Recruits arrived on Auburn’s campus this weekend in droves as the program held a Junior Day event to jumpstart the 2017 recruiting cycle.
Here are some notes from the trail and this weekend’s event:
Georgia linebacker declares Auburn his leader following second visit of the week
Three-star linebacker Chandler Wooten visited Auburn with his family over the weekend and shortly thereafter named the Tigers his leader. Wooten is rated as the No. 38 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 45 prospect in the state of Georgia. He plans to announce his decision before his birthday in April, though he may table his commitment announcement until later in the year. Wooten is down to Auburn, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
Gus Malzahn shows off new sports car to top Auburn target
The highlight of Tray Bishop’s visit may have been his opportunity to climb into Malzahn’s new BMW i8. The four-star athlete took a quick drive with Malzahn in his new ride just before recruits were set to attend Auburn’s basketball game. “It was crazy,” said Bishop, the No. 10 athlete in 2017. “I never pictured myself riding in something like that until I could get my own.”
Georgia defensive end says Auburn, South Carolina ‘sticking out’
The Tigers and the Gamecocks have caught the attention of four-star defensive end MJ Webb, who visited Auburn over the weekend. “I enjoyed both of them,” Webb said of his visits to Auburn and South Carolina. “(Coach Will) Muschamp was over here and was a part of my recruitment. Now, he’s over there and I have a great relationship with him. It’s going to be a good competition between Auburn and South Carolina for me.”
Auburn’s Herb Hand is establishing a strong connection with an in-state target
Four-star offensive tackle Kendall Randolph is one of the most sought-after recruits in the state of Alabama, and Hand made sure to establish some rapport with him over the weekend. “Right now, we’re pretty tight,” said Randolph, the No. 21 offensive tackle in 2017. “We got to know each other today. He asked some certain questions concerning if I did come play here. Overall, we’re pretty cool.”
Alabama linebacker taken aback by Auburn offer, says he’s ‘kind of lost for words’
Three-star linebacker Kenney Britt was ‘shocked’ when Auburn extended an offer to him over the weekend, courtesy of linebackers coach Travis Williams. Immediately after, Britt said Auburn was ‘definitely’ in his top five. The Tigers plan to take roughly four to five linebackers in the 2017 cycle.
Nation’s No. 4 offensive guard raves about Auburn visit
Former Alabama commit Netori Johnson intends on announcing his final decision just before signing day, but a string of unofficial visits in the coming weeks will ultimately determine his front-runner.
“When I take this visit to Alabama on (Feb. 27), I’m going to calculate that all back up between Georgia, Auburn and Alabama,” said Johnson, who was in attendance for Auburn’s Junior Day on Saturday. “It might not change, it might change. I have to see right now. I haven’t taken each of those visits yet.”
Johnson, a four-star offensive lineman in 2017, reopened his recruitment earlier in the month after feeling guilty speaking with coaches from other schools. His decision to de-commit from Alabama has since allowed him to explore relationships elsewhere without hesitation. That includes Auburn.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite