Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we look ahead to 2019 with defensive end/linebacker target King Mwikuta who had interesting promises regarding Auburn football this fall.
Top 2019 DE/OLB jumps Auburn over FSU
AUBURN, Ala. — King Mwikuta, one of the hottest 2019 prospects up for grabs, made a bold statement following his A-Day visit.
“I ain’t going to miss no home games. That’s a promise,” Mwikuta said. “I can’t miss an Auburn game, unless a hurricane comes through, I’m going to be there.”
Mwikuta is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker from Troup County High and Lagrange, Ga. He visited Auburn about 8 times during his recruitment. He knows the Plains well. He wants to know it a bit more, which is why he plans to make his way back to campus “whenever they want me to,” he said.
His appearance for A-Day was his second visit that week. Mwikuta — pronounced mickoota — attended a Tigers practice earlier in the week and was asking plenty of questions to staff and personnel as he focused in primarily on the defensive line group.
Mwikuta is the No. 5 outside linebacker in the 247Sports composite rankings, but Tigers coaches wants him in the Buck defensive line position.
From what he saw in 2 days on campus in the past week, Mwikuta thinks something special is brewing.
“Like I say all the time, Auburn on top. They’re going to have a good season,” Mwikuta said. “They’re going to be on top. They look good.”
He had a huge smile on his face as he spewed compliments after the spring game, but he also put it all into context.
Mwikuta publicly named Alabama as his leader a few weeks ago, and that hasn’t changed. Georgia’s in-state pull has the Bulldogs hotly contesting for his favorite. Auburn leapfrogged Florida State after the 2-visit week to the Plains.
“Auburn, they’re in my top 3 right now. They moved up ahead of Florida State,” he said. “With Alabama and Georgia, I’ve been up there so many times that I’ve basically fell in love. I’m just waiting for Auburn to show me a little bit more and get some more dogs in this year’s recruiting class.”
How competitive is the race to be Mwikuta’s favorite?
“It’s close. They (Auburn) seem to amaze me every time I come here. Something new always amazes me,” Mwikuta said.
There is plenty of time of the Tigers to make a move up Mwikuta’s leaderboard.
As a 2019 prospect, he isn’t in a major hurry, but he’s also has the talent to be a cornerstone for teams to build their recruiting classes. Mwikuta expects to make h is decision by this time next year, which will give him ample opportunity to recruit players to the program he chooses.
If that program ends up being Auburn, it will be for his close relationship with multiple coaching staff members.
“I like coaches, Coach Malzahn. The culture around here is good. Everybody loves you. You feel like you’re at home,” Mwikuta said. “T-Will. Coach Garner. Coach Malzahn. … They’re cool. They’re laid back. They’re father figures. They look like they could take on a big role in my life. I would just have a real father around my life. I could see them as real role models around my life.”
THE Auburn legacy finally picks up offer
There are Auburn legacies, and then there’s Shedrick Jackson.
Does that last name ring a bell?
Shedrick is the nephew of Auburn legend Bo Jackson. He’s a top-tier recruit in his own right. So far, Jackson is only ranked as a 3-star prospect, but he’s someone I expect to have a flood of offers come in over the next few weeks.
Auburn beat the traffic Thursday, extending an offer to the wide receiver prospect who has long awaited that Tigers’ offer.
— Shedrick Jackson (@shedrickj85) April 13, 2017
Jackson was last on Auburn’s campus for junior day, and he hinted that he thought an offer from the Tigers was imminent.
“They want to see me in person more. They want to see me in action. They’ve seen it before, but they want to watch me go through spring and develop,” Jackson said last month. “I’ll definitely see them in the spring. Coach (Kodi) Burns will be down, probably coach (Chip) Lindsey and coach (Tim) Horton, so they’ll get to see what I can do then.”
Auburn apparently liked what it saw from the 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver.
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