With signing day rapidly approaching, Auburn is in position to add to an already stellar recruiting class.
The Tigers’ No. 12 unit is fueled by nine four-star prospects, including defensive end Marlon Davidson and defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, and a bevy of notable three-star recruits.
Yet coach Gus Malzahn and his staff remain in play for a handful of other top-tier recruits, many of whom the program needs to land come Wednesday.
Listed below are the top prospects Auburn must secure on National Signing Day:
1. Derrick Brown, five-star defensive tackle, Buford, Ga. — Brown (6-4, 317) has been trending to Auburn in recent days, per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, which aggregates predictions from reporters across the country. Last week, Brown reportedly released a list of top schools, and the Tigers were among them. He officially visited The Plains on Jan. 15, and has since been the focal point of several in-home visits from the Auburn coaching staff. Malzahn visited with Brown on Thursday.
2. Nate Craig-Myers, four-star receiver, Tampa, Fla. — Craig-Myers (6-2, 205) trimmed his top schools to North Carolina and Auburn this past week after canceling his official visit to Ole Miss. The four-star receiver and one-time Auburn commit is a favorite to re-sign with the Tigers after de-committing in May. He took an official visit to The Plains on Jan. 15, where he said he felt like he was still ‘a part of the family.’
3. Prince Sammons, four-star defensive end, Cincinnati, Ohio — Sammons (6-8, 280) is being recruited by the Tigers as a possible offensive lineman, making his signature a must-get on Wednesday. Auburn has whiffed on several other offensive lineman prospects, including three-star Lucas Niang, junior college standout Breontae Matthews and four-star tackle Landon Dickerson, who will likely commit elsewhere. Sammons, as a result, is a high priority. He is also considering Duke, Michigan State and Oregon.
4. David Marshall, three-star defensive end, Thomaston, Ga. — The Auburn pledge has grown increasingly close with Georgia in recent weeks. Both programs have continued to recruit him aggressively, as highlighted by several in-home visits, but the Tigers need to close on his commitment on Wednesday. Marshall (6-3, 256) is a valuable prospect and would bolster an Auburn defense that is returning few starters next season.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite