Auburn recruiting question of the day: Tigers contending for more top prospects than normal
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Is it just me or does Auburn seem in the running for a lot of huge big time recruits for 2019… then again I know it’s way too early but just seems like we are trending up for some big names
— Jake Sherrod (@sherrod4AU) March 7, 2018
Auburn has signed 17 top-100 prospects in the Gus Malzahn era. In his six seasons, the Tigers have average 2.83 top-100 prospects per signing class. There have been a few classes — the 2014 class and the 2016 class — that have skewed that number.
The last two recruiting cycles, Auburn has hauled in Joey Gatewood, Matthew Hill, Calvin Ashley and TD Moultry for an even average of two per class.
Auburn already has one top-1oo prospect in the 2019 class (quarterback Bo Nix), so to match the last two seasons the Tigers would need to add one more. It’s also possible, and I’m projecting here, that wide receiver commit George Pickens rises to the top 100 once more scouts get in front of him and see how talented he is. Even if that doesn’t happen, Auburn is in a great position to sign at least one more top-1oo prospect — and likely more than one.
Below are the top-1oo prospects who the Tigers are in contention to land. I’ve separated the recruits into two categories. “Serious contenders” are the recruits who have Auburn among their top two or three schools, whether that’s from public announcements or what they’ve said to me privately. “Potential contenders” are the prospects who are considering the Tigers, have visited this spring, or have told SEC Country they plan to visit in the coming weeks and months.
By looking at the list below, it appears you’re correct, Jake. Auburn is on track to snag more top-1oo prospects than it has in recent years. There is a lot of work to be done between now and then, but the foundation is there.
- 5-star LB Owen Pappoe, No. 7 overall
- 5-star OL Clay Webb, No. 11 overall
- 5-star WR Frank Ladson, No. 15 overall
- 5-star LB Nakobe Dean, No. 24 overall
- 4-star RB Noah Cain, No. 31 overall
- 4-star OT Wanya Morris, No. 40 overall
- 4-star ATH Mark-Anthony Richards, No. 41 overall
- 4-star LB De’Gabriel Floyd, No. 42 overall
- 4-star DE Nathan Pickering, No. 51 overall
- 4-star RB John Emery, No. 71 overall
- 4-star QB Bo Nix, No. 74 overall (commit)
- 4-star S Jaylen McCollough, No. 75 overall
- 4-star CB Christian Williams, No. 88 overall
- 4-star OT Xavier Truss, No. 97 overall
- 4-star WR Jashawn Sheffield, No. 100 overall
- 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood, No. 2 overall
- 5-star DE Nolan Smith, No. 5 overall
- 5-star OL Devontae Dobbs, No. 9 overall
- 5-star DE Zacch Pickens, No. 21 overall
- 4-star WR Theo Wease, No. 30 overall
- 4-star OG Deyavie Hammond, No. 39 overall
- 4-star WR Devonta Lee, No. 48 overall
- 4-star ATH Josh Sanguinetti, No. 49 overall
- 4-star OT Harry Miller, No. 63 overall
- 4-star WR Jeremiah Payton, No. 87 overall
- 4-star CB Tyrique Stevenson, No. 89 overall
- 4-star WR Jalen Curry, No. 90 overall
- 4-star DE Jaren Handy, No. 94 overall
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