Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Sunday, and SEC Country has a big update on the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, Jadon Haselwood.
Nation’s No. 1 receiver admits Auburn making push
When Jadon Haselwood arrived at Auburn this weekend — for his third visit this spring — he brought along several family members. Haselwood’s mother, his siblings, a couple of cousins and his mentor accompanied him for the Big Cat Weekend visit. It was a big group, especially for someone committed to a rival school.
Haselwood, who has made a few trips on his own, wanted the people closest to him to experience the family vibe often associated with Auburn.
“Because they’re family. That’s what the whole trip was about,” Haselwood said. “That’s what Big Cat is all about. It was fun, man. I’m glad to be here. Everybody got treated like family today.”
Haselwood has been committed to Georgia since March 16, 2017. As the nation’s No. 1 receiver, he’s a staple of the Bulldogs’ class. The multiple return trips to Auburn raise interest, however.
Haselwood visited for a junior day earlier this spring. He joined Owen Pappoe and Wanya Morris on a multi-day trip a couple of months after that. Then Haselwood returned for Big Cat Weekend.
He hasn’t had many conversations with Georgia coaches about these Auburn visits, but he admits they’re likely conscious about them.
“I don’t think they’re really going check me, or say something to me about it, but I know deep down they feel something. But they’re probably concerned, yeah,” Haselwood said.
In terms of interviews I’ve done with Haselwood, his post-Big Cat comments were the most interesting by far.
Asked a question about the status of his recruitment, Haselwood elected to ask for the next question. After saying Pappoe regularly asks him how solid he is to Georgia, Haselwood said “no comment” about his response to those questions.
He gave a simple answer when asked if Auburn is making him think hard about his college choice.
“Yes, they are,” Haselwood said.
Haselwood’s visits to Auburn won’t stop, either. He hasn’t scheduled a date yet, but Haselwood knows already that he’ll take an official visit to the Plains this fall.
A big reason for his continued interest: his friends.
Haselwood has a strong bond with a few Auburn commits — Pappoe, George Pickens and Bo Nix. While Pappoe has taken on a leadership recruiting role, it’s actually Haselwood’s 7-on-7 teammates who he said recruit him the hardest.
“Owen asks me how solid I am to Georgia. I say George and Bo would be on me the hardest. I could. Me, George and Bo already play together in 7-on-7. It really don’t affect anything, but it’s fun. It’s fun playing with them two guys,” Haselwood said. “They really want me to go wherever. I’m not going to pressure anybody to go to Georgia, you know. I tell everybody to be selfish because [picking a college] should be a selfish decision.”
Another Georgia commit makes multi-day visit
Haselwood wasn’t the only Georgia commit at Big Cat Weekend.
Bulldogs linebacker commit Trezmen Marshall arrived at Auburn on Friday afternoon. He stayed through Big Cat Weekend and into Sunday. It was his second trip in three weeks, which is close friend Owen Pappoe made sure to point out when talking about the weekend.
“It’s his second time here in a month, so that says a lot,” Pappoe said.
It has been reported that there’s a gentleman’s agreement brewing between Pappoe and Marshall. Marshall, who didn’t show much interest in Auburn until Pappoe’s commitment, would start to visit Auburn if Pappoe agreed to take an official visit to Georgia. Pappoe isn’t 100 percent certain whether or not he’ll take that official visit, saying Saturday he doesn’t think he will at this point.
With that said, that hasn’t deterred Marshall’s interest in Auburn, per Pappoe.
“He still tells me he wants to play college football with me, so I’ll let you have that,” Marshall said.
Owen Pappoe names recruits trending toward Auburn
Owen Pappoe has quickly become the face of the 2019 recruiting class.
He came to Big Cat Weekend intent on helping add more to the Auburn class. So when he left, he wanted to make sure he alerted the public as to which fellow prospects he thinks are trending toward the Tigers.
“I feel pretty good about Andrew Booth, Colby Wooden and Keiondre Jones. I’d say those three,” Pappoe said, unprompted. “It’s just how they’re talking to me. They’re always telling me they like it a lot. Whenever I’m asking, what’s the move? They’re always giving me looks, so I feel really good about them.”
Pappoe’s sales pitch to those guys?
“Come be a part of something different,” Pappoe said. “We’re doing something special here. I think we’re going to have a top-5 class, so I keep throwing that out to them. I’m telling them to come be a part of it.”
His Big Cat Weekend experience wasn’t all about recruiting others, though that was a big focus.
Instead, Pappoe wanted to bring as many family members as possible — about 10 joined him — so he could prove to them why Auburn was the smart choice for him. He was able to do that and more during the fun, family-oriented recruiting weekend.
“My mission today, I brought a lot of my family, so I just wanted to see them have a good time. I wanted them to see why I love Auburn so much,” Pappoe said.
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