Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and SEC Country breaks down the defensive projection snubs.
Most likely to land in Auburn’s class despite projection
The Tuesday defensive projection added a few new names to the list. It’s shaping up to be another solid class on the defensive side of the football, but it’s unlikely for Auburn to land everyone it wants in the class. It’s also possible the Tigers land on some people who I think they’re playing from behind for.
With that said, here’s the status on the five guys I left out who are most likely to land in the class down the line.
- 4-star CB Christian Tutt: As Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports first reported, Tutt plans to officially visit in November or December. That’s fairly big news from a prospect who has fallen off the radar some over the last few months. He was once down to a final group of Alabama, Florida State and Georgia, but opted to take things slow as those programs examined other cornerback options. Tutt has visited Auburn a few times in the past, but his interest has seemed hesitant at best in the past. The same can’t be said now that he has an official visit likely on deck. With the cornerback position something of an uncertainty, this is one to watch.
- 3-star DE Kayode Oladele: Here’s a prospect who was in my previous two defensive projections, but I’ve removed him from this month’s version. Oladele is high on Auburn, though a few other programs — Miami, Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee and Ole Miss — are in this, too. But the catch here: Oladele hasn’t played so far this season, which has been a hiccup for a few college evaluators. If Oladele can get back on the field, it’ll help his chances of landing back in the Auburn projections.
- 4-star LB JJ Peterson: Peterson has always seemed like a lock to Alabama, and nothing has changed on that front. With that said, it’s a little odd his decision-making process has carried on this long. He’s always claimed Auburn is his No. 2 school, but Georgia will likely work its way into this one if it can. Peterson’s relationship with Travis Williams would be the deciding factor. Will it be enough to overcome Alabama? For now, I say no, which is why he falls here and not in the Tuesday projection.
- 4-star LB Channing Tindall: Auburn doesn’t just have to beat out South Carolina for Tindall. In fact, Georgia might now be the squad on top. Tindall — from Columbia, S.C. — actually grew up a huge Bulldogs fan. That has helped Georgia get into the game. With Georgia’s season success, it’s been able to creep up his leaderboard. Meanwhile, Tindall hasn’t visited Auburn since the summer, so it’ll be critical for the Tigers to make that happen down the stretch.
- 3-star LB La’Dedric Jackson: If Auburn is unable to flip Quay Walker, who made the projection, then it’s possible Auburn will have to go the backup route at linebacker. Jackson seems like a legitimate possibility. He recently de-committed from Missouri, and he’s visited Auburn in the past. Now, Jackson will have to wait on that Auburn offer. It’s probably a waiting game to see who Auburn has a serious chance with, but the Tigers are communicating regularly with Jackson just to be safe.
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