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Auburn Football Recruiting News: Tiger Targets Shine in Atlanta

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The Opening hosted a regional in Atlanta, GA last Sunday where numerous AU targets had big days

Six players earned Finals invites at The Opening regionals in Atlanta
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Nike’s The Opening regionals stopped in Atlanta this past Sunday and many Auburn targets were in attendance. It was a chance for some of the best players in Georgia and Alabama to test their skills against other top talents in positional and 1 on 1 drills. The event ended with six players earning invites to the finals in July with plenty of others making strong cases to receive one down the road.

4* WR Justyn Ross | #31 OVR | #4 WR | #1 AL

Ross lived up to his top billing this past Sunday, dominating 1v1s and shining in positional drills. His strong day earned him an invite to The Opening Finals in July. Ross is far from a decision as he waits for his mom to return from Kuwait and as of now plans to wait until National Signing Day to pull the trigger. Auburn and Alabama continue to be the top 2 teams but things could get interesting as Clemson offered Wednesday night.

4* DE Brenton Cox | #54 OVR | #4 SDE | #8 GA

Auburn hosted a coaching clinic last Thursday to Saturday and one of the coaches in attendance was Stockbridge High’s Kevin Whitley. Whitley brought along two of the top prospects in the southeast, who happen to also claim to be a package deal, in Cox and Marqeuz Ezzard who spent the three days in Auburn checking out the campus and observing practice. It was Cox’s first visit and it sounds like it went well though the Tigers have plenty of work to do. Cox lists a top 2 of Georgia and Ohio State with the Dawgs considered heavy favorites. Cox made the Top 5 OL/DL and displayed a great combo of physicality and quickness Sunday.

4* S Brendon Harris | #109 OVR | #10 S | #4 TN

One of the top safety targets for the Tigers this cycle is Chattanooga native, Brendon Harris. All the Crystal Ball’s point towards Tennessee at the moment but Auburn is expected to be a factor in this race. His last visit was for the Alabama A&M game but expect that to change over this summer.

4* WR Kearis Jackson | #139 OVR | #26 WR | #14 GA

There are two wideouts in this loaded WR class I really want Auburn to land: Justyn Ross and Kearis Jackson. Jackson has some of the most explosive film you will see this cycle and is an incredible combo of speed and power. He put up the #8 SPARQ score Sunday and was tough to handle in 1v1s. UGA is thought to be the team to beat but AU isn’t far behind at #2.

4* WR Seth Williams | #146 | #28 WR | #4 AL

Justyn Ross has established himself as the clear top WR in the state but Williams isn’t all that far behind. The 6’3” 212 lb wideout out of Cottondale, AL is one of the more physical wideouts this cycle. That size coupled with his great hands made him hard to handle at times this past Sunday. Many consider Williams a lock to the Tide, considering he is in the Crimson Tide’s backyard, but Williams says that right now no one is pushing harder than Auburn.

4* RB Asa Martin | #223 OVR | #9 RB | #7 AL

Fresh off a Florida trip where Martin named the Gators his leader, the #9 RB flashed his quickness in the cat and mouse drills on Sunday. It’s clear the Tigers have some work to do but Martin claims there’s still plenty of time before his decision. The versatile back is expected back on campus for A-Day though and will give the Auburn staff a chance to combat the Gator momentum.

4* S Quindarious Monday | #232 OVR | #13 ATH | #22 GA

If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to check out Monday’s tape because this kid is the real deal. He has the big frame you like to see in the secondary matched with great speed and physicality. Monday shined as a leader this past Sunday and was incredibly physical at the line jamming WRs. As of now, the Tigers are #1 on his list with Florida and Florida State chasing. Keep an eye out for Clemson, however, as Monday has said before they are his dream school and they have yet to offer.

4* DT Coynis Miller | #263 OVR | #23 DT | #8 AL

Miller showed up Sunday but did not compete in anything outside of some testing drills. That was disappointing as the event was loaded with big time interior OL talent and it would have been fun to see how Miller stacked up. The good news for AU fans though is the big man spent the last three days in Auburn with 2017 signee and teammate Tadarrian Moultry during their spring break. Miller got a chance to watch an Auburn practice for the first time and came away impressed with the group specifically Derrick Brown and also enjoyed seeing Rodney Garner in action.

4* WR Marquez Ezzard | #267 OVR | #16 ATH | #27 GA

Don’t be shocked if Ezzard ends up a top 150 recruit this cycle, he can play. The talented athlete plays both DB and WR for his high school team though most are recruiting him specifically as a WR. He joined Cox on a 3-day visit to Auburn and came away impressed. Of the two, the Tigers probably have a better shot at Ezzard though UGA might be the leader for him as well.

4* LB Nathaniel Watson | #282 OVR | #18 ATH | #10 AL

The Auburn legacy continues to keep AU as his leader despite the fact that he would rather play offense and the Tigers are recruiting him as a LB/S target. He worked at WR Sunday and schools like Ole Miss and Alabama seem to like him at that spot. However, it sounds like Kevin Steele has sold him on how he would fit in our defense and the Tigers are sitting pretty for one of the best in the state.

4* OG Jalil Irvin | #309 OVR | #17 OG | #30 GA | Auburn Commit

The Tiger commit started the day slow but ended up making the OL/DL Top 5 with top players like Trey Hill and Jamaree Salyer. He worked a lot at C and had a strong showing in the 1v1s. Irvin committed to the Tigers back in early March and is now working on getting the longtime friend 4* OT Dylan Wonnum to join him at Auburn.

3* RB Harold Joiner | #365 OVR | #18 RB | #11 AL

It’s a 3 team battle between Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss for the big back out of Mountain Brook. Joiner put up the 2nd best SPARQ score Sunday measuring in at 6’4” 218 lbs and ran a 4.76. He worked mostly at RB though he can split out at WR if needed. He’s also expected on campus for A-Day next weekend.

3* Buck/LB Channing Tindall | #713 OVR | #37 WDE | #13 SC

No one had a bigger day Sunday than Channing Tindall. He came in as a relatively unheralded prospect but after posting the top SPARQ score, winning the LB MVP and earning an invite to The Opening Finals that will most likely change. Tindall says that South Carolina, Georgia, and Auburn are recruiting him the hardest with Travis Williams being the big reason for his interest in Auburn. The Tigers and Gamecocks were two of his earliest offers so don’t be shocked if he lands at either school.

3* Buck/LB Richard Jibunor | #759 OVR | #63 ATH | #76 GA

Last week, I speculated that Jibunor might be the next AU commit to pop and could happen as soon as last week. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it to Auburn last Saturday though he is still expected to visit for A-Day. He did, however, show up in Atlanta in a big way. Tindall by far had the biggest breakout performance but Jibunor was not far behind. He earned DL MVP honors and made it to the OL/DL top 5. Both he and Tindall will see their rankings climb and their offer lists expand over the coming months.

2019 QB Bo Nix

Right now the debate over the future at QB after Stidham and White is centered around Woody Barrett, Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood. Honestly, the answer might be none of the above as in 2 seasons Auburn has a very good chance of signing the possible #1 QB in the 2019 class in Bo NIx. Nix is the son of Patrick Nix and Sunday despite the amount of big time QB talent, including 5* Ohio State commit Emory Jones, won QB MVP honors and looks like a lock for the Elite 11 competition next season. Everyone with a pulse is recruiting Nix but you have to think with parents that attended AU (one being a former starting QB at AU) and a sister there already the Tigers will be hard to beat for the big time 2019 QB. Seriously, watch his highlights and tell me he doesn’t have a shot at starting as a true freshman.

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