Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday, and SEC Country looks at a top linebacker and a possibility at tight end.
Auburn targets South Georgia linebacker
With a few seniors set to graduate after the 2018 season, Auburn will try to load up on linebackers in the 2019 class.
In the last two recruiting classes, Auburn has signed a combined five linebackers — KJ Britt, Chandler Wooten, TD Moultry, Zakoby McClain and Michael Harris. Moultry has been moved to the Buck position. Those limited additions have nothing to do with recruiting misses, considering Travis Williams has been the staff’s ace recruiter. It has more to do with positional depth.
In 2019, Auburn expects to load up at the position.
Kalen Deloach is one of the many starting points.
Deloach is the No. 13-ranked outside linebacker in the 2019 class. He has picked up a lot of steam recently with offers from Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina and others. Deloach received his Auburn offer courtesy of defensive coordinator Kevin Steele in January and returned for a junior day in early February.
Steele has made an early impression on Deloach.
“He’s a great coach so far. He’s a great man. He treats me well. I like that,” said Deloach, who visited Auburn two weeks ago.
He’ll likely be a busy man this spring.
Deloach is scheduled to make a recruiting trip this weekend to see Ohio State and Michigan on back-to-back days. It wouldn’t be surprising to see either or both offer, which would add some national intrigue to one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Southeast.
As for Auburn, the Tigers laid the groundwork early.
“It was my first time, and it was nice. I enjoyed it,” Deloach said. “I liked the people. I liked getting to know the coaches, their coaching style, and I liked building the relationships.”
Tight end offer to watch for Auburn
As written earlier this week on SEC Country, Auburn will be in the market for multiple tight ends in the 2019 cycle.
There are several offered prospects on the Tigers radar. Auburn has strong interest in several tight ends across the Southeast, a few of them who attended junior day and were mentioned in the article about tight ends linked above.
One of those names: Sean Brown from Coosa High School in Rome, Ga.
Brown holds offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and N.C. State, among others, with schools such as Auburn, Georgia and Florida State communicating often. Auburn hasn’t offered, but Brown said his junior day visit earlier in February gave him extra hope that it would happen.
If it does, it would be a big one.
“They’re coming this spring to watch me practice,” Brown said. “I just want to play SEC ball. That’s been my dream since I was a kid.”
Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and tight ends coach Larry Porter stopped at Brown’s high school separately in the spring. The two-coach effort generally give an indication of a program’s interest.
In Auburn’s case, that’s high despite not offering yet.
The Tigers’ message to the 6-foot-5, 243-pound tight end has been clear.
“What they’re saying now is any freshman tight end that comes in, they’re going to get some playing time. That means a lot to me,” Brown said.
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