With signing day just weeks away, SEC Country examined the top Auburn recruiting headlines from the weekend.
David Marshall’s recruitment has been convoluted in recent months.
The three-star defensive end de-committed from the Tigers back in June, named Ole Miss his leader shortly thereafter and wound up re-committing to Auburn in October.
Adding more intrigue to his recruitment has been his recent interest in Georgia. Marshall has grown close to new inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann since his arrival to Athens, Ga., in December, and he intends on taking an official visit to UGA on Jan. 22.
But following his official visit to Auburn over the weekend, Marshall says it’s going to be rather tough for any school — Georgia included — to change his mind. Despite indicating his family will not join him on his official visit to Athens this weekend, Marshall took to Twitter on Monday and said they would in fact join him.
- One-time Auburn commit Nate Craig-Myers still feels like a ‘part of the family’ despite de-commitment
Despite wavering on his commitment from Auburn in May, Nate Craig-Myers has always felt welcomed by the Tigers.
His return visit on the Plains over the weekend — his first since the summer — only reaffirmed his belief.
“That’s one thing good about Auburn, that’s one of the pros in this situation,” Craig-Myers told SEC Country. “You come up here, nothing ever changes. It’s always the same feeling. Even when I de-committed, when I came back it still felt like I was a part of the family.”
Craig-Myers said both Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee see him as a marquee player.
Hamm had been in conversation with Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers since November, and in recent weeks it appeared that relationship was growing stronger. But following his return visit to the Plains, Hamm indicated he was not going to give any other official visits a thought.
He is firmly committed. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder from Griffin, Ga., said the opportunity to meet with offensive line coach Herb Hand shored up his commitment to the Tigers.
“I really kind of got to know (coach Hand),” Hamm said. “That was one of my biggest things, was getting over here and to see what he was about.”
Despite being tentatively scheduled to officially visit Florida this coming weekend, the four-star receiver and Auburn commit was mum on his future plans after officially visiting the Tigers over the weekend.
“Yeah, I don’t really know yet,” Stove told SEC Country. “I’m still going to stick with Auburn. I’m just looking around just in case.”
Stove has garnered interest from the Gators in recent months and has even expressed reciprocal regard in recent weeks. During the week of the Under Armour All-America Game, Stove indicated his decision would come down to the two programs.
He received an in-home visit from Florida receivers coach Kerry Dixon this past Friday, and is expected to host Malzahn on Jan. 21.
It’s likely down to three schools for former Miami commit Joshua Uche.
The three-star defensive end from Miami, Fla., says it’s “pretty much” a three-team race between Michigan, Florida and Auburn. He officially visited the Tigers on Saturday.
“They’re one of (the) places I’m definitely considering,” Uche said of Auburn. “Just the whole atmosphere, I really liked it. Some Florida players are up here. They seem to enjoy it a lot.”
Uche, who reeled in an offer from Auburn shortly after de-committing from Miami in November, says this weekend’s visit was his first to the program. He spoke at length with team doctors, Malzahn and newly hired defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
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