Auburn’s No. 1 recruiting priority in Class of 2019
Much like Justin Ferguson does on the Auburn team side, recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day. You can ask him questions on Twitter or Facebook. Look for our Question of the Day each weekday. Go here to see our previous answers.
I have a question, sir. What is Auburn’s No. 1 recruiting priority? What issue, if any, are Auburn fans not paying enough attention to right now? @benjaminwolk
— Painter Sharpless (@paintsharpless) March 16, 2018
As is often the case, the top recruiting priorities are dependent on the top misses in the last class.
In the 2018 class, there were two position groups that could fall into the “miss” category. Auburn’s two primary disappointments in 2018 came at tackle and cornerback. The Tigers swung and missed on tackle targets such as Dylan Wonnum and Richard Gouraige. Their top cornerback targets landed at Alabama and Clemson in the form of Jalyn Armour-Davis and Kyler McMichael.
The cornerback situation was salvaged somewhat with the additions of Christian Tutt and Roger McCreary. At tackle, there were no 2018 solutions.
Still, when I look at the 2018 season depth chart, the bigger future concerns I see are at cornerback, not tackle.
Sure, Auburn didn’t land any tackles in the last class, and the Tigers missed on their top graduate-transfer tackle in Calvin Anderson. But when you look at how things are shaping up in spring practice, the immediate future of the tackle position isn’t a major concern.
Prince Tega Wanogho and Calvin Ashley are shaping up nicely at left tackle and right tackle, though the Tigers continue to evaluate other grad-transfer tackle options. Redshirt freshman Austin Troxell has caught the attention of many on the offensive staff, as well.
When you scan the Auburn defensive backfield, however, there are more glaring holes.
Auburn has run a few defensive drills during media practice availability this spring. The first-team corners are Javaris Davis and Jamel Dean, a solid foundation for the 2018 season. But as you look toward the future, the second-team corners were Tutt, a freshman, and Noah Igbinoghene, a receiver who recently switched to corner.
To me, the depth at that position provides more long-term concerns than at tackle or anywhere else on the roster.
Here are the top five corners the Tigers are in the hunt to land:
- 4-star Christian Williams, Daphne, Ala.
- 4-star Kaiir Elam, North Palm Beach, Fla.
- 4-star Devin Bush, New Orleans
- 4-star Brandon Turnage, Oxford, Ala.
- 4-star DJ Turner II, Suwanee, Ga.
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