With the 2017 recruiting cycle in full swing, SEC Country examined the top Auburn recruiting headlines from the past weekend.
Here are some notes from the trail:
Auburn rising with the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker
It’s no secret that the Tigers are gunning for a handful of linebacker targets in 2017 after signing just one in February. And among that group of prospects is four-star linebacker Nate McBride, the top-rated inside linebacker in 2017. The Vidalia, Ga., native unofficially visited Auburn on Saturday with his parents, and it left quite the impression.
“They really, really, really impressed me today,” McBride said of his visit. “I know I’m on a high right now. I mean, they weren’t in my top five before (linebackers coach Travis) Williams came because I had just got from Alabama (last spring) and went to Auburn the next day and all I got to see was the stadium and practice, which was good because they played with a high intensity the whole time. Coming here showed me a lot more of what I needed to see and what I wanted to see.”
Credit Auburn’s rise in McBride’s recruitment to first-year linebackers coach Travis Williams, who visited the four-star prospect in January. McBride didn’t name any official leaders, but Georgia figures to be the front-runner at this stage followed by Alabama and Auburn, in no particular order.
California’s top prospect says the Tigers will be among ‘top’ contenders
Upon receiving an offer from Auburn on Friday, five-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey indicated the Tigers would certainly be among his “top” schools. Lindsey is rated as the No. 1 prospect in the state of California and the No. 5 wide receiver in the country. He’s long been considered a Texas A&M lean given his ties to Aggies’ commit Tate Martell, whom Lindsey lived with for an extended period of time.
The offer itself, however, indicates Auburn is aiming to carry momentum over from the 2016 cycle in which the program signed three four-star receivers. Auburn has already offered several elite receivers in the 2017 class, including five-star prospect Trevon Grimes. The Tigers also offered five-star receiver Tee Higgins the same day as Lindsey.
Auburn among early favorites for elite running back
Trey Sermon was among a handful of recruits to attend Auburn’s Junior Day event two weeks ago, and the four-star running back conceded that the Tigers are among his early favorites. Sermon, rated the No. 10 running back in the country, said his relationship with assistant coach Tim Horton has played an integral part in his recruitment. Horton stayed in constant contact with Sermon last year after he suffered a season-ending back injury.
“It was a pretty big deal because it shows he just genuinely cares about me,” said Sermon. “He came by to see my quite a few times. “Really, he just said I’m a priority for him and he would love to coach me.”
Auburn has offered quite a few running backs in 2017, including Sermon, with the hopes of potentially signing two or possible three in this recruiting cycle. Former Tigers running back Peyton Barber left the Plains for the NFL after this past season.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite