Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Monday, and SEC Country catches up with offensive line commit Jalil Irvin. Also, check out some commitment analysis.
Catching up with OL commit Jalil Irvin
Jalil Irvin can barely be labeled a recruit now. He’s officially turned his title over to recruiter.
The offensive lineman from Stephenson High (Ga.) has only visited Auburn for one game this season, but it was enough to solidify his commitment once and for all. There weren’t any doubts to begin with, but Irvin is firm in his commitment, which will allow him to focus on recruiting others to join the class.
“My most recent visit just solidified it even more. I was never looking at anywhere else. But it really just solidified it. It’s a really good program,” Irvin said. “I just really love Auburn.”
He wants others to feel the same way.
As for his recruiter role, Irvin has his eyes set on two prospects: Trey Hill and Dylan Wonnum, both fellow offensive linemen.
Dating back to the spring, those were the two recruits Irvin wanted to join him along the offensive line. As the cycle as wore on, it’s become much more likely that either or both of those guys end up in the Auburn class. The Tigers have two spots to fill on the offensive line, and they’d be thrilled if it was those two.
Irvin got some time with Hill at his previous visit. Hill is a tough one to read, but Irvin likes the position the Tigers are in. As for Hill, he said Irvin was the Auburn-related recruit he hears from most regularly.
“I talked to Trey Hill. I think we’re actually in the running. Me and [wide receiver commit] Shedrick [Jackson] were telling him, ‘Bro, this is the move. You see what we’re doing.’ We can be really good,” Irvin said. “He’s just saying he don’t really know. He says they’re in the running, though. He’s really thinking about it. As long as I know we’re in the running.”
Hill grew up as close friends with Wonnum. They were on the same high school team last year before Wonnum transferred to Tucker High (Ga.). Hill talks with Wonnum and his mother on a semi-regular basis.
As far as Irvin knows, Wonnum really is up in the air about his college choice.
“They’re in the running, but he really just doesn’t know. It’s down to LSU, South Carolina and Auburn. He just doesn’t know where he wants to go. It’s down to those three,” Irvin said.
Irvin’s recruitment is, in effect, over. He doesn’t plan on visiting anywhere else. Irvin won’t sign until the February signing period. Expect him to take his official visit for the Alabama game, or more likely in January.
What Coynis Miller’s commitment means
Ignore the bad things that happened in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Remember the great thing that took place in Birmingham earlier in the day.
Four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller finally announced his intent to play for Auburn rather than Alabama or Florida. It was a long time coming.
But it also adds much more convincing clarity to the defensive end position.
With Miller and Daquan Newkirk, let’s consider that two defensive tackles in the 2018 class. Rodney Garner would like to sign at least five in this recruiting cycle. Miller’s decision clears up any remaining uncertainty among interior defensive linemen.
With three spots to fill, there is one interior-exterior hybrid to add. Andres Fox clearly makes the most sense in that regard.
Then there are the defensive ends. Richard Jibunor and Kayode Oladele would bring a fierce Nigerian combo to the Tigers’ defensive line. Caleb Johnson, who visited for the Auburn-Ole Miss game, could be another potential option down the line.
Who’s next to commit to Auburn?
This is the question I always get right after a commitment.
Let’s keep this short and sweet: Richard Jibunor.
He is set to decide in November, which is the soonest anyone plans to make a decision. When Jibunor chooses, I think Auburn is the safe bet for now.
There are a few other prospects — Michael Parker, CD Daniels, Tyneil Hopper, Derek Turner and others — who would be likely to jump on board immediately if given the authority to commit. But as for now, I’ll ride with Jibunor.