Auburn has already produced one of the top recruiting classes in the country, but the Tigers are still in search of a few more prospects as National Signing Day approaches.
With the recruiting dead period effectively ending on Wednesday, coach Gus Malzahn and his staff will look to make a strong push to secure a few more verbal commitments as several targets, both committed and uncommitted, are slated to take official visits to The Plains beginning this weekend. The Tigers are expected to host eight visitors starting on Friday.
SEC Country examined the top targets below.
- Derrick Brown, five-star defensive tackle, Buford, Ga. — Brown, whom many believe to be a strong Georgia lean, will receive a visit from the Tigers on Thursday prior to heading off to Auburn for his first of three January official visits. The 6-foot-3, 317-pound defensive lineman is seen as a priority by Malzahn and Co. Weeks ago, rumors swirled indicating Auburn was Brown’s leader, though he dispelled that notion.
- Nate Craig-Myers, four-star receiver, Tampa, Fla. — The one-time Auburn commit confirmed to SEC Country during the week of the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game that the Tigers will in fact have a hat on the table when he announces his decision on Feb. 3. Myers, one of the top uncommitted receivers in the country, would certainly bolster Auburn’s depth at the receiver position. He would join fellow four-star Kyle Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) if he did indeed commit.
- Jayvaughn Myers, four-star cornerback, Dade City, Fla. — Myers, who happens to be the brother of Nate Craig-Myers, will also take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. The four-star cornerback was once believed to be a heavy lean to Florida, but that may no longer be the case. Interestingly enough, Myers told SEC Country a few weeks ago that Auburn may very well be the only destination that he and his brother could end up playing together.
- Eli Stove, four-star receiver, Niceville, Fla. — Stove makes this list simply because his recruitment appears far from over. He indicated to SEC Country during the week of the Under Armour All-America Game that his decision will likely come down to Auburn and Florida, making his official visit to The Plains this weekend that much more important. The Gators have come on strong as of late and are seen as a real threat to flip Stove’s commitment.
- David Marshall, three-star defensive end, Thomaston, Ga. — Marshall, like Stove, is included given his recent interest in Georgia and the possibility he decides to waver on his commitment. Marshall has expressed to SEC Country in recent weeks his growing relationship and interest with the Bulldogs, as he’s been in constant contact with newly hired assistant Glenn Schumann. It’s important to note that Marshall has already de-committed once before.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite