Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we give the latest on record-setting, in-state running back La’Damian Webb who is still waiting on an Auburn offer. Also, check out the best Twitter reactions to the most recent commitment.
Will record-setter receive offer? He sure hopes so
La’Damian Webb has accomplished it all, it seems.
The running back from Beauregard (Ala.) became the first junior in Alabama history to be named Mr. Football. That came after a 3,242-yard, 53-touchdown season in the state’s 5A classification. Those numbers include a state championship game that featured 51 carries, 359 yards, 5 touchdowns — all state records — and, yes, a title game victory.
Webb transitioned smoothly to recruiting success, too.
The 3-star running back snagged offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Toledo, Missouri, Southern Miss and Ole Miss following his championship game effort. He’s taken unofficial visits to Auburn and Alabama for junior days but still hasn’t received an offer.
With Auburn, Webb is willing to be patient.
“They’re telling me that they’re going to wait and see. I’ll wait it out for a while and see how it goes,” Webb said after his Auburn visit. “It would be pretty good. They’d definitely be in my top 5.”
The clear knock on Webb: his height.
He’s listed at 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, but even Webb would be willing to admit that his height and weight are overstated. Recently, Webb posted a photo on Twitter next to Alabama head coach Nick Saban (not the tallest guy in the business). Saban looked noticeably taller than Webb, which probably puts Webb’s measurables — his height, at least — closer to the 5-5 stature of Auburn commit Shaun Shivers.
Shivers’ commitment already raised size questions at the running back position for 2018. It might be hard-pressed to bring two undersized backs in with the same class.
But right now, Auburn is sending Webb a positive message.
“I like their playing style. I think I’d be a great fit with them. They said I’m perfect with the offense they run, especially with the new offensive coordinator, Chip (Lindsey),” Webb said. “I’d give them more options to get the ball in open space.”
Twitter reacts to Jalil Irvin commitment
Auburn picked up its fourth 2018 commitment Wednesday when 4-star offensive guard Jalil Irvin — ranked 18th at the position — committed to the Tigers. Per usual, Auburn Twitter responded positively to the first offensive line commit of the cycle.
Here are the best reactions.
Auburn OL coach Herb Hand:
— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) March 8, 2017
Auburn QB commit Joey Gatewood:
— Joey Gatewood (@Joey1gatewood) March 8, 2017
Auburn RB commit Shaun Shivers:
WE JUST GOT BETTER WAR EAGLE ??
— S.S (@V8Blazing) March 9, 2017
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn:
Boom!!! War Eagle!
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) March 8, 2017
Auburn OLB target Quay Walker:
Congrats bro ?? https://t.co/mLwYdM06Wx
— Mr.D1 (@QuayWalker4) March 8, 2017
Auburn director of player personnel Patrick Suddes:
— Patrick Suddes-AU (@PatrickSuddes) March 8, 2017
4-star WR praises Kodi Burns
Auburn wide receiver coach Kodi Burns will be judged heavily on his recruiting performance in the 2018 class. It’s a deep group, and Auburn is loaded with targets: Justyn Ross, Seth Williams, Matthew Hill and Jacob (not Jason) Copeland, just to name a few.
The latter has a strong bond with quarterback commit Gatewood. He also has a rich relationship with Burns, who Copeland sent a very positive message about earlier in the week.
— Jacob Copeland ?? (@JCope5era) March 8, 2017
Copeland raved about Burns following junior day. Many believe Copeland to be a Florida lean, but Auburn is in the mix because of the constant efforts by Burns, who made multiple trips to Pensacola, Fla., before 2017 signing day to go see the 2018 wide receiver.
“It’s always good talking with coach Burns. He’s a cool dude, man. He speaks it real to me, how everything would be set up if I were to come here,” Copeland told SEC Country.
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