Consider this weekend a lookahead for Auburn recruiting.
After an eventful recruiting weekend against Georgia, it will be a much tamer day on the Plains versus Louisiana-Monroe. It’s an early game. It’s a lesser opponent. There won’t be the same level of recruiting buzz as a week ago. Much of Auburn’s emphasis will be on the Class of 2019, though there’s an intriguing Class of 2018 visitor (check the list below).
On top of that, two Auburn coaches will hit the road for high school games Friday night. Offensive line coach Herb Hand will be in Oxford, Ala., to see 5-star 2019 target Clay Webb play his second-round playoff game against Muscle Shoals. Webb has visited Auburn frequently this season, and it’s bound to be an Iron Bowl recruiting battle for the top offensive guard.
Wide receiver coach Kodi Burns will be in the Atlanta area Friday night to watch Brookwood High and Matthew Hill take on Milton High in a second-round playoff game. Hill appears fully committed to Auburn, but he has visited Clemson this season. Clemson is recruiting him as a safety, while Auburn wants him as a wide receiver.
Here’s a deeper look at 10 intriguing prospects who will be at the Auburn game against Louisiana-Monroe. As always, more names will likely pop up over the course of game day.
- The three commits — Asa Martin, Josh Marsh and Kolbi Fuqua: Martin, Marsh and Fuqua have been regulars at Auburn games this season. They’ll be expected to hold down the fort for any surprise recruits who may show up Saturday afternoon. It’s always possible that other commits will make late decisions to attend an Auburn game, so it’s not necessarily limited to just those three.
- Unranked wide receiver Khmari Thompson: With Auburn’s wide receiver board so solid with Justyn Ross, Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz and Marquez Ezzard, you might wonder why the lesser-known Thompson is visiting. For starters, he’s quarterback Jarren Williams’ top target at Central Gwinnett (Ga.). He picked football back up for his senior season and has an impressive highlight reel. Thompson has picked up offers from Kansas State, Missouri and Hawaii in short order. Auburn’s interest is unknown, but it’s certainly eye-catching with Williams officially visiting the following weekend.
- The Troup County boys — King Mwikuta, Joko Willis, Kobe Hudson and Andy Boykin: All four of these guys have been at Auburn often in 2017. Mwikuta is a 4-star 2019 linebacker. Willis is a 3-star 2019 linebacker. Hudson is a 4-star 2020 wide receiver. Boykin is an unranked (for now) 2020 defensive end. It wouldn’t surprise me to see any or all of the four end up at Auburn. Boykin has been a regular this season at Auburn home games.
- 4-star 2019 offensive lineman Darius Thomas: Auburn offered the 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Jonesboro, Ark., in March when Thomas was on a visit. He’ll be back for his first Auburn game of the season. Thomas has to be considered one of Auburn’s top offensive line targets in the 2019 class, a group that includes Clay Webb and Amari Kight.
- 4-star 2019 linebacker Jalen Sims: Sims camped with Auburn over the summer and the coaches loved him. He’s one of the only 2019 prospects on whom I’ve placed a Crystal Ball for Auburn. Sims has been at almost the entire fall slate of games for the Tigers. This is certainly a name for Auburn fans to know in the future.