Recruiting has picked up steam since beating the nation’s top-ranked team at the time. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.
It’s placed Auburn in a situation it hasn’t been in for, at least, the last two recruiting cycles. The Tigers finally have some momentum. Auburn is the place to be a week from now, just as it was the place to be a week ago.
In only a week since the Auburn-Georgia game, several important recruiting events have occurred. Most importantly, Auburn picked up its first cornerback in the Class of 2018. Christian Tutt chose Auburn over Ohio State and Nebraska.
Auburn hosted several high-priority prospects in the 2019 and 2020 classes for the Louisiana-Monroe game. A few commits were in attendance. The weekend didn’t have as much buzz as the week prior, but with so much to look ahead to next week, there were still several recruiting tidbits to take away from the day:
- These are the five prospects of the future who I’d keep an eye on: offensive lineman Darius Thomas (2019), linebacker King Mwikuta (2019), receiver Kobe Hudson (2020), linebacker Jalen Sims (2019) and linebacker Joko Willis (2019). Auburn made a point to get these five prospects on campus for a game that would allow more personal attention before and after the game.
- A trusted source indicated Auburn isn’t done at cornerback after Tutt’s commitment. No, the Tigers have their sights set on two elite-caliber cornerbacks who they believe they’re among the contenders.
- For starters, Mississippi Gulf Coast cornerback Saivion Smith will likely take his official visit next week for the Iron Bowl. Alabama is the other school involved and the clear team to beat. But Auburn is going to sell its immediate cover corner need (though Alabama has one, too) with Carlton Davis leaving for the NFL and most of the Tigers’ recent cornerback signees filling more of a hybrid role in this defense.
- The other cornerback is perhaps the most interesting: former LSU commit Kelvin Joseph. Auburn offered on Oct. 27, and according to one source, the Tigers feel they’re making a legitimate push here. Joseph has been linked heavily to LSU, Alabama and Florida State, so those are the main programs Auburn will battle for this one. The Tigers are playing from behind, but there is a sense of confidence. It’s still not finalized, but Auburn is working to get Joseph on an official visit for the Iron Bowl next week. Personally, this still seems like a long shot to me.
- Wide receiver recruitment is becoming a little bit more clear. Auburn originally planned on taking three receivers, but they have a couple can’t-miss guys on their board that would be accepted into the class without question. The two who come to mind there are Seth Williams and Justyn Ross. But Auburn (somewhat surprisingly) feels like it’s in the best shape with Anthony Schwartz, though the Tigers are mindful of the looming Florida coaching hire.
- I’ve written that the Trey Hill and Tank Jenkins recruitments could be intertwined. They’re similar prospects, and the Tigers already have two interior linemen. As Auburn gains confidence with Hill — the No. 2 offensive guard in the country — the Tigers will stay patient with other interior offensive line targets, including Jenkins. Jenkins indicated he’d be ready to commit within the next few weeks, and that could still happen. If it does, I’d keep an eye on Louisville and Oklahoma. If he waits, the Tigers might be looking for another option if they miss on Hill.
- An offensive tackle option to follow: Jerome Carvin. It’s been a while since I’ve written about Carvin, but this is a guy who attended the spring game and is considering other programs such as Tennessee and Mississippi State. There could certainly be an opening as the Tigers look for a position of need.
- There hasn’t been a ton of clarity about quarterback, but from what I’ve gathered, it comes down to two guys. It’s Jarren Williams or Emory Jones — or, likely, no one (other than commit Joey Gatewood, of course). With Matt Corral visiting Alabama on Saturday, it makes the potential quarterback carousel loom even larger. Williams’ official visit next week has a lot on the line.