AUBURN, Ala. — The final official visit weekend of the 2017 calendar year is here.
With early signing day approaching, much of the Class of 2018 work is complete, but it’s not over yet. The Tigers will host seven prospects on official visits this weekend, though many of them are prospects who already plan on signing with Auburn in the early signing period.
There will be five commits taking their official visits this weekend.
- 4-star safety Quindarious Monday
- 4-star quarterback Joey Gatewood
- 4-star linebacker Zakoby McClain
- 4-star linebacker/defensive end Richard Jibunor
- JUCO defensive lineman Daquan Newkirk
Those prospects plan to sign Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period. Monday, Gatewood and Newkirk will enroll early and will likely participate in Auburn’s bowl practices.
Then there are the two uncommitted prospects who will take official visits this weekend. Both have visited the Plains in the past, but this weekend will have major effects on each of those respective recruitments.
- 3-star defensive lineman Kayode Oladele
- 3-star offensive tackle Jalen Goss
Oladele was originally slated to take his official visit the first weekend of December. That was postponed because Auburn played in the SEC Championship Game. He moved his official visit back to Dec. 8-10 with a plan to commit on Dec. 12, his birthday, but those plans were thwarted for an unspecified reason. Oladele then thought he’d wait until January for an official visit, but once again, he altered those plans.
He will take his official visit this weekend, and it remains to be seen if he’ll commit next week and sign in the early signing period. That will be the storyline to watch this weekend.
As for Goss, he’s been a regular on the Plains for the back half of the season. He attended multiple Auburn games and has emerged as a priority offensive line target in the 2018 class. It remains to be seen what Goss’ plans are going forward, but the Tigers sit in solid position for the Valdosta, Ga., offensive tackle.