Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Sunday, and SEC Country has an update on a Miami commit interested in Auburn. Also, here are official visit updates on Keiondre Jones and Jalen Curry.
Auburn giving Miami pledge ‘something to think about’
Kingsley Eguakun visited Auburn in early March. At the time, the visit appeared to be nothing more than a trip to check things out. He’d taken a few of those to other schools since committing to Miami. The visit to the Plains seemed to be another.
But according to the Jacksonville, Fla., prospect, he had a feeling after that initial Auburn trip that he’d be back.
“Oh yeah, I knew,” Eguakun said. “Auburn, it’s just somewhere I could see myself playing and going to the university.”
Eguakun returned last week for Big Cat Weekend with his mother and brother. The family stayed overnight, well into Sunday, which allowed them to spend additional personal time with offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and other members of the Auburn staff.
One fact became clear: His second visit wouldn’t be his last.
Eguakun told Auburn coaches after he left that he wanted to take an official visit in the fall.
“I’ll take an official during the season,” Eguakun said. “I had a good time with all the coaches. The coaches, they’re great guys. They’re great like the guys in Miami. The campus is another great aspect of the university. And then there’s a great football tradition at Auburn.”
Eguakun made that Miami commitment on Jan. 12. The 3-star prospect made both Auburn visits after that pledge. A few other schools have offered Eguakun and shown interest, but as of now, the Tigers are the only true threat to his Hurricanes commitment.
Eguakun’s expected official visit in the fall will loom large.
“They’re definitely giving me something to think about, but I don’t really know how close it is. Miami is still Miami for me, and Auburn’s still Auburn,” he said.
Keiondre Jones wraps up official visit to Auburn
Keiondre Jones has visited Auburn countless times the last few years.
Over the weekend, Jones made his one permissible official visit to the Plains.
The 4-star guard from Hogansville, Ga., arrived on Friday with his mother and brother. Jones is familiar with what the Tigers have to offer. He’s been to games, practices and other recruiting events, including Big Cat Weekend last week.
The official visit gave him some more in-depth solo time with Auburn coaches.
Jones isn’t taking interview requests as he wraps up his end-of-summer official visits.
One source, however, said Auburn feels like it’s in the driver’s seat as the dead period approaches. Jones will take an official visit to Florida next weekend, but Auburn sees Clemson as the bigger threat if Jones were to choose a school other than Auburn.
Playing in Auburn’s favor is Clemson’s official visit strategy. Clemson doesn’t host spring/summer official visits. Jones planned to make a decision before the start of his senior season. He won’t be able to officially visit Clemson before the season, so if those Tigers remain in it, Jones likely will push his decision-making process into the season.
My Crystal Ball pick remains on Auburn, and it’s not likely to change.
Elite WR on verge of early-week official visit to Auburn
Jalen Curry’s recruitment kicked off with an Auburn camp offer two years ago.
Everything will come full circle on Monday.
The 4-star wide receiver from Houston — who holds close to 40 offers — will make an official visit from Monday to Wednesday. It’ll be his first known trip to the Plains since that camp visit two summers ago, but that hasn’t stopped the Tigers from making an impression on Curry.
He has said for a while he wanted to make it to Auburn for an official visit. Curry’s relationship with Auburn wide receivers coach Kodi Burns has grown stronger over the years despite the lack of on-campus visits. This week will be an opportunity to take his Auburn interest to the next level.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver appears to be looking out of state, and in the SEC, more than anything else right now. Tennessee is the perceived favorite to land him, but Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU are also showing serious interest.
While Auburn originally planned for a two-receiver class, the Tigers added Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) receiver Ja’Varrius Johnson over the weekend after a camp, joining longtime pledge George Pickens. Johnson’s addition doesn’t alter Auburn’s recruitment of other elite, big-bodied wide receivers.
Curry and Georgia commit Jadon Haselwood are at or near the top of that list.
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