I said I’d give this to you the first of every month, so I’m a little premature on the last day of September.
But, for a few reasons, I thought it made more sense to give you Mock Auburn Class 2.0 now. For starters, the site will be loaded with team content on Saturday, so I didn’t want this projection to get lost in rest of the first-day-of-the-month content.
Also, I expect to have a lot of full content throughout next week, so this seemed like a fun way to end the week.
A couple house-keeping reminders:
- As it stands, Auburn has 14 commitments in the 2017 class that ranks No. 15 in the national rankings. The Tigers will shoot for about 25, so that leaves 11 spots up for grabs.
- These projections won’t assume an de-commitments. That’s unlikely, even though there are a few commits giving indications, but we won’t make any assumptions. Those things can play out when the time comes.
- All position totals are based on what recruits have communicated, Auburn’s history at certain positions and areas of need for the Tigers. Auburn’s recruiting staff doesn’t put its big board in front of me, nor should they. These are all educated approximations.
- Recruits with (*) next to their names are commitments.
- 4-star ATH Tray Bishop*, Terrell County (Dawson, Ga.): He’s visiting Georgia this weekend when the Bulldogs play Tennessee, but who isn’t? It’s the cool place to be this weekend, and the Georgia product wants to check it out. Whether he actually ends up being a quarterback, I’m less sure, but I still think he inks with Auburn.
- Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham: He is about as silent as you can be on the recruiting trail, which might be an indication he’s done this recruiting thing before. So I’m going completely with my gut on this one. Stidham should see promise at Auburn.
Running back (3)
- 4-star ATH Alaric Williams*, Southside School (Gadsden, Ala.): Williams returns Friday after sitting out a few weeks with a knee injury. He’s picking up just in time to play against major Auburn target K.J. Britt. Williams has checked out Nebraska on an official visit, but I think he’s all Auburn all the way.
- 4-star ATH Devan Barrett*, Tampa Catholic (Fla.): He’s finally getting to play high school football after a delayed start to his senior season. His production has picked up, though, and Auburn will be lucky to have him when he arrives.
- 3-star ATH Octavius Matthews*, Itawamba C.C.: He might play running back, or he might play slot receiver. Matthews has the ability to do both. Whatever he does, he’ll be doing it at Auburn.
- Nothing to report here.
Wide receiver (1)
- 4-star WR Brandon Martin, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.: This is a case of the Les Miles hiring likely helping Auburn. There aren’t many cases where it will have an outright effect, but Martin has committed to both Auburn and LSU — Auburn, most recently. Martin has Auburn as his favorite. He also might be the only one. It’s slim pickings for Auburn at the position.
Tight end (1)
- 3-star TE Kurt Rafdal, Carmel (Ind.): I went with Rafdal in the first edition, and I’ll stick with him. Tight ends are probably scratching their head at the position’s usage in this offense right now. For the time being, Rafdal is the only tight end to make an official visit, so he appears to be a front-runner.
Offensive line (5)
- 5-star OT Calvin Ashley*, St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.): The highest player on Auburn’s board could come in and play right away, if healthy. He’s going to shop around a little bit on the official visit front, but the Tigers still expect to land him.
- 4-star OT Austin Troxell*, Madison Academy (Ala.): You’ve got to feel for Troxell, after he suffered another season-ending ACL injury. But he’s an Auburn man, through and through. The Tigers will get a mammoth once Troxell is back healthy.
- 4-star OG Nick Brahms*, Navarre (Fla.): Brahms, like Troxell, has some injury history. But he’s been wheeling his way around Jordan-Hare Stadium regularly to start the year despite his leg injury and lengthy driving distance from the Florida panhandle to Auburn.
- 3-star OG Jordan Agasiva, Pima C.C.: Fresh of his official visit, the JUCO talent absolutely loved his trip. He might be the kind of guy that loves it every where he goes — kind of has that fun-loving personality — but I think the Auburn family feel meshed well with his Hawaiian roots. I think he’s an Auburn lean, but that decision likely won’t come until December.
- 3-star OT D’Marcus Hayes, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.: Auburn wants five linemen, and unlike Mock Class 1.0, the Tigers will get five this time. With the addition of Agasiva, I still think Hayes comes on board. He seemed like he might just go ahead and do it after the Clemson game, but he’s quieted down since, likely waiting like most everyone else.
Defensive line (2)
- 4-star DE Ryan Johnson, St. Paul’s Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.): I’ll start by saying this: It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Johnson ended up at Stanford. But if he doesn’t go somewhere of that ilk, Auburn is the team to beat. Johnson would be a major get for Auburn at a position of need.
- 4-star DE Isaiah Buggs, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.: Buggs has thrown out his top 4, in essence, because of the Les Miles firing. The Louisiana native was high on LSU, and I think the Miles departure made him re-think everything. But he loves Auburn — and Rodney Garner — and I think the Tigers do enough by the end of the season to solidify it for him.
- 4-star ILB Tadarian Moultry*, Jackson-Olin (Birmingham, Ala.): I love this guy. He’s wise beyond his years, always has a smile on his face and will be ready to play immediately. Travis Williams got a gem.
- 3-star OLB Chandler Wooten*, North Cobb (Kennesaw, Ga.): Auburn fans won’t have to wait for Wooten to get on campus to see him play. He’s playing in the Under Armour All-America game Jan. 1. Check him out there. He’ll enroll early at Auburn shortly after that showcase.
- 4-star ILB K.J. Britt, Oxford (Ala.): Recruit after recruit has called their shot on Britt. Wooten called him the “life of the party.” He showed that with his dance moves in the stands during the LSU game. The dude can flat-out ball, and I think he’ll be doing that in orange and navy at the college level.
- 4-star ILB Will Ignont, Buckhorn (New Market, Ala.): If he’s staying in the SEC, Auburn is the team to beat. Still, the UCLA factor might be too much to pass up. But, for now, I think Ignont will rely on the proximity and his relationship with Travis Williams.
- 4-star ATH Malcolm Askew*, McAdory (McCalla, Ala.): The vocal leader of the class probably gave some scares with his trip to Cal (and apparently loved the visit). Still, he’s an Auburn commit to his core.
- 3-star CB Shawn Shamburger, Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.): I saw Shamburger play, and he wants to pick up a few more offers he feels he deserves — Florida, specifically. But he called Auburn his “dream school,” and I actually saw him rolling the trees at Toomer’s Corner after the LSU win. He’ll eventually land with Auburn.
- 3-star safety Jordyn Peters, Muscle Shoals (Ala.): One of the underrated members of the class, Peters is a lanky safety. He also happens to be the most recent commit to the class. Peters made his decision prior to the season and has shown no indication that he even plans to really check other places out.
- 3-star safety Carlito Gonzalez, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.): Gonzalez adds a comparable complement to what Peters does at safety. The Tigers will be long and fast at the position for years to come.
- 4-star safety C.J. Avery, Grenada (Miss.): Avery is a late add to the target list, but Auburn should feel pretty good about where it stands. Avery’s father played under Auburn secondary coach Wesley McGriff during his playing days. That family connection has gone a long way to launch Auburn from out of contention to near the top.
- 3-star kicker Anders Carlson, The Classical Academy (Pike National Forest, Colo.): The question is no longer: Will Anders come to Auburn? It’s now: Will Anders be better than Daniel?.
Long snapper (1)
- Long snapper Bill Taylor, American Christian (Tuscaloosa, Ala.): Taylor is always at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a smile on his face. Long snappers deserve love too.
All rankings provided by 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.