s late offer is enough to earn an official visit.
Some people might ask: Why did it take Auburn so long?
Well, the Tigers aren’t the only ones who offered late in the process.
Sans Vanderbilt, all the schools Langham officially visited offered him in December or later. Auburn just happened to do it the latest. Langham’s junior year tape wasn’t impressive enough to even make him a top target last offseason. His 6-foot-5 and 270-pound frame, however, made Langham too difficult to ignore after a stronger senior season.
Another part of Auburn’s wait: The Tigers don’t need to take him on the defensive line.
They already have a solid four in place in the 2018 class with Daquan Newkirk, Coynis Miller, Kayode Oladele and Richard Jibunor. A couple of those prospects fit into the project category, and it’s possible Langham has a slice of that, as well. It may be in Auburn’s best interest look toward the 2019 class instead.
Still, it made sense for Auburn to offer. At the very least, the Tigers will work to earn an official visit.
While Auburn had off weekend, others hosted big visits
The new early signing period has, at least this time around, eliminated the need for as many big recruiting weekends in January.
Auburn, Alabama and LSU have all had weekends in January that didn’t include any official visitors. It was designed to set up bigger official visit weekends at different points throughout the month. In Auburn’s case, that weekend was last weekend.
While the Tigers were off, however, a few of Auburn’s biggest recruiting targets took official visits to other schools. Here are the most intriguing visits from over the weekend.
- 4-star DT commit Coynis Miller to Oregon
- 4-star LB Quay Walker to Alabama
- 4-star WR Justyn Ross to Alabama
- 4-star WR commit Matthew Hill to Clemson
- 4-star OL Richard Gouraige to Ole Miss
- Rice grad transfer OL Calvin Anderson to Texas
The Alabama duo of Walker and Ross is an interesting one to track. I’d encourage my readers to keep an eye on the SEC Country Alabama page this week for updates on those two. With both expected to officially visit Auburn this weekend, there could be some intel in these notebooks, as well.
I’ll also work to gather the latest on Hill. When he left the Auburn visit, the Tigers were confident in holding onto Hill, according to multiple sources. It felt like a home-run official visit with Hill. The only problem was Clemson got to give its pitch after Auburn. For now, he remains committed to Auburn, and I expect that to say the same.
2 2019 Georgia commits visit Auburn
On Saturday, Auburn’s basketball team faced off against Georgia. The Tigers pulled off a double-digit comeback to finish with a double-digit win of their own. Auburn Arena was live on Saturday with one of its best crowds in recent memory.
But the two most important attendees, by some standards, were likely somewhat conflicted about the result.
Five-star 2019 wide receiver Jadon Haselwood and 4-star defensive tackle Rashad Cheney took unofficial visits to Auburn over the weekend. Haselwood is the No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, and Cheney is the No. 192 overall player. Both have been committed to Georgia since last spring, but this isn’t he first time they visited Auburn, having attended a few games.
During the basketball game, Haselwood and Cheney sat with Auburn coaches Gus Malzahn, Chip Lindsey, Kodi Burns and Tim Horton. Early enrollee safety Quindarious Monday was also with the group to take in the game. That was by design. Monday and Haselwood played on the same Cam Newton 7-on-7 team together, which help foster a relationship.
Multiple sources on the Auburn and Georgia side feel this will be a tough flip to pull off, but the Bulldogs commits are listening. They were impressed by the Auburn-Georgia game they attended last fall in Jordan-Hare Stadium. And they have strong relationships with Auburn coaches. The Monday factor helps, too.
It won’t be an easy flip, but both prospects are worth the effort.
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