The 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi all-star game will be a must-watch for Auburn fans.
The Alabama side of the roster was released Monday, and a litany of Auburn commits and major targets made the 2016 roster. The game will be played on Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Ala.
Here are the Auburn commits who made the Alabama team:
- 4-star ATH Malcolm Askew, McAdory
- 3-star safety Jordyn Peters, Muscle Shoals
Askew and Peters might not be the only future Tigers suited up for the Alabama squad, however. Of the 40 players on the roster, eight uncommitted prospects are still strongly considering Auburn.
The Tigers likely won’t land all of them, but here’s a glance at the other players in this contest that Auburn fans should keep an eye on, though it’s doubtful all eight will still be uncommitted by Dec. 10:
- 4-star WR Nico Collins, Clay-Chalkville
- 4-star WR Henry Ruggs, Lee-Montgomery
- 3-star DL Alec Jackson, Jefferson Davis
- 4-star DL Ryan Johnson, St. Paul’s Episcopal
- 4-star DL LaBryan Ray, James Clemens
- 4-star LB KJ Britt, Oxford
- 3-star LB Thomas Johnston, Spanish Fort
- 4-star LB Will Ignont, Buckhorn
The Mississippi roster hasn’t been released yet, but there is a strong chance there will be a few Auburn targets on that side of the matchup, as well. Stay tuned for that update.
Auburn offers 4-star 2018 LB
Auburn only has two commitments at linebacker in the 2017 class, so there still is plenty of focus on KJ Britt, Will Ignont, Monty Rice, Tyler Taylor, Thomas Johnston and others to see who will join Chandler Wooten and Tadarian Moultry at the position.
But that isn’t stopping linebackers coach Travis Williams from looking a class ahead to try to establish a core for 2018, too. The latest offer went out to a 4-star outside linebacker from Florida.
— Rocky Shelton (@rockyshelton18) October 3, 2016
Rocky Shelton, a 4-star linebacker, plays at national power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) and is the 258th-ranked overall player in the 2018 class. Shelton ranks 16th at the outside linebacker position.
That’s the sixth linebacker Auburn has offered in the junior class — five at outside linebacker and one at inside linebacker. Two of the outside linebackers are already committed to Georgia and Notre Dame. Here are the four offers extended so far to uncommitted prospects:
- 5-star ILB Teradja Mitchell, Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.)
- 4-star OLB Palaie Gaoteote, Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
- 4-star OLB Rocky Shelton, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
- 4-star OLB Quay Walker, Crisp County (Ga.)
Kellen Mond signs financial aid papers with Texas A&M
Auburn took a minor recruiting hit Monday evening when Texas A&M quarterback commit Kellen Mond signed his financial aid agreement with the Aggies.
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— ᴋ ᴇ ʟ ʟ ᴇ ɴ ♚ (@TheKellenMond) October 4, 2016
Mond, the 4-star quarterback from IMG Academy (Fla.), chose Texas A&M over Auburn on June 27 in a hotly contested battle for the No. 84 player overall nationally. On Monday, Mond’s announcement essentially put to rest any chance the Tigers might have at flipping the dual-threat talent.
A quick primer: The NCAA announced in 2013 that early enrollees can sign financial aid agreements after Aug. 1 as a way to secure a scholarship, essentially forcing the university to honor the scholarship (something the Aggies were going to do anyway).
This agreement isn’t the same as a letter of intent. If Mond decides to change his mind, he can still do that. These agreements basically put some of the power in the hands of prospects, rather than the typical upper hand given to the college football programs.
Another big element to the financial aid agreements is that Texas A&M can now speak about Mond publicly, which in many cases will help other recruiting efforts — especially with a quarterback commit. There no longer is a limit on how much the Aggies can communicate with Mond.
So, if there is any hope for Auburn to land Mond, it’s a very small hope. There have been cases in the past where financial aid papers haven’t signaled a future signing, but in those cases, it’s typically an uncommitted prospect signing financial aid papers with multiple schools to allow unlimited contact.
Take 2016 prospect Demetris Robertson, for example. He signed those papers with Cal, Georgia and Georgia Tech before ultimately signing with Cal well after signing day.
In Mond’s case, it doesn’t appear any other schools will get the fortune of signing papers. In other words, this basically is so long to Auburn’s chance of scoring a Mond flip.