Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday, and SEC Country releases all of the prospects expected to attend the Auburn-Mercer game. Also, other top Auburn targets visit other colleges.
Despite the lower-tier opponent, coming off a tough top-25 loss, Auburn is finding a way to make a statement in recruiting.
The Tigers hosted a hoard of top talent for the Georgia Southern game in Week 1. They’ll bring in another solid contingent for the Week 3 matchup against Mercer.
Auburn’s primary focus for this game was commits, as well as primary Class of 2019 targets. But there are a few intriguing 2018 targets and 2020 targets sprinkled in, as well.
List of expected visitors at Auburn
- 3-star safety Kolbi Fuqua, Cordova, Ala.
- 4-star running back Asa Martin, Decatur, Ala.
- 3-star offensive lineman Kameron Stutts, Killen, Ala.
- 4-star linebacker Michael Harris, Tucker, Ga.
- 3-star receiver Shedrick Jackson, Hoover, Ala.
- 4-star receiver Matthew Hill, Snellville, Ga.
- 3-star defensive lineman Daquan Newkirk, Orlando, Fla.
Mercer presents another opportunity to show the guys already committed that Clemson was an outlier. Auburn will have a running back, an offensive lineman and two wide receivers on campus for the game, so it’ll be imperative for the Tigers to open things up offensively.
Of this group, there isn’t anyone on flip watch, so to speak. Auburn fans will be mindful of Martin until he signs with the Tigers over the Crimson Tide. But this will be his second trip to the Plains in as many home games, which is a positive sign. (Update: Quick will now be in Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide game against Colorado State. It’s unlikely he makes it to Auburn, but I’ll keep you updated).
Targets committed elsewhere
- 3-star cornerback Terell Smith, Snellville, Ga. (Minnesota commit)
- 4-star 2019 offensive tackle Pierce Quick, Trussville, Ala. (Alabama commit)
The only 2018 target who will be there is an interesting one. Smith is a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback who is committed to Minnesota.
He’s from Snellville, Ga., and goes to South Gwinnett High School, which is a rival school for Matthew Hill. I’m sure the two of them have had their share of matchups, so I’ll be curious to get Hill’s take on Smith. Smith received offers from Florida and Michigan State this fall, and considering this is a position of desperate need, I wouldn’t be shocked to see an offer from the Tigers on Saturday.
Quick is committed to Alabama, and I think the apocalypse is as likely of an event as Quick ending up anywhere other than Tuscaloosa.
He’s one of the best offensive linemen in the country for the 2019 class. Despite the expectation he’ll be at Auburn, when I spoke with Quick on Thursday afternoon, he said it wasn’t 100 percent that he’d be there. I’ll keep you posted. Either way, this is a pipe dream for Auburn. Quick grew up a huge Crimson Tide fan and pledged to Alabama in an SEC Country commitment letter.
When he committed, Quick told me he had a conversation with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn who said he was still going to actively recruit the Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) until he signed. This is another example that Auburn’s efforts haven’t stopped.
Priority uncommitted 2019 targets for Auburn
- 4-star offensive guard Keiondre Jones, Hogansville, Ga.
- 3-star athlete Malik Washington, Lilburn, Ga.
- 4-star offensive lineman Clay Webb, Oxford, Ala.
- 4-star wide receiver Shamar Nash, Memphis, Tenn.
- 3-star safety Jeremiah Gray, Charlotte, N.C.
- 3-star running back Travis Tisdale, Valdosta, Ga.
- 3-star center Louis Paul Smith, Biloxi, Miss.
- Unranked cornerback Rhasaan Christian, Pinson, Ala.
- 3-star offensive tackle Chris Akporoghene, Seymour, Tenn.
Jones (who just announced he’s not doing interviews, so there won’t be many takeaways), Webb, Smith and Akproroghene make up an impressive 2019 offensive line group of visitors.
Webb is close friends with Quick, and I’m sure they’ll be attached at the hip during the visit, which may or may not be helpful for the Tigers. Jones is a top want for every program in the southeast, so the fact Auburn can get him over for a low-profile game is telling. Smith might be on offer watch. Auburn has stayed in regular contact with him and has sent him a ton of mail.
Nash will end up being one of Auburn’s top wide receiver targets in the 2019 class. The Tigers offered him early and the feelings have been mutual since. It’s nice to get a playmaker of his caliber on campus, especially since you have to assume the receivers will look more crisp against Mercer.
Uncommitted 2020 target for Auburn
- Unranked linebacker Quandarrius Robinson, Birmingham, Ala.
Robinson attended the Georgia Southern game, as well. He attends the same high school as Auburn linebacker TD Moultry and Tigers defensive tackle target Coynis Miller. At 6-foot-4, he is starting to look like someone with a grown man’s body, yet he’s only in his sophomore season at Jackson-Olin High.
Auburn going 2-for-2 with Robinson in attendance for home games shows the Tigers are narrowing in on another future prospect from the same school. Could Jackson-Olin become a pipeline?
Top Auburn prospects visiting other schools
- 4-star defensive line Richard Jibunor, Athens, Ga. (Florida)
- 4-star offensive guard Trey Hill, Warner Robins, Ga. (Florida)
- 3-star safety Jamien Sherwood, Jensen Beach, Fla. (Florida)
- Unranked cornerback Saivion Smith, Mississippi Gulf Coast (Alabama)
- 4-star 2019 offensive lineman Pierce Quick, Trussville, Ala. (Alabama)
- 3-star defensive lineman Allen Love, Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama)
- 4-star defensive lineman Coynis Miller, Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama)
- 4-star athlete Harold Joiner, Mountain Brook, Ala. (Alabama)
- 4-star receiver Justyn Ross, Phenix City, Ala. (Alabama)
- 4-star linebacker Quay Walker, Cordele, Ga. (Alabama)
- 3-star offensive lineman Jerome Carvin, Cordova, Tenn. (Alabama)
This list will grow throughout the day.