Auburn recruiting question of the day: Who will make official visits this weekend?
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Who all has OVs this weekend?
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With the College Football Playoff complete, it’s time for every program in the country to turn its full attention to recruiting.
The dead period ends Thursday, which means the remaining unsigned or uncommitted targets will be hit with full force as they’re able to visit college campuses and coaching staffs are able to visit them. Auburn will host its first set of official visitors beginning Friday, and it’s expected to be a busy weekend. I’ll have an updated list on Friday, but we can take an early look at who is expected in town.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see more names added to this list:
- 4-star offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum
- 4-star running back Harold Joiner
- 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller
- 4-star running back Shaun Shivers
- 4-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz
- 3-star offensive lineman Jalil Irvin
- 3-star athlete Cam Taylor
- 3-star cornerback Roger McCreary
There are a couple takeaways from that list that make for entertaining weekend storylines.
Wonnum is the first of three elite offensive tackles — William Barnes and Richard Gouraige are the others — who will take an official visit in January. He might be the least likely of the bunch to choose Auburn. Then again, he’s the only one of the three who has outright called the Tigers his leader during the recruiting process. He’s close friends with Irvin, who also will visit despite signing already.
What’s the deal with Harold Joiner? That’s the question coming into this one. He recruitment has had its fair share of twists and turns, but Auburn has remained a constant. As Auburn assesses whether to take a third running back, Joiner will be the first to be evaluated on an official visit. Kavosiey Smoke will come later in the month.
Auburn has to figure out something at cornerback if it misses on all of its top-rated targets. Taylor and McCreary are two of the more likely in-state possibilities. The staff will get its eyes on both of them early this month. Taylor hasn’t been offered, but McCreary picked up an offer more than a month ago.
And lastly, the Tigers’ primary goal will be to find certainty that Schwartz and Miller are locked in once and for all, even though they won’t be permitted to sign until Feb. 7.
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