Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday, and SEC Country looks ahead to next week, as well as a Thursday night recruiting trail visit for a position coach.
Two Auburn visitors confirmed for Mississippi State
It’s a little early for this, but I’ll get out in front. Two Auburn prospects reached out to me about visiting the Plains next week for the Mississippi State game to kick off the Tigers’ conference slate.
Three-star tight end Tyneil Hopper will be back. He’s been on campus several times since January, but to my knowledge, Miller hasn’t visited since he camped with the Tigers this summer. In the past, Hopper was the first tight end Larry Porter invited and hosted on campus when he took over as Auburn’s tight ends coach.
Hopper’s decision timeline is undecided. He’s somewhere in the middle ground of wanting to wrap this up sooner rather than later while also not being in a rush to make a decision. Hopper has said to me on numerous occasions he understands some teams only intend to take one tight end, and it’s typically a first-to-join kind of deal. That hasn’t forced his hand.
Hopper told me last month that, if a school he wants to choose takes a tight end commitment other than his, that just tells him it wasn’t meant to be. For now, however, his options seem to be narrowed in on Auburn, Louisville and North Carolina, where he originally established a relationship with Porter who helped recruit Hopper’s older brother to the Tar Heels.
As loyal readers know, I’ve had trouble tabbing the tight end position for Auburn in the 2018 class, but Hopper has been the one constant from start to finish, so maybe there’s something to that.
The other name who will attend the Auburn-Mississippi State game is 2019 offensive lineman Louis Paul Smith who was personally invited back by offensive line coach Herb Hand. He attended the Auburn-Mercer game, as well. Smith hasn’t received an offer yet, but he’s received daily mail from the Tigers staff.
Keep an eye out for an offer there because Auburn will shoot way up for the nation’s No. 3 center if it happens.
Rodney Garner checks out high school game
Auburn coaches won’t hit the road Friday night as they head to Columbia, Mo., but one went to a Thursday night game.
Defensive line coach Rodney Garner was back in the Birmingham area for the second week in a row. This time, he went to see someone within his own position group. Garner checked out Jackson-Olin High School, the former home of Auburn defensive end TD Moultry, as well as big-time 2018 target Coynis Miller who plays defensive tackle.
At 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, Miller plays on the on the offensive side of the ball, as well. He carried the ball 3 times for only 5 yards, but he scored a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter to add to his season total. Miller finished last season with 12 touchdowns.
Nobody on Auburn’s staff will be on the recruiting trail Friday night.
So far this season, Tigers’ coaches have checked out the following players, to my knowledge: Miller, Shedrick Jackson, George Pickens, Trey Hill, Michael Harris, Dylan Wonnum, JJ Peterson, Harold Joiner and Channing Tindall.
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