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 leads for in-state DB, but several SEC schools are close behind
Auburn has moved out in front for one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama, but the gap between the Tigers and other contending schools can easily be closed.
“The lead is not that big,” said four-star athlete Malcolm Askew, who declared the Tigers his leader following an unofficial visit to the Plains on Thursday.
“They just got to that leading spot after that visit. Everything felt perfect there right now, which is why I have them as my leader.”
Askew, rated the No. 12 athlete in the country, maintained that schools such as Florida, Clemson, Alabama and Ole Miss — though not his official leaders — are still very much in contention.
Safety Carlito Gonzalez ‘100 percent’ committed to the Tigers, but offer from Georgia could alter his recruitment
The Bulldogs have yet to extend an offer to the three-star safety from Stone Mountain, Ga., who has thought about the possibility of playing in nearby Athens. Though months away, Gonzalez admitted he would use one of his five allotted official visits to head to UGA if a scholarship was on the table.
“It would mean a lot,” Gonzalez said of a potential UGA offer. “I like Georgia. I like how everyone is going there. You kind of think what if you were playing on this team with these top recruits?”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound rising senior is one of three verbal commitments in the Tigers’ 2017 class, along with five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley and four-star athlete Alaric Williams.
Flipping his commitment would prove rather difficult, but Gonzalez admitted a poor season and more coaching changes could force him to re-evaluate his recruitment.
For now, Gonzalez remains firmly committed.
“I’m still 100 percent committed to Auburn,” Gonzalez said. “I have coaches talking to me every now and then, but I’m staying committed until other things happen.”
Elite four-star tackle understands connection to LSU, but will consider multiple SEC teams
Adrian Ealy, a four-star offensive tackle from Louisiana, conceded to SEC Country that Auburn is among his early favorites, along with Florida, LSU and others.
The Tigers recently offered Ealy, who is rated the No. 26 offensive tackle in 2017.
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports Composite.