It’s been a busy first few days in Orlando, Fla., the scene of the annual Under Armour All-America game featuring some of the top prospects in the country.
As National Signing Day inches closer, we take a look at what a few Auburn targets and commits had to say about their standing with the Tigers and their upcoming plans.
1. Eli Stove, four-star WR, Niceville, Fla.
Recap: Stove joked to reporters on Tuesday that his father may consider Florida a better option than Auburn. Stove, who has shown interest in the Gators in recent months, appears open to the possibility, too. The four-star receiver confirmed to SEC Country he will take official visits to Auburn (Jan. 15), Florida (Jan. 22) and Miami (Jan. 29) in the coming weeks, further clouding his commitment status with the Tigers.
What it means: Stove appears to be a priority for the Gators and has been in recent months. He’s developed a strong relationship with wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon, though he admitted he’s closer with Auburn’s Dameyune Craig. Nonetheless, Stove will take his official visit to Gainesville, Fla., in the coming weeks and he acknowledged his decision will likely come down to both programs come signing day.
2. Nate Craig-Myers, four-star WR, Tampa, Fla.
Recap: Craig-Myers, a one-time Auburn pledge, confirmed to SEC Country earlier in the week that Auburn, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Florida and Florida State will each have a hat on the table come signing day. And when asked what school(s) could land the Under Armour All-American and his brother, four-star cornerback Jayvaughn Myers, both said Auburn.
“I’d probably say the only one that I could see both of us playing at is Auburn,” said Jayvaughn Myers, who then predicted that his brother will re-commit to the Tigers. “I know for sure he likes them a lot.”
What it means: It’s not all too common for a one-time commit to pledge back to a program he de-committed from in earlier months, but that could be a possibility for Craig-Myers judging by his brother’s recent comments.
3. E.J. Price, four-star OT, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Recap: In recent months, Price had maintained that Georgia and Auburn were his co-leaders. But while speaking to multiple reporters in Orlando, Fla., during check-ins at the Under Armour All-America game on Monday, that no longer appears to be the case.
Per 247Sports.com’s Luke Stampini, Price listed Oklahoma, USC and Georgia among his favorites. The Tigers, however, appear to be on the outside looking in — at least for now.
What it means: The 6-foot-6, 311-pound senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., took to Twitter later that evening to clarify his comments, and he indicated his top schools are not final. That could bode well for the Tigers, who will receive an official visit from Price on Jan. 29, just days before he is expected to announce his decision. A last-second trip could alter his final schools.
4. Woody Barrett, four-star QB, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Recap: The one-time Auburn commit, Craig-Myers, will be catching passes from current Tigers commit Woody Barrett this weekend, as the two highly touted prospects participate in the annual Under Armour All-America game in Orlando, Fla.
And while Barrett, a four-star quarterback, says his focus isn’t on recruiting prospects to Auburn, he offered his thoughts on the Tigers’ chances of luring Craig-Myers back to The Plains after he de-committed in May.
“I think we have a pretty good shot,” Barrett, the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, told SEC Country. “We haven’t really talked about it yet. Right now, we’re just relaxing and enjoying ourselves.”
What it means: Barrett maintained he wasn’t trying to press the issue with Craig-Myers, who will officially visit Auburn in January, but he appeared optimistic about the Tigers’ chances of landing the elite Florida receiver. Barrett says he isn’t using this week as an opportunity to recruit, but hinted that he wouldn’t mind a few uncommitted receivers following him to Auburn.