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Auburn Tigers Recruiting Update

Who is in and who are the Tigers still targeting?

Gus: Come on, recruits. Come join the Gus Bus. Driven by the Brothers Boom.
Gus: Come on, recruits. Come join the Gus Bus. Driven by the Brothers Boom.
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All recruiting information is drawn from the 247Sports composite and represent the composite rank of all recruiting services.

Here is a table of Auburn's current recruiting outlook with links to articles we've written on commitments if there are articles in our database.

Name Star Ranking Position
JUCO enrollees
Jovon Robinson 4* RB
Jason Smith 4* ATH
Maurice Swain 3* DT
HS Early Enrollees
Tyler Queen 4* QB
Chandler Cox 3* H-Back/TE/FB
Tyler Carr 4* OG
Bailey Sharp 4* OT
Kerryon Johnson 4* ATH
Darrell Williams 4* OLB
Jordan Colbert 4* S
Richard McBryde 4* OLB
D'Anfernee McGriff 4* RB/WR
Marquel Harrell 4* OG
Kaleb Kim 4* OC
Montavious Atkinson 4* ILB/DB
Elijah Sullivan 3* OLB
Jauntavius Johnson 3* DT
Jalen Harris 3* TE
Chris Westry 3* CB
Ian Shannon 3* Punter
Martez Ivey 5* OT
Bryon Cowart 5* SDE
Jeffrey Holland 4* OLB
John Burt 4* WR
Arden Key 4* WDE
Ryan Davis 4* WR
Terry Beckner, Jr 5* SDE

A few months back, Jared updated us on where the class stood right before the football season started. Auburn has not picked up many commitments since then, and even lost one in JUCO CB Tony Bridges.

At the time, Auburn's defensive line targets were Daron Payne and Trent Thompson. They have committed to Alabama and Georgia, respectively. The target board has changed, now. Auburn is trending very highly towards landing Bryon Cowart. He was talking up Auburn among other recruits at the Under Armour All-American Game, and has convinced fellow 5* defensive end Terry Beckner, Jr to visit Auburn officially next weekend during the Tigers' monster recruiting weekend.

Another big time defensive end that could possibly lean the Tigers' direction is 4* Arden Key, a former South Carolina commit. Key decommited from the Gamecocks this week (for the second time), but he does still claim South Carolina as his leader. Key is set to officially visit Auburn on the final weekend before signing day, which gives the Tigers a big advantage. He is currently in the "Cool" area indicating his interest in Auburn in the 247 Composite, however.

If there's any place the Tigers really need people, it's the defensive line. Auburn lost a lot of contributors after this past season, and needs to replace that depth in a hurry.

Auburn does not have that many spots left for this year's class. There are currently twenty people committed or already enrolled. The SEC has a cap of 25, but I believe at least one or two of those already enrolled can count back to last season's class since the Tigers only signed 24. There are seven people listed on that targets list, and I doubt the Tigers land all seven.

If there's a chance they could, I imagine you would see Ian Shannon grey shirt. I believe he was in some weird status as a possible 2016 enrollee at one point, anyway. And there's always the chance that when Will Muschamp is done evaluating Auburn's current commitments, one or two is told the Tigers are no longer interested since Auburn will be running a different scheme next season.