Auburn heads into Wednesday with the No. 13-ranked recruiting class in the country with hopes of finishing in the top 10 or better for the fourth straight year under coach Gus Malzahn.
The Tigers’ 2016 class is fueled by nine four-star prospects, including defensive tackle Antwaun Jackson and defensive end Marlon Davidson, and is looking to add to that total come National Signing Day.
Ranking: No. 13
Early Enrollees: Nine.
Hard Commits: Seven.
Top targets: Derrick Brown, Nigel Warrior, Nate Craig-Myers and Prince Sammons
Total projected signees: 24
Names to know
Derrick Brown, DT – Brown has been trending to Auburn in recent days, and it appears the Tigers are in a good position to sign the U.S. Army All-American. Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee are also competing for his commitment.
Nigel Warrior, S – Warrior’s relationship with Auburn has grown considerably in the past two weeks, after an in-home visit with Malzahn prompted the nation’s No. 4 safety to take an official visit to The Plains a week ago.
Nate Craig-Myers, WR – Auburn is already well-equipped at wide receiver with the additions of four-stars Kyle Davis and Eli Stove, but the Tigers would like to add Craig-Myers into the fold. The four-star receiver is down to UNC and Auburn, and it would appear the Tigers are front-runners.
Storylines to watch
Will David Marshall stick with his commitment to Auburn?
Perhaps the biggest storyline heading into Wednesday is whether or not the three-star defensive end will remain with the Tigers. After back-to-back visits to Georgia, Marshall, who has been committed since November, appears to be leaning toward the Bulldogs, though he told Scout.com after his visit to Athens this weekend that he’s “still strong to Auburn.”
Can Auburn land Georgia’s top prospect?
Five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown is expected to decide between Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn on Wednesday. Can the Tigers land Brown and add to an already stellar class that includes two four-star defensive linemen? It’s quite possible. Malzahn and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele have visited with Brown many times since the dead period was lifted in mid-January.
Auburn has an opportunity to land the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle, the No. 4 safety and the No. 6 wide receiver on National Signing Day. Mix in a few commitments from notable four-star receiver Ahmmon Richards or four-star defensive end Prince Sammons, whom the Tigers are recruiting along the offensive line, and it’s easy to see how Malzahn and staff can piece together yet another top-10 recruiting class.
All rankings and ratings according to the 247Sports Composite