Recruiting question of the day: What position does Auburn need most in Class of 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 your questions on Twitter or Facebook. Look for our Auburn Question of the Day. Go here to to see our previous answers.
What’s the most needed position?
— H² (@harrison_helton) December 11, 2017
To me, there are two parts to answering this question.
There’s the before, and there’s the after.
Let’s start with the before.
At the start of the recruiting cycle, there was a clear-cut answer to that question. Auburn had two senior starting safeties in Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts, whose departures would leave a major gap at the position in 2018.
Auburn saw that early and emphasized the safety position in recruiting. The Tigers landed a commitment from Kolbi Fuqua at the spring game. It was just the beginning.
Later in the summer, Auburn made one of its biggest recruiting splashes of the cycle when Quindarious Monday — someone who could crack the rotation in 2018 — surprised with his commitment to Auburn over Clemson. Jamien Sherwood, who has seen a major rankings rise this fall, followed suit. The same goes for in-state defensive athlete Josh Marsh, who is likely to be in the defensive backfield.
By the end of the summer, safety was no longer a concern in the Class of 2018.
That brings us to the after.
There are two key positions Auburn has to hit in the last two months of the recruiting cycle: cornerback and offensive line.
At cornerback, the Tigers have an immediate need with the potential NFL departure of Carlton Davis. The only cornerback in the class so far is 4-star recruit Christian Tutt, so the Tigers have more pieces to add. Auburn has a few in-state options — CD Daniels, Cam Taylor and Roger McCreary (offered Tuesday). Plus, it’s a great opportunity to go the junior college route.
Along the offensive line, there are some concerns with depth in the class going forward. Only two prospects are committed. Kam Stutts and Jalil Irvin are both interior linemen, so it would make sense for the Tigers to add two tackles and potentially another guard after missing on Trey Hill on Monday.
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