Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday, and SEC Country is taking a look at three prospects who recently de-committed from another SEC program. Auburn will evaluate them closely.
Three recent Mizzou de-commits for Auburn to watch
Missouri struck gold this summer with a trio of commitments from Montgomery, Ala.
Lanier High quarterback James Foster spearheaded that Tigers class in April when the 4-star prospect chose Missouri, one of the only schools recruiting him exclusively at quarterback. His commitment led to increased interest from multiple other recruits in the Montgomery area, namely Lanier High linebacker La’Dedric Jackson and Park Crossing athlete Cam Taylor, both of whom committed to Missouri in July.
Now I know what you’re thinking. This is an Auburn recruiting notebook. Why in the world are we talking about Missouri recruiting?
Well, all three names — Foster, Jackson and Taylor — are need-to-know prospects for Auburn going forward. Jackson de-committed from Missouri earlier in October. Taylor and Foster have followed suit in back-to-back days, which has been a crippling reality for the Missouri recruiting class, but welcome news for many other programs across the Southeast, especially Auburn.
When each of those three prospects committed, Auburn was showing interest, but the Tigers weren’t making serious pushes for any of them. Foster had received an Auburn offer, but it was more as a general athlete than a quarterback. Taylor and Jackson didn’t yet have offers and still don’t. Missouri prioritized them, which led to those decisions at the time.
But all three have had standout senior seasons.
Foster has been one of the most impressive overall players in the state of Alabama, especially at quarterback. LSU offered him earlier this week, which helped inspire the de-commitment. Auburn will continue to evaluate Foster as the Tigers search for their second quarterback in the class.
Foster spoke with SEC Country’s LSU reporter Sam Spiegelman prior to the de-commitment, which hinted at what was to come. LSU appears to be the front-runner immediately after the de-commitment, but Foster also referred to his feeling about Auburn as “very interested.” Communication has picked up in recent weeks, so much of it will depend on how those conversations and evaluations go.
Keep in mind that Auburn was a school Foster has visited regularly dating to 2015, when his recruitment first kicked off. The Tigers will be in this one until the end.
As for Taylor and Jackson, the thing to watch for here is the offers. Taylor and Jackson have articulated in the past their trust and belief that an Auburn offer would eventually come. In both cases, it might depend on how the rest of the class shakes out. Jackson is likely a backup option — albeit a very good one — to the hopes of flipping Quay Walker from Alabama. In Taylor’s case, it’s a matter of position fit.
Auburn coaches on the recruiting trail
Auburn coaches will hit the road in full force. So far, SEC Country has been able to confirm four coaches who plan to be out on the trail for Friday night games.
- Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey: The head coach and the offensive coordinator plan to be in Gainesville, Fla., to watch their prized quarterback commit Joey Gatewood. It’ll be the first opportunity for both coaches to view Gatewood in a live game atmosphere. What they see will likely be a determining factor in how they approach quarterback in the rest of the class.
- Kodi Burns: The wide receivers coach expects to go see Anthony Schwartz play Friday. Schwartz was at Auburn for the most recent home game against Ole Miss. It’s down to Auburn and Florida (or Houston for track purposes).
- Travis Williams: The linebackers coach will watch Alabama commit Quay Walker.
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