SEC Country outlined the most recent offensive projection for Auburn’s Class of 2018 on Monday. Check it out here.
With 12 commitments in that group, it allows for 13 prospects on the defensive side. Eight of those guys are already committed — unchanged below — so there are five additions (approximately) to be made at defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.
Auburn’s class has the potential to go a variety of ways depending on how things play out against Alabama and possibly the SEC Championship Game.
Here’s the most likely class projection at this time:
Analysis: Two are already committed with Daquan Newkirk and Coynis Miller, and don’t expect that to change. Rodney Garner would like to add as many bodies as possible on the defensive line, and five might be the magic number in this recruiting class.
So who are the other three the Tigers add? Richard Jibunor has been on decision watch for months, but that’s on major high alert right now. He’s felt like a lock for the whole recruiting cycle. Kayode Oladele will be at the Iron Bowl and likely the week after. His decision is coming in December, and Auburn will probably receive good news there. Andres Fox is the big mystery — since Alabama has confidence here, too — but Auburn feels like they reeled this one in a while ago. That’s an impressive five for a recruiting class pitched as being a down year for defensive linemen.
Confidence level: 80 percent
LB: Michael Harris*, Zakoby McClain
Analysis: This would be a pair of lightning rods at linebacker that would fit in nicely with Travis Williams’ group. Michael Harris has been committed since the summer. You won’t find many, if any, linebackers in the 2018 class who give more on any given down than Harris. He’s sideline to sideline all the time. His energy will fit right in with Auburn.
Zakoby McClain offers a similar skill set from south Georgia. McClain is a down-the-line option after attempts on Quay Walker, Channing Tindall and JJ Peterson, but I don’t expect those efforts to be fruitful. McClain is a great prospect to lean back on, and that’s why he landed back in the SEC Country projection after a couple-month hiatus.
Confidence level: 70 percent
Analysis: The safety group, more or less, is set. Quindarious Monday, Kolbi Fuqua, Josh Marsh and Jamien Sherwood bring a diverse skill set and fill a huge need for the Tigers at safety. I don’t expect anyone to de-commit even though several programs are pushing for Monday and Sherwood.
Christian Tutt provided the first cornerback commitment of the 2018 class for the Tigers. It’s possible the Tigers try to land another elite corner, but for right now, I think they go in a different direction. Cam Taylor is a prospect I’ve written a lot about this cycle who plays quarterback for Park Crossing in Montgomery, Ala. As signing day approaches, I think Auburn will look to add Taylor as a nickel-corner-safety combo to add even further versatility to the defensive back class.
Confidence level: 65 percent
* Players already committed