Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country has another top Buck target in mind. Also, is a big weekend ahead for the Tigers?
Buck target: ‘100 percent’ chance he’ll visit Auburn again
Mid-interview, Khris Bogle dropped the Gatorade bottle he was holding. As an uncoordinated reporter, I felt entitled to make a joke about the 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., asking if his hands and ball security were cause for concern for college teams.
Bogle took the jab in stride, and he responded in good fun — and truthfully.
“I just like to hit quarterbacks,” Bogle said with a smile.
That he does, and that he will.
Bogle has been one of the rising stars this spring in South Florida. Georgia, Nebraska, USC, Ole Miss and Auburn have offered. He already held offers from the three major in-state programs. Programs such as Notre Dame and Penn State jumped on board last fall.
Auburn’s interest picked up after some initial scouting by area recruiter Larry Porter. Porter and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele saw Bogle practice this spring and were immediately drawn by his combination of size and speed.
He fit exactly what they search for in their Buck targets.
“Me and Coach Porter, we’ve been talking for a little minute now. Me, Coach Porter and Coach Steele, it’s just been great since they started recruiting me,” Bogle said. “I came up to take a visit with a few other guys, and it’s like a family atmosphere. They’ve been talking to me a lot lately, so we’re going to see what happens.”
Auburn likes Bogle as a Buck, which differs some from a few other programs recruiting him. He gauged that it was about “half and half” of schools recruiting him to play with his hand in the dirt versus standing up.
“It’s different for some schools. Some teams want me to play down, and I can play down because I play down in high school. But Auburn, they want me stand up. I’ve got the speed to get around the edge, too, and that’s what they want me doing,” Bogle said. “I like either way.”
Auburn has a few Buck targets on its radar. Bogle and Gulfport, Miss., prospect Derick Hall top that list.
Bogle made his first trip to the Plains for Big Cat Weekend. He will likely check out a bunch of schools this spring — Tennessee (already visited officially), Miami, Florida, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State. The Tigers made a major impression, however.
And according to Bogle, he’ll be back at Auburn: “100 percent.”
Bogle would like to make a decision in July. If that’s not possible he’ll likely wait until Signing Day because he doesn’t want his recruitment to interfere with football season.
Potential for big weekend at Auburn?
There should be an update on 4-star wide receiver Jalen Curry on Wednesday after his official visit. Any good news for the Tigers could be the start of a few good days on the Plains.
There are at least two big visitors from South Georgia expected to be on Auburn’s campus this weekend. As always, there could be more, especially with another camp coming up. Here are the two big prospects who plan to be on campus this weekend.
- 4-star DE Curtis Fann
- 4-star ATH Jashawn Sheffield
Fann hasn’t visited Auburn this spring, but he’s communicating with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele almost daily. He has a strong relationship with several Auburn commits and targets, including Sheffield, so it’s big for the Tigers to finally get him back on campus.
Sheffield has been a bit of a mystery. It appeared that he was closing in on a commitment this spring, but he decided to hold off. His visit could be a sign of good news to come for the Tigers.