Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday and SEC Country looks at the Jarren Williams offer and a set of upcoming official visitors.
Jarren Williams offer, and what it means for Auburn
The Monday version of this notebook was a nice piece of foreshadowing for the day to come.
If you missed it, check out the latest on Auburn’s quarterback recruiting plan here.
I wrote at length after meeting with unranked, unknown A.J. Curry. He’s a special player who I expect to serve as a solid backup plan for Auburn if the Tigers were to miss on a major target. In the article, I also laid out the major prospects who seemed the most likely to end up at Auburn, including 4-star Kentucky commit Jarren Williams.
The story outlined how Williams had a growing interest in Auburn and that he was considering a mid-week visit since he’d head down to Miami this weekend. But it also mentioned that, if Williams were to make that mid-week visit, a reassurance of an offer would need to come.
As it turns out, according to a few sources, an offer had already been extended to Williams in the spring. Either way, Auburn reiterated the message to Williams on Monday who tweeted out the offer from the Tigers.
This whole scenario was majorly important, in my opinion. It showed Auburn’s hand in terms of who its No. 1 guy is down the stretch. Even with his commitment to Kentucky, my sources have indicated the Tigers might actually be the team to beat here, with a close eye on Mark Richt and Miami this weekend. Ohio State can’t be ignored, but for the time being, the Buckeyes still have their primary quarterback committed, so it might affect how they approach Williams’ recruitment.
With that said, the quarterback scenario that went down Monday tells me Williams is option No. 1. If that doesn’t work out, Curry would be the likely Plan B. For what it’s worth, from having interacted with both quarterbacks, there are a lot of mental similarities between the two quarterbacks. Williams has the major advantage from a development standpoint.
Auburn sets up several official visits coming up
Including Williams, SEC Country managed to scrape up a few official visit plans on Sunday and Monday. Auburn will likely host many of its official visitors in December, but there will be a select group that take officials in each of the next three home games. Some of the prospects I have as unofficial visitors over the next couple weeks are likely to change those plans to officials just based on schedule availability.
For right now, I’ve been able to confirm the official visits of four top targets.
- 4-star QB Jarren Williams: A mid-week unofficial visit could still take place (more than once realistically) in the next couple weeks. But one thing is for certain: Williams will be at Auburn for the Iron Bowl. The Auburn-Alabama game is sure to be a crazy recruiting event for the Tigers. It’ll be headlined by the top quarterback target left on Auburn’s board. Williams has an official visit this weekend at Miami and an official visit next weekend at Ohio State. Kentucky will receive the last official visit in December.
- 4-star TE Luke Ford: The tight end has made one visit to Auburn already. It included a personal campus tour with Gus Malzahn, which is something that stood out to Ford on his southeastern tour. He always said he’d be back. According to his father, that’s the plan for the Iron Bowl. Ford expects to take an official visit for the Auburn-Alabama game. This one feels like a long shot based on how Ford feels about Georgia and Alabama, but it’s not over until it’s over.
- 4-star CB Christian Tutt: I’d written that the best cornerback Auburn is still recruiting could visit for the Georgia game. As 247Sports first reported, that visit is going to be an official one. Tutt has visited Auburn several times this year, though he’s managed to keep most of the details about his recruitment relatively quiet. He’ll be back for his first game of the season on an official visit, and you have to like the Tigers’ growing chances.
- 3-star ATH Jamien Sherwood: This one had already been reported in this space, but Sherwood will be the first Auburn commit to take an official visit this recruiting cycle. Sherwood is still flirting with Florida and a few other, but it would surprise me to see his decision change, unless a complete coaching overhaul were to take place on the Plains.