The contact period is here, and Auburn is hot on the trail in search of its final five or so commitments.
Auburn’s Class of 2017 is a solid one right now. However, there is certainly room for growth. National Signing Day is less than 20 days away. Many major moves are left to be made. The Tigers have their eyes on a variety of priority prospects. It’s currently a top-1o class, but Auburn needs to finish strong to keep it that way.
Since the last snapshot last week, not much as changed. Rhett Lashlee left as offensive coordinator to take the same job at UConn. It doesn’t appear to have much effect on recruiting — for 2017, at least. Aside from that, most of the Auburn recruiting cycle went unchanged since the last go around.
Aubrey Solomon removed Auburn from his top four, but that didn’t come as a huge surprise.
Let’s dive deeper into the specifics:
Where Auburn’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked
This is a day-to-day change as players commit and de-commit on a regular basis. Auburn finds itself in satisfying position right now. The Tigers have the eighth-ranked class in the nation, which is good for fourth in the SEC. The only conference schools ahead of Auburn are Alabama, Georgia and LSU — fairly standard. Based on how Auburn projects going forward, No. 8 might be a peak for the Tigers in this recruiting cycle. There are a couple bigger opinions available that could keep the Tigers steady in eighth, but it will take a strong finish. Somewhere between No. 8 and No. 12 seems most likely.
Who are Auburn’s top 2017 commitments?
- 5-star (.9863) OL Calvin Ashley (Washington D.C.)
- 4-star (.9642) QB Jarrett Stidham (Waco, Texas) — enrolled
- 4-star (.9435) LB Tadarian Moultry (Birmingham, Ala.)
- 4-star (.9372) OL Austin Troxell (Madison, Ala.)
- 4-star (.9346) OL Nick Brahms (Navarre, Fla.) — enrolled
Who committed to Auburn this week?
It was an uneventful week. Nobody committed. Most of that was because it was late in the dead period and most of those decisions had already been made. The commitments will begin to start picking up now that the contact period has resumed and players are taking official visits.
Auburn-related, however, Tamorrion Terry committed to Florida State, which removes a wide receiver option from the Tigers’ board.
Who de-committed from Auburn this week?
Also a slow week, but that’s a good thing when it comes to de-commitments. Auburn avoided a Calvin Ashley de-commitment despite rumors and an offensive coordinator switch. The only two players remaining who are on de-commit watch — on their own accord, at least — are Ashley and Devan Barrett. For now, I’d still consider it a long shot for either of those de-commmitments to happen.
Who are Auburn’s top uncommitted prospects?
- 4-star safety Devon Hunter (Chesapeake, Va.)
- 4-star DL Ryan Johnson (Mobile, Ala.)
- 4-star LB Tyler Taylor (Buford, Ga.)
- 4-star DE Jarez Parks (Sebastian, Fla.)
- 4-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- 4-star DE Markaviest Bryant (Cordele, Ga.)
- 3-star LB Thomas Johnston (Spanish Fort, Ala.)
Quarterback (2): Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis
Running back (3): Devan Barrett, Alaric Williams, Octavius Matthews
Wide receiver (1): Noah Igbinoghene
Tight end (1): Salvatore Cannella
Offensive line (3): Calvin Ashley, Nick Brahms, Austin Troxell
Defensive line (1): Alec Jackson
Linebacker (3): Tadarian Moultry, KJ Britt, Chandler Wooten
Cornerback (2): Malcolm Askew, Traivon Leonard
Safety (1): Jordyn Peters, Carlito Gonzalez
Long snapper (1): Bill Taylor
Kicker (1): Anders Carlson
The geography of Auburn’s 2017 class
In-state commits: 10 — Williams, Matthews, Troxell, Moultry, Britt, Askew, Peters, Taylor, Igbinoghene, Jackson.
Out-of-state commits: 10 — Barrett, Ashley, Wooten, Gonzalez, Carlson, Brahms, Willis, Cannella, Stidham, Leonard.
Other states represented (5): Florida (Ashley, Barrett, Brahms, Leonard), Georgia (Willis, Wooten, Gonzalez), Illinois (Cannella), Texas (Stidham) and Colorado (Carlson).