Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. These notebooks will now publish in the evening Sunday through Thursday. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country gives updates on two 2019 defensive backs — one who’s visiting and one considering Auburn.
Top-5 safety in nation to make midweek Auburn visit
Jaylen McCollough will be a high priority — correction, a top priority — for any title-contending Power 5 program imaginable.
Alabama, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Southern California are among the two dozen programs to have offered McCollough. That lengthy list of blue bloods says it all. Auburn added its name to the mix on Dec. 7 and will take its involvement a step further Wednesday.
McCollough will arrive on the Plains around 10 a.m. CT Wednesday, he told SEC Country. He isn’t sure exactly what his visit will consist of, or how long it will take, but he anticipates a full day. With Auburn basketball hosting a game Wednesday (against rival Alabama), McCollough likely will stay for that, as most unofficial visitors have this spring when given a similar opportunity.
This specific game is interesting timing for McCollough’s visit, too.
Auburn will be recognized at halftime with the Iron Bowl trophy for its 26-14 win over Alabama in football. Coincidentally, that game was the last time McCollough visited Auburn. That timing seems strategic on the Tigers’ part as they gear up for a recruiting battle with many of the nation’s elite programs, including Alabama.
McCollough is the No. 71-ranked overall prospect in the country and the fourth-best safety, according to the 247Sports composite. The 247Sports Crystal Ball projections cast 58 percent of the 12 predictions in favor of Alabama, which helps us understand why Auburn may be trying to use the 2017 Iron Bowl outcome to its advantage.
McCollough released a top 7 on Jan. 20. It included Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Ohio State. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety from Powder Springs, Ga., already has visited South Carolina and Tennessee during the spring.
Auburn cracks top 10 for Texas cornerback
Auburn continues to take steps toward establishing a Texas pipeline. That’s something the Tigers coaching staff hoped would happen with the addition of tight ends coach Larry Porter last year. With one recruiting cycle under his belt, Auburn’s name is popping up more and more on the “top schools” lists for Class of 2019 Texas targets.
The latest: 4-star cornerback Erick Young.
Young is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback from Richmond, Texas. He picked up his offer from the Tigers last week, so his interest level in the Tigers is fresh. When Young released his top 10, he added a note about his future “top schools” lists. He will announce his top 5 in “40 days,” he said, so there is a timeline the Texas cornerback is operating on.
Southern California, Texas A&M, Georgia, Oregon, Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma and LSU are the other programs in his top 10. That’s a national list, so it won’t be easy for Young to visit most of these schools in the next month and a half before he starts narrowing his list down. As a result, the relationships Young has with coaches on staff will drive this recruitment for now.
Auburn signee Anthony Schwartz … still fast
Maybe you’ve heard: Anthony Schwartz is a track star.
The Auburn wide receiver signee has made a name for himself off the football field as much as he has on it. A 4-star prospect in football, Schwartz is ranked the No. 4 overall track and field recruit in the country, according to Milesplit.com. He’s behind a distance runner, a pole vaulter and another sprinter.
Schwartz is making a claim for that top overall spot — and certainly the top sprinter spot.
He started his last outdoor track season in style.
Schwartz won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the Louie Bing Classic in Miami. He finished the 100 in 10.33 seconds — his fourth-best ever — and the 200 in 20.91 seconds. Schwartz bested the competition in the 100 by .34 seconds and topped the second-place 200 sprinter by .62 seconds, both blowouts in the sprinting world.
The field included Schwartz’s high school teammate Tyson Campbell, a 5-star cornerback signed with Georgia.
The biggest threat to Schwartz’s national youth record is Schwartz. He set the record of 10.15 seconds last spring. After one meet, Schwartz looks poised to top it this spring.
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