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@EllitorAU: Has a clear cornerback option been identified after Christian Tutt?
The Tigers finally landed a cornerback in the 2018 class Tuesday when Christian Tutt chose Auburn over Ohio State.
It’s been quite a mystery this year trying to figure out who Auburn wants at cornerback, or who the Tigers feel like they have a realistic shot with at cornerback. Tutt’s official visit to commitment came in short order. But one thing is quite clear: Cornerbacks are intrigued by depth-chart availability at Auburn.
There are two names to keep and eye on right now, but I think that number could grow significantly now that Auburn has made such a major national statement.
- 4-star JUCO corner Saivion Smith: He’s an Alabama lean and has been throughout the whole year. Smith hasn’t visited Auburn yet, even though he’s been slated to do so. The Tigers will work to get him for the Iron Bowl and hope Greg Brown and Kevin Steele can make a similarly effective sales pitch to what they gave Tutt.
- 3-star Memphis commit CD Daniels: I really like this guy’s film, and apparently, Brown and Steele are a big fan of his playmaking ability, as well. Daniels feels like an offer is imminent, but it’s possible the win over Georgia altered Auburn’s talent pool it’s picking from.
This list is bound to grow in the next two weeks. There are guys such as Derek Turner who I’ve had in my class projections in the past. Does Auburn’s success hurt those chances? It’s possible, if the Tigers feel like they can approach higher-ranked guys at this point.
With cornerback depth taking a hit over the next two seasons, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Auburn take two more cornerbacks beyond Tutt. Smith and Daniels are a great place to start.
@M0t0rmouthMatt: Was Quindarious Monday at the Auburn-Georgia game?
He wasn’t. In fact, he was in Clemson for the Florida State game.
It’s possible that raises some concerns, but my sources are telling me Auburn feels confident holding onto Monday. One of his assistant high school coaches was in attendance for the Auburn-Georgia game with an underclassman target, and he confirmed he likes Auburn’s chances as long as the coaching staff stays in place.
That comment was made before the game. After the game, I’m not sure hot-seat talk was in the Auburn lexicon.
Expect to see Monday back for the Iron Bowl, and that should be enough to seal the deal. With that said, be mindful of Clemson’s push.
@ToddPhillips16: What are Auburn’s chances of getting Jarren Williams or Emory Jones?
Right now, Auburn is probably the No. 2 team for both guys, likely even No. 3 for Emory Jones.
In Jarren Williams’ case, he’s fresh off an official visit to Miami. That visit resulted in Williams’ de-commitment from Kentucky. If you pay attention to Crystal Ball predictions, you’ll noticed they’ve been flying in for Williams to Miami. It’s possible Williams is telling something to the Miami staff that is reaching reporters, but it’s also possible there’s a little bit of recency bias there.
Williams will be at Ohio State this weekend for an official visit, which makes for an interesting subplot with Jones still committed there. After that, he’ll officially visit Auburn for the Iron Bowl. To me, it’s impossible to rule out any of the three until all of those official visits take place.
That brings us to Jones.
He visited Auburn for the Georgia game, but he’s been an even more regular visitor at Alabama this year. The Crimson Tide are the real team to watch here, but don’t count out the Tigers until he makes that final decision. Jones has visited Auburn so many times that it’s not out of the question. Still, it feels like Auburn sits behind Alabama and Ohio State for Jones.
In other words, I give Auburn about a 50-50 shot to land one of these two. If that doesn’t happen, maybe the Tigers circle back around on A.J. Curry.
@IHendzel: Just saw that Caleb Tannor de-committed from UGA. Weren’t we recruiting him?
Auburn was recruiting him. Actually, when Tannor made his summer decision, it was down to Auburn and Georgia. He was coming off a weekend-long visit to the Plains, in fact, when he committed to Georgia. So it makes sense this de-commitment piqued the interest of Auburn fans after the Tigers destroyed the Bulldogs.
Pump the brakes, however.
Tannor has some academic issues he needs to work out. If and when he figures those out, Georgia and Auburn will both be back in the discussion, but it’s going to take some time for Tannor to get right in the classroom.
@KumarKelly97: Chances of Auburn landing Justyn Ross?
Those chances are growing, but it’s still a chase from behind.
Clemson is the team to beat. It’s been that way for quite some time. Those Tigers won’t be easy to jump either. Ross loves the campus and the coaching staff. He gives every visit a 5-star review. He has a strong relationship with 5-star quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence.
With that said, Alabama and Auburn will be in this one until the end. It’s likely a National Signing Day decision for Ross, and the more he sees Auburn’s offensive progress, he more the Tigers feel like they can reel this one in.