Auburn recruiting question of the day: How many more signees will Tigers take in 2018?
Much like Justin Ferguson does on the Auburn team side, recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day every day of the week. You can ask him questions on Twitter or Facebook. Look for our Question of the Day. Go here to to see our previous answers.
@benjaminwolk how many more are AU planning on taking?
— Van Layton ⛳️ (@van_layton) January 8, 2018
Here are the important numbers from the early signing period — and slightly after:
- Signed (15): Joey Gatewood, Asa Martin, Shaun Shivers, Kam Stutts, Jalil Irvin, Seth Williams, Shedrick Jackson, Josh Marsh, Zakoby McClain, Michael Harris, Quindarious Monday, Christian Tutt, Jamien Sherwood, Daquan Newkirk and Kayode Oladele.
- Committed (6): Matthew Hill, Coynis Miller, Richard Jibunor, Anthony Schwartz, Arryn Siposs and Kolbi Fuqua.
Auburn plans to take 25, so those numbers suggest the Tigers have room for four more.
But that operates under the assumption that all six of the committed (but unsigned) players would sign with Auburn. Jibunor, Schwartz and Siposs — for now, at least — fall into the “confirmed yes” category. Hill and Miller are in wait-and-see mode as they take a few visits elsewhere in January, but for now, I fully expect them to ink with the Tigers on National Signing Day.
Fuqua is the question mark. He didn’t sign during the early signing period despite his initial wish to do so, which indicates Auburn requested he be patient. It’s possible he classifies as a grayshirt candidate if Fuqua is willing to wait. Those are conversations that will be had in January and will be dependent on what other prospects commit to the Tigers.
For now, let’s say Auburn plans to take five more prospects in the Class of 2018. That number could be reduced to four if Fuqua sticks in the class with a 2018 scholarship spot.
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