Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and SEC Country is spinning ahead with a look at the potential offensive prospects in Auburn’s 2019 recruiting class.
It’s never too early to look ahead.
Auburn’s 2018 recruiting class is already looking fairly strong on offense. So why not look ahead to the Class of 2019?
The Tigers already have made some serious headway on a few of these top prospects. Check out who Auburn is most likely to add in this way-too-early prediction.
4-star QB Bo Nix, Pinson Valley (Ala.)
There’s no question this is priority No. 1 in the 2019 class.
Bo Nix is poised to be Auburn’s quarterback of the future, assuming the Tigers can hold off the recruiting efforts of Georgia, LSU, Clemson and Florida State. Still, you have to figure the 4-star dual-threat quarterback son of one of Auburn’s most successful quarterbacks ever will end up on the Plains.
Nix and his family have been at each of the last two home games, and that trend likely will continue through the 2017 home slate.
How far away is a decision? Probably at least into the spring. Nix wants to take his time, but he also wants to commit soon enough that whatever program he chooses can build around him.
Auburn hopes he chooses the home team.
3-star OL Carter Colquitt, Buford (Ga.)
Carter Colquitt might be the only offensive prospect in 2019 who has come out and called Auburn his leader.
There’s no question the Tigers are prioritizing Colquitt among 2019 offensive linemen. And the interest appears to be reciprocated. Colquitt already has been to Auburn for two games this fall, and he plans to make it for as many as possible.
“They’re my top school right now,” Colquitt said after the Mississippi State game. “I just like Auburn. I like it a lot. It feels like home. I like the people here. It’s just a good place to be. I like it a lot. It’s so great. I still love it. It still feels like home.”
Colquitt isn’t in a major rush to make a decision, but I don’t think there’s any question the Tigers are the team to beat.
4-star WR Shamar Nash, Memphis Central (Tenn.)
With one stud wide receiver already added in 2019 (George Pickens), Auburn would like to add another.
Shamar Nash received an Auburn offer in May, shortly after some of the Auburn staff attended a camp in Memphis. So far, Nash has offers from Auburn, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee. The Tigers have gotten Nash on campus already this season for a game, and they’ll likely work to get him back again before the season is over.
Nash is an impressive talent. He’s a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver ranked as the No. 267 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 43 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
5-star OL Clay Webb, Oxford (Ala.)
Clay Webb is probably the most high-profile prospects Auburn will end up recruiting heavily in the 2019 cycle. Webb is ranked the No. 16 overall player in the country, the No. 1 guard and the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama.
The Crimson Tide are the team to beat, but don’t count out Auburn here. Georgia also will have a chance thanks to some family connections.
Webb has visited the Tigers twice already this season and has some strong relationships on the Plains. He’s close with Gus Malzahn and offensive line coach Herb Hand. He also has a close high school friendship with freshman Auburn linebacker KJ Britt. Those relationships will help, as will Auburn’s pursuit of Bo Nix.
When all is said and done, I expect Webb to choose Alabama, much like another major 2019 target, Pierce Quick. But Auburn is in a position to prove me wrong.
4-star RB Jerrion Ealy, Jackson Prep (Miss.)
You know Auburn will land a big-time running back, but who will it be?
So far, the Tigers have offered five players at the position in 2019 — Jerrion Ealy, Trey Sanders, Devyn Ford, John Emery Jr. and Daniel Carter. Sanders is already committed to Alabama. Emery seems poised to end up as the next great LSU running back out of Louisiana. Ford and Carter are bigger unknowns.
As for Ealy, he visited for the most recent game vs. Ole Miss. Part of that was because, as a recruit from Mississippi, he wanted to see the Rebels. But it has to help Auburn’s chances that he saw Kerryon Johnson march into the nationwide lead for touchdown runs on the season.
It’s still super early for Ealy — and all the other aforementioned prospects — but Auburn has built a solid recruiting foundation.
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