State of Alabama’s top defender Jalyn Armour-Davis adds Alabama to Auburn’s competition
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we reassess the top six of the state of Alabama’s top defensive prospect.
Armour-Davis reconsiders Crimson Tide
Don’t count out Auburn’s biggest rival for Jalyn Armour-Davis, one of the top players in the state.
The No. 1 defensive prospect in Alabama released a top-six list recently sans the Crimson Tide, which came as a surprise to many given the priority Nick Saban showed to Armour-Davis on National Signing Day.
There appears to be a slight amendment to that list.
SEC Country Alabama writer Chris Kirschner spoke with Armour-Davis, who cleared up some confusion about the Alabama-less list.
“Bama is still in the mix,” Armour-Davis told Kirschner. “I just realize my opportunity.”
The Crimson Tide rarely miss on the top in-state prospects, so for the top defensive player to not include Alabama in his top six was startling, to say the least. Armour-Davis will be one of many prospects in the state this season — Justyn Ross, Andres Fox, Seth Williams, Coynis Miller and others — who will be courted by both sides of the Iron Bowl rivalry.
Auburn made the list, and the Tigers will be in the race until the end, which likely will end sooner than later. Armour-Davis received his first offer from Auburn, which he’s mentioned repeatedly as an important factor in his final decision.
The addition of Alabama to the mix, while unexpected, adds some intrigue and complicates Auburn’s chances.
DB high on Auburn opts to lay low
Auburn defensive back target Jordan Miner will make a stable, calculated decision. He wants to take all five official visits, which will include one of the programs he ultimately commits to and signs with. The cornerback doesn’t want to do interviews during the recruiting process because he doesn’t want to lead any fan base astray.
Miner revealed this message through a now-deleted tweet, but that falls in line with his approach at the Under Armour camp a few weeks ago in Orlando.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback went about his business without much vocal interaction. He broke up pass after pass in 7-on-7 drills thanks to his lanky frame and impressive recovery speed, which showcased itself in a top-eight finish of the iLLSPEED agility competition.
Auburn likely will be one of those five schools to receive an official visit from Miner, though it’s unofficial. Miner doesn’t appear likely to say publicly when those visits will take place.
The 4-star cornerback has offers from Florida, Auburn, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina and a handful of others. Once he narrows his official visit list, Auburn likely will be in good shape.
Offer to a tight end
There’s been a lot of talk this spring that Auburn’s usage of tight ends will change under the leadership of offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. That remains to be proven on the field, but the recruiting evidence is starting to pile up.
The Tigers have extended several TE offers during the 2018 recruiting cycle, a few post-National Signing Day. Auburn sent out another on Thursday to Jacob Warren, who also has offers from Tennessee, Duke and Ole Miss.
Warren is a 6-6, 215-pound tight end from Knoxville, Tenn., so the Volunteers are the natural favorites.
It’s still telling that Auburn, since the hire of Lindsey and Larry Porter, has revved up TE recruiting efforts. Here’s Warren’s highlight tape below.
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