Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country caught up with a pair of Horn Lake, Miss., prospects in 2019 who took visits to Auburn last weekend.
5-star linebacker ‘impressed’ by Auburn
Despite hosting six official visitors, Auburn coaches made time for the No. 1 Class of 2019 prospect in Mississippi.
Nakobe Dean, a 5-star linebacker from Horn Lake, Miss., will be a hot commodity. Dean already has taken visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU. Prior to the weekend, he’d never spent time at Auburn. That changed with an overnight visit to the Plains over the weekend with family and his high school teammate, Raydarious Jones.
Mark down Visit No. 1 as a success.
“It was great. I loved it here. I’m glad I got a chance to come to a college I hadn’t been to before,” Dean said. “Usually, I’d been going to the same colleges over and over again. I just wanted something new.”
Dean spent most of his time with linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson.
He never felt left out on a weekend loaded with 2018 official visitors. In fact, he had the opposite feeling during his two-day stay on the Plains. Williams and Woodson carved out plenty of time to take to the No. 30 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
“I always say I want a family feel to the university. How they talk about it, they tell me it’s a family vibe. Everybody’s a family around here. You can tell,” Dean said. “They definitely impressed me.”
Dean’s process has a long way to go.
He still wants to take visits to Georgia, Florida, Michigan and potentially others. Dean doesn’t know yet whether he’ll use the spring official visit period or not. Either way, he doesn’t expect to make a college decision until after his senior season.
Auburn has gotten into the picture with recent contact.
“They gave me an offer back in December of last year. I didn’t really hear from them until the last two weeks. They’ve been communicating with me every other day,” Dean said. “I just like the school. I’m not really ranking my schools yet. I just love the feel of Auburn.”
Tall, athletic 2019 cornerback talks Auburn offer
At 6-foot-3, Raydarious Jones is going to catch a lot of eyes from college scouts.
Coaches will go see him play in Horn Lake, Miss., where he’s the starting quarterback. Jones thinks he could still grown an inch or two. At 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5, Jones might wind up as a wide receiver. For now, however, teams are recruiting Jones to be an unusually tall cornerback.
Coming into last weekend, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Southern Miss had offered.
Auburn joined the group during his unofficial visit to the Plains.
“Coach [Kevin] Steele and coach [Marcus] Woodson, they let me know they want me to be a part of Auburn. They offered me and asked what it would take for me to be a Tiger,” Jones said. “The people, the people around this campus. They made you feel welcome.”
Just like Dean, his high school teammate: No leaders, no decision timeline.
Jones is enjoying the process.
He fully expects to make a return visit to the Plains at some point in the spring and summer. Auburn coaches went to their high school on Monday, so the Tigers are making their prioritization of the teammates clear.
Any chance the tandem plays college ball together?
“I don’t know right now, but we talked about it a little,” Jones said with a smile.
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