We are firmly in the camp state of the recruiting cycle. Basically, from February to August, some school somewhere is having an event hoping to get their top recruits on campus in hopes of landing them come signing day. This weekend, it’s Auburn’s turn as the Tigers plan to have their 2nd junior day of the year. It’s a chance for players to not only check out AU’s campus and meet the coaches but it’s also a chance to see what a practice looks like for the Auburn Tigers. These weekends don’t always lead to commits but they play a big role in establishing early relationships with top targets so that you get that all important letter of intent down the line.
AU Hosting One Official Visitor
The biggest visitor of the weekend is actually not a current junior in high school, it’s Texas Tech transfer DT Breiden Fehoko. The big man has set only three official visits so far, with the first a trip down to the Loveliest Village On The Plains. Fehoko was once the #50 recruit in the country when he signed with the Red Raiders in the 2015 class. In two seasons for Texas Tech, Fehoko recorded 21 tackles, 7.5 TFL, and 2 sacks. Those aren’t eye-popping numbers but he wasn’t exactly playing on the greatest of defenses. Fehoko has plenty of talent and would give AU another high upside interior player to add to the rotation in 2018, a rotation that might not lose a single guy after the 2017 season. Here's a snazzy highlight video showing him in action. Fehoko already has official visits set to Louisville and LSU with plenty of other teams vying for the last 2 trips including Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, BYU, and others.
Junior Day Visitor List
Unfortunately, there has not been a ton of information on who exactly is making the trek to Auburn this Saturday. Below is a taste of the talent that will be here Saturday but I expect that there will be a lot more names than the ones listed. These are just the guys that have either tweeted or told a beat writer they plan on attending. More than likely, this afternoon a few sites will have longer lists and I will link them in the comments.
For the second straight weekend, the Tigers will host the #1 player in the state. Rivals released updated rankings this week, bumping the stud WR to a 5*. Ross visited Alabama for their junior day last Saturday but was in Auburn the next day watching a softball game with Kodi Burns. Auburn fans can probably feel cautiously optimistic about our chances with the 6’4” wideout but it is a very long ways till NSD.
This is a big visit for Gatewood and Auburn. It’s the first time he’s been back on campus since Lashlee left. He recently reaffirmed his commitment to Auburn but it’s still an important visit for the Tiger commit. Gatewood is a guy that is incredibly raw at the QB spot due to the lack of snaps at the position but has one of the highest upsides in the class.
Big Cat’s former teammate has the Tigers on top right now but the Dawgs aren’t going to go down without a fight. Walker is a kid that could play a lot of different LB spots due to his athleticism but probably projects best at OLB.
The former Michigan commit holds plenty of offers and is one of the top guard prospects this cycle. He is a beast in the run game and would be a great fit in Malzahn’s offense. His top group consists of Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio State but the Tigers seem to be the trending team. I would even put him on commit watch this weekend though he tweeted, in a now deleted tweet, about committing in June on his birthday so we will see.
There are four RBs in the state of Alabama with SEC offers. Three of them have Auburn offers. The one left out? La’Damian Webb from Opelika, AL. Webb put up video game numbers last season including a ridiculous 51 carries 359 yds 5 TDs performance in last year's Class 5A state title game. However, his small stature has made some of the big dogs pause about offering but that could change. I think with AU already having a sub 5’10” RB committed in Shaun Shivers, I would be surprised if we offered Webb but then again if you think he’s one of the best why not?
Stutts might have one of my favorite OL highlight films this cycle. Most of it is just him destroying smaller defenders. Sure many of the guys he’s blocking aren’t SEC caliber (though a few are like 3* DE Malik Langham) but man it’s fun to watch. Stutts is pretty low rated at this point but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes. He’s a big strong kid that could play inside or outside and has a legit SEC frame. Unsure of where he stands on our OL board but I would not be shocked if he landed in this class
A name to watch out for this cycle, if you can pronounce it, is Oyenmwen Uzebu who is starting to generate some real interest from top schools. That happens when you are 6’6” 290 lbs even if you have only played football for a short period of time. I wouldn’t be shocked if he landed an offer this weekend though more than likely coaching staff will wait to evaluate him at a summer camp.
- The #2 player in AL, 4* CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, released his top 6 this past week. It was a bit surprising Alabama was not included but it appears this is turning into an AU/FSU battle. According to Benjamin Wolk, Armour-Davis took a long midweek visit (Tue-Thur) to AU this past week. A decision could be coming pretty soon and you have to think the Tigers have a great shot at landing the stud corner.
- Ross wasn’t the only top target on campus last weekend. 4* LB Teradja Mitchell, 4* ATH Kearis Jackson, 2019 4* QB Bo Nix and some 2019/2020 recruits also stopped by.
- Apopka High School has two top OL recruits this cycle in 4* OT William Barnes and 3* OG Ed Montilus. Both are top AU OL targets and have the Tigers in their top groups. Barnes told SECCountry that AU was "different" and Montilus said that the Tigers and Hurricanes were in his top 2. Expect both to make a trip to AU soon.
- Auburn has passed out a bunch of offers this month and Keith Niebuhr over at 247 put together a nice slideshow recapping them all.