Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country breaks down the offensive projection snubs. Also, the latest with Tommy Bush.
Most likely additions to Auburn offensive projection
In the Monday class projection, I included five uncommitted names to the list: Seth Williams, A.J. Curry, Trey Hill, Tank Jenkins and Michael Parker.
All five of these prospects have a high chance of landing at Auburn. Yet, there are also outside chances those prospects could end up elsewhere or Auburn could look in a different direction. Williams could go to Alabama, as could Parker. Hill could choose Georgia over Auburn. Jenkins could decide on Louisville. Auburn could find someone it thinks fits better than Curry.
Some of that is up in the air right now, but those additions were made based on the best information presented to me at this time.
With that said, there are few names not included that could end up in the class, but were left off for one reason or another. Below are the five recruits most likely to fit that description. I explain why they’re not in my projection right now and why I could end up being wrong about that.
- 4-star WR Justyn Ross: I’ve got my Crystal Ball pick in for Clemson right now. It will stay there until I get a solid reason to think otherwise. Auburn might very well end up providing that for me. Ross has visited for each of the last two home games, and there’s no question his mother and grandmother feel right at home when they’re on the Plains. Those are the types of things that matter to Ross and will help guide his decision. For now, however, I think Ross himself wants to go to Clemson, and at the end of the process, personal preference usually takes over. Auburn has what it takes to keep Ross close to home, though.
- 4-star WR Anthony Schwartz: A month ago, I wouldn’t have thought there was a shot in the world Schwartz ended up anywhere other than Florida. But the wide receiver spots have filled up (though that could change with flips), and Schwartz remains uncommitted. He visited Auburn for the Ole Miss game, and it sounds like the Tigers knocked that visit out of the park. Schwartz loved his experiences with the football and track programs. I still think he ends up at Florida, but, most likely, some wide receiver class attrition will have to take place before he can do that.
- 4-star TE Tyneil Hopper: Really, the choice between Hopper and Parker could’ve gone either way. Realistically, Auburn could go with both if it so chooses. If the Tigers are to go with one, just based on body size and frame, Parker seems like the more likely of the two from a coach’s standpoint. Then again, Hopper seems much more eager to jump on board, while Parker seems hesitant to decide because of a potential looming offer from Alabama. As long as the Crimson Tide don’t budge, Parker makes more sense. But if that happens, Hopper seems like the go-to guy.
- 4-star OL Dylan Wonnum: Wonnum had been in the projection for the last couple months but was recently removed. He’s backed off his stance that Auburn is his top team. LSU and South Carolina remain up there with Auburn. The thing not working in Auburn’s favor: Wonnum’s older brother, D.J., has been exceptional for the Gamecocks this season, winning back-to-back SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Still, Auburn is in this one and has a need at the position. This will come down to the wire.
- 4-star OL Badara Traore: Working against Auburn here, Traore hasn’t visited Auburn since the summer. Working in Auburn’s favor, that trip was Traore’s only official visit so far. I think the former plays a bigger factor than the latter, which is why I left Traore out of the class. But, the longer he goes without official visits, the more it seems like Auburn is actually the team to beat here. Keep an eye out for LSU. But there’s no question Auburn wants this one.
Tommy Bush still eyeing official visit options
I caught up with 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush on Monday just to see where things are with his official visit schedule, which will likely play a deciding role in Bush’s college choice.
So far, he’s only taken one official visit. That was to Nebraska.
Nothing else is set in stone, though Bush expects to take an official visit to Michigan State in early November. Soon after that, he’ll take another unofficial visit to Texas for the Oklahoma State game, which, to me, is a sign the Longhorns are the team everyone else is chasing right now.
But that leaves three open official visits. Those will be crucial.
What is Bush basing the eventual visits on?
“We’re watching week to week to see which coaching staff is still interested, plus who has an open slot for me,” Bush said.
Auburn still is a team seriously in consideration. The Tigers will compete with Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Southern Cal, Ole Miss and Texas for one of the final three official visit dates.
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