Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country talks to an offensive line target who recently received an offer and grew up an Auburn fan. Also, Trey Hill explains how close the Tigers were. Lastly, there is a 2018 target on an official visit right now.
Former Colorado OL commit receives Auburn offer
The offensive line dominoes began to fall Monday night.
Trey Hill committed to Georgia, which should set the stage for Auburn’s busy offensive line recruiting to come. Shortly after that decision, former Colorado offensive line commit Walker Culver from Chattanooga, Tenn., announced he’d received an offer from the Tigers on Monday night.
Culver has camped at Auburn in the past and visited this summer, so this isn’t a guy freshly on the Tigers’ radar. In fact, SEC Country caught up with Culver on Monday night, and he said the communication has been fairly constant since his freshman year.
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“I talked to Coach [Chip] Lindsey on the phone. Ever since freshman year, I’ve been communicating with Auburn coaches and going to camps. I think I’ve been on their radar for quite some time,” Culver said. “I think they recently had a spot open up, unexpected numbers is what they said. They went ahead and reconsidered my film and made an offer to me on a phone call.”
Culver has received double-digit offers throughout his recruitment. Ohio State and Virginia Tech are the two programs heavily involved right now, but he also holds offers from Colorado, North Carolina, Mississippi State and others.
It’s not going to be easy to jump the Hokies and the Buckeyes, who both played a key role in Culver’s Nov. 28 de-commitment from Colorado. But if any program can do it, it might be Auburn.
When Culver tweeted his Auburn offer, the attached pictures were slightly different than most. He posted the obligatory logo, stadium and campus photo, but Culver also added a little personal touch to his announcement. Culver included a childhood photo of himself with family members wearing Auburn gear in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
In the photo, he’s with his father, Dennis Culver, and older brother, Matthew Culver. Both are Auburn alumni.
“I grew up around Auburn and an Auburn fan,” Culver said. “It’s definitely very special to me personally. I’ve worked at this for a long time. I grew up in an Auburn family, so it’s definitely something I was very honored to receive.”
At 6-foot-6 and 273 pounds, Culver is listed as an offensive tackle. He said he’d be willing to play tackle or guard at the next level. The Tigers’ staff hasn’t had that conversation yet about where he’d fit into the offense.
There are several discussions the Culver family will have this week.
With the early signing period quickly approaching, this Auburn offer will force some pause. Initially, Culver looked ready to make his decision between Virginia Tech and Ohio State soon. He was planning to sign early. Now that Auburn has entered the picture, it will be tough for him to choose the Tigers and sign in less than 10 days without having taken an official visit.
When he spoke with Lindsey on the phone, they had preliminary official visit conversations. Auburn coaches told him he could take it this upcoming week or wait until January, though that would make his early-signing decision for him.
It’s all moving fast for now.
“We’re still looking around, and we’ll definitely need some time to sit down and talk about everything,” Culver said. “We’ll definitely have to talk as a family. We’re trying to map everything out, and with the early signing period, it complicates things and puts a little time crunch on decision-making. That’s still something we’re discussing. The clock is getting eaten up. We’re trying to find time.”
Trey Hill explains how the Bulldogs beat the Tigers
After committing to Georgia on Monday night, Trey Hill finally confirmed something that had been speculated for a while.
His decision came down to Auburn and Georgia.
Hill listed a top four of Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Florida State, but if you took the follow-the-visits mentality seriously, then it became somewhat obvious the Tigers and the Bulldogs were the front-runners. Hill finally said as much Monday night.
“I narrowed it down to Auburn and Georgia. It came down to them two,” he said.
During the in-home visit period, Auburn and Georgia coaches were the two that went to his house. Florida and Florida State coaches met up with Hill at his school. Auburn coach Malzahn went to the Hill household on Sunday night after Hill’s official visit to Athens.
Hill didn’t end up telling Malzahn his decision until Monday, and he admitted it was one of the more difficult conversations he’s had to have.
“It was very hard. Auburn was recruiting me very hard. I’ve been going down there since ninth grade,” Hill said. “It was super hard. I just had to call him man-to-man, just so he’d respect me.”
Australian punter Arryn Siposs on official visit
Auburn’s potential punter of the future is on campus for his official visit.
The former Australian rules footballer — who I wrote about in more detail here — received an offer from Auburn within the last month. While he claimed in the past he was committed, nothing has been made official yet. It’s certainly possible for all of that to be finalized Tuesday.
Siposs will wrap up his official visit Tuesday afternoon, so there should be more details to give about Siposs’ status in the Class of 2018.
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