Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. Today, we outline a safety who placed Auburn near the top after his first visit and a defensive tackle who isn’t a sure bet.
Florida safety names Auburn among leaders
AUBURN, Ala. — When asked where Auburn falls on his college choice spectrum, Jamien Sherwood said the Tigers broke the gauge.
Sherwood, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety from Jensen Beach, Fla., received his Auburn offer at the beginning of last week. That caused him to change his visit plans from Tennessee to Auburn. He left the Florida spring game at halftime to make the four-hour trek for his first visit to the Plains.
What was his interest after the initial visit? High? Low? Medium?
“Beyond high,” Sherwood said.
Sherwood’s recruitment picked up momentum in recent months. He received offers from 19 schools, a list he hopes to trim to 8 or 10 by the time his Jensen Beach High spring schedule finishes on May 19. Auburn will “of course” be in that top group, he said.
Other programs to watch are in-state schools Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Aside from Auburn, those are the only three visits Sherwood has taken as a recruit. He will likely visit Oregon, Nebraska, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina and Duke when he gets the chance. Sherwood also expects regular communicators LSU, Georgia Tech and Louisville to show heavier interest.
The Auburn visit secured the Tigers’ standing among Sherwood’s favorites.
“It’s a great place. I’ve only been to three places, but it’s a great place to be. I could see myself playing here,” Sherwood said. “They’ve got nice facilities and everything. Just like a couple of the other colleges, they have genuine people and they’re great to talk to and be around for such a long time of the day. I could be around them for four years.”
Sherwood, a 3-star safety, is the No. 27 prospect at his position in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
He spent most of his Auburn visit alongside secondary coach Greg Brown. Sherwood also got 1-on-1 time with coach Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. After watching the spring game and talking with coaches, Sherwood sees opportunity at safety for the Tigers.
“They’re saying how they have three seniors this year. After that, they don’t have many. They have a couple from 2017, but me coming here and the type of player I am, I see plenty of playing time,” Sherwood said.
He hopes to have a decision out of the way by August or September.
Sherwood will be back at Auburn in the near future. The staff talked about Big Cat Weekend on June 3, but he hopes to be able to make it back before that.
Top DT target outlines top schools
Coynis Miller knows Auburn as well as any recruit.
Former teammate and close friend Tadarian Moultry signed with the Tigers in February. Miller has been to Auburn a handful of times in 2017. I’ve written about Miller in notebooks multiple times in the past month, and here’s another example.
But he’s no lock to Auburn. In fact, Miller is not even a lock for Auburn or Alabama despite his many visits and high priority at both schools. Miller rarely tips his hand in any direction. He hadn’t listed top schools or even set a decision time.
For the first time, to my knowledge, Miller named the programs that are in contention for his services.
“My top would probably be Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss,” Miller said. “I’m planning on visiting Florida in the summer.”
There aren’t any surprises there.
Those are the schools he visited, and they are relatively convenient to Birmingham, Ala., where he plays for Jackson-Olin. The general perception with Miller is he’ll end up at either of the Yellowhammer State SEC schools. Jackson-Olin coach Tim Vakakes told SEC Country in the fall that he isn’t 100 percent convinced that will happen.
“A lot of the schools that didn’t really recruit [Moultry] because they didn’t think they had a chance, they’re offering him. They knew [Moultry] was going to stay in state,” Vakakes said. “He wanted to go visit things, but it was going to be somewhere close.
“I could see Coynis going somewhere else.”
Auburn’s top receiver target takes Clemson visit
As it turns out, Justyn Ross isn’t always in Auburn.
It might seem that way, looking at the past two months of Ross recruiting visits. Ross was at Auburn three times in the past four weeks and six times since in 2017. He is a regular, and he’s Auburn’s most coveted recruiting target.
After all, he’s the No. 1 player in the state and the No. 4 receiver in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Given those numbers, Auburn isn’t alone in its desire to land Ross. Alabama is in there. So is Florida State, Georgia and, well, really any football program that passes the ball.
Count Clemson in that mix. And, judging by Ross’ reaction, the ACC Tigers passed the first test with flying colors.
He went to Clemson on Tuesday and called it “one of the best” visits he has taken. The defending national champions already have the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the nation committed.
— Justyn Ross . ?? (@_Jross5) April 11, 2017
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