Auburn hopes it found its tight end remedy.
Salvatore Cannella re-vitalized the Tigers’ 24-hour recruiting lull on Wednesday by choosing Auburn over Texas and Maryland. Cannella is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end who played last season at Scottsdale C.C. in Arizona.
Cannella’s commitment comes at a convenient time, after the Tigers whiffed on wide receiver target Tarik Black and lost Tray Bishop’s commitment.
— Salvatore Cannella (@salnells) December 14, 2016
Auburn entered the equation late for Cannella. He didn’t pick up his Auburn offer until December, however the same can be said for Texas. Maryland was in contention from the beginning and received the first official visit.
Ultimately, Auburn and Texas rose to top after a three-day trip that included official visits to both schools last weekend. Cannella’s strong relationship with Auburn coach Scott Fountain, who went out to visit Cannella in Arizona just prior to the offer.
Fountain emphasized Auburn major need at tight end.
“They’ve got three tight ends on their offense right now. Two of them are H-backs, true H-backs. They have one true tight ends. He’s going to be a junior. His thing, as coach was telling me, he’s more of a true blocking tight end. He can run and catch some balls, but he doesn’t have the ball skills I do,” Cannella said earlier in December. “He thinks he could really use me to be more of a pass threat.”
Cannella becomes the 18th member of the 2017 recruiting class, including long snapper Bill Taylor who expects to blue-shirt. Auburn moves from No. 10 to No. 9, leaping Clemson.
Auburn still has another potential addition Wednesday when CJ Avery announces his decision between Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.