AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is catching some late-summer momentum, and the Tigers are optimistic there’s more to come.
They landed a surprise commitment Friday night from Decatur (Ala.) defensive prospect Josh Marsh. That added onto the recent commitments from Hoover (Ala.) wide receiver Shedrick Jackson and Carver (Ga.) safety Quindarious Monday, not to mention the 2019 pickup from Hoover (Ala.) receiver George Pickens.
But Saturday is expected to be the big day of the weekend.
The Tigers are expected to host more than two dozen prospects for the summer cookout event. More commitments could be on the horizon.
Check back here throughout the day for a running list of arrivals, as well as live updates (below) throughout the day. Asterisks designate players already committed to Auburn.
- 3-star RB Shaun Shivers*
- 4-star WR Seth Williams
- 3-star OL Kameron Stutts*
- 4-star RB Asa Martin
- 3-star DL Daquan Newkirk*
- 4-star DB Quindarious Monday*
- Unranked OL Brady Ward (2020 prospect)
- 4-star DL Caleb Tannor
- 3-star WR Shedrick Jackson*
- 3-star DB Jamien Sherwood
- 4-star 2019 DE King Mwikuta
- 4-star LB Michael Harris
- 4-star RB Dameon Pierce
- Unranked 2020 WR Kobe Hudson
- 3-star DB Derek Turner
- 4-star LB Quay Walker (Alabama commit)
- 3-star CB Miguel Edwards (Oklahoma commit)
- 3-star TE Daniel Barker (Illinois commit)
- 3-star WR Cornelius McCoy (Purdue commit)
- 3-star ILB Rosendo Louis
- 4-star 2019 OLB Ge’mon Eaford
- Unranked 2020 WR Deajaun McDougle
- Unranked 2020 DE Andy Boykin
- 3-star DE Andres Fox
Follow for live updates
- (10:02 a.m.) | There are a few people I’m putting on commit watch before the day starts: 4-star LB Michael Harris, 3-star safety Jamien Sherwood and 4-star wide receiver Matthew Hill. Zakoby McClain would’ve been on this list, but it’s unlikely he’ll be able to make it Saturday. His family just moved homes in Valdosta, so he’s still dealing with those logistics. Expect him to be at Auburn within a couple weeks. There could be others placed on commit watch throughout the day, but we’ll start there.
- (10:18 a.m.) | A prospect to watch for the future is 2020 offensive lineman Brady Ward from St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile. He was greeted by a large contingent of Auburn coaches as they wait on others to arrive. He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 294 pounds (will try to see how up to date that is). Looks really good, though.
- (10:48 a.m.) | Everyone is really starting to file in now. Auburn’s assistant coaching staff is all here with Kevin Steele, Chip Lindsey, Larry Porter, Tim Horton, Travis Williams, Kodi Burns and Greg Brown greeting everyone immediately.
- (10:53 a.m.) | Seth Williams showed up Friday and spent the night, but he’s now getting the greet-at-the-door treatment from Lindsey, Burns & Co.
- (10:55 a.m.) | Pretty funny moment between Kevin Steele and top target Caleb Tannor who came in rocking a Patriots hat. Steele made sure to let him know immediately Bill Belichick is one of his mentors. Tannor said to Steele: “Tell him I’m ready.”
- (11:07 a.m.) | Just got word Matthew Hill won’t make it today, which could look like a negative thing for Auburn. I still think the Tigers are in good shape here. He’s visited Auburn enough that missing this visit shouldn’t have too much of an effect. Still, South Carolina and Alabama are definitely ones to watch.
- (11:19 a.m.) | Alabama commit Quay Walker just showed up to the complex wearing full Auburn gear head-to-toe. He got in last night to spend some time with his high school teammate Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant and others. Walker has always loved Auburn, so he’s a perfect example of someone — with a good season for the Tigers — that I think could make it interesting.
- (11:27 a.m.) | I just put in a Crystal Ball pick for Derek Turner to Auburn. He’s listed as a safety, but Auburn sees him more as a corner or star type. Really, really fast. That Crystal Ball projection might be a down-the-line kind of thing, but the fact he camped Friday and stayed overnight for the cookout is telling.
- (11:33 a.m.) | A slew of prospects from Deerfield Beach, Fla., just rolled in. There are seven or eight of them, and they were here Friday for the skills camp. I don’t have names, position and star ranking for all of them yet, but I’ll add the relevant ones to the list when get more information.
- (11:45 a.m.) | Just added in the names of a few of the relevant Deerfield Beach prospects. The names on the list above from Edwards to McDougle. What I know on them. Edwards is firmly committed to Oklahoma, so nothing to look into there. Barker performed well at camp Friday. If Auburn offers, look for a flip from Illinois. There isn’t much to look at with McCoy and Louis yet. Eaford is a 2019 prospect who really likes Auburn. McDougle was offered on Friday after camp.
- (11:52 a.m.) | Michael Harris has finally arrived. He was greeted immediately by Travis Williams in the parking lot. Auburn hopes to have good news from Harris soon.
- (12:40 p.m.) | With lunch and cookout activities taking place, there might not be too much intel over the next couple hours, but make sure to check back in (I’ll tweet something when I post again @benjaminwolk) when there are details to provide.
- (12:51 p.m.) | Andres Fox just strolled in with family after taking an overnight visit to Alabama. This one will be interesting to see.
- (1:37 p.m.) | Auburn’s former director of player personnel Patrick Suddes — now assistant athletic director for football — just sent out an interesting tweet. He has a track record of sending cryptic tweets when a commitment comes, so I think there’s probably some good news there. Larry Porter sent out one too.
- (1:46 p.m.) | Derek Turner just left, but no commitment. He expects to announce his decision in the next month or so. It’ll come down to Auburn, Ole Miss or South Carolina. He named Auburn his leader, and reminder, I put in a Crystal Ball for him to Auburn earlier in the day.
- (2:10 p.m.) | Troup County underclassmen King Mwikuta (2019 DE) and Kobe Hudson (2020 WR) left. Mwikuta said Alabama remains his leader, and I think the Crimson Tide will be tough to top. But Mwikuta admitted the 2017 season could boost Auburn big-time. Hudson has an offer and his recruitment is wide open.
- (2:15 p.m.) | Quay Walker didn’t want to speak after his visit, but he did let us take photos — in full Auburn gear. He confirmed he’ll be back for Auburn games this fall. I really wouldn’t rule Auburn out of this one, especially with a strong 2017 season.
- (2:27 p.m.) | Michael Harris and Caleb Tannor are going to stay overnight, so we’ll likely get a chance to talk with them Sunday afternoon. With Harris, I think he’s all Auburn. As for Tannor, he’s certainly been enjoying himself around the complex today and has been having some fun with Larry Porter.
- (2:36 p.m.) | Auburn defensive line commit Daquan Newkirk is getting recruited some by Georgia and may visit, but he’s firmly committed. He plans to make it to as many Auburn home games as possible this fall, including an official visit for the Iron Bowl. Rodney Garner is working to get him down to 280 pounds.
- (2:58 p.m.) | Caleb Tannor will stay overnight and make his college announcement Monday. Georgia has been the popular pick lately, but the fact he wanted one last visit to Auburn — and the Tigers absolutely want him — has to be a great sign.
- (3:25 p.m.) | Dameon Pierce was all smiles when he left. Pierce and his mother both really enjoyed the day. He is really bouncing back and forth between Georgia, Florida and Auburn. He won’t make his decision until after the season, however, and he understands that one or more of those schools may fill up running back spots, but he doesn’t seem to be in a rush. I’ve had Pierce in my last two class projections, and my confidence is even higher after this most recent visit.
- (3:28 p.m.) | Quindarious Monday brought about 10 friends and family members on this trip, his first since committing. His stance on Auburn hasn’t changed, aside from the fact he’s transitioned into a recruiter’s role. Monday mentioned Justin Fields and Kearis Jackson as guys he’s trying to convince to join the class. He tried with Marquez Ezzard, as well, but the wide receiver chose Florida State on Friday.
- (3:43 p.m.) | Seth Williams and his parents just left. He’s pretty satisfied with everything he’s hearing from Auburn. He said they “keep it real” more than any other schools. Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss are recruiting him the hardest, he said, but there’s no timeline in place.