I will be honest, recruiting has been pretty boring recently for Auburn. That shouldn’t really be a surprise. When football season arrives, recruiting tends to take a back seat for both coaching staffs and recruits as both focus on their seasons. That’s not to say it’s completely ignored. Coaches are on the road pretty much every week to see top recruits in action and recruits are on the road pretty much every weekend to check out their top schools in person. There aren’t a lot of commitments during the season as many kids want to wait until the season is over and they have taken all their official visits before publicly announcing.
There are always exceptions. This week, right before the FBI bomb dropped on college basketball, 4* DT Coynis Miller announced he plans on committing on October 14th.
This is a big domino about to fall. Auburn wants two defensive tackles in this class and already have one on board in 3* Daquan Newkirk. There is not any fuzziness or confusion around who they want for that second spot. It’s Miller. It’s always been Miller. Auburn was the first Power 5 school to offer the talented defensive lineman and his second D1 offer. The staff has made plenty of trips to Jackson-Olin over the past few seasons to visit not only 2017 signee 4* LB Tadarian Moultry but to also recruit Miller. He’s a dude with incredible potential and three of the top SEC programs in the country are all hard after his signature.
So who does he pick? It’s hard to say right now. Early on in his recruitment, Auburn was the clear leader. Then Alabama jumped into the fray and I personally thought he would end up with the Tide. Then this summer, the Tigers started trending with rumors AU might land him in August. But then he took a trip to Gainesville right before the dead period and decided to postpone his commitment. Recently, he named the Gators his #1 team with AU a close second but he’s made multiple trips to Tuscaloosa to start the season (including this weekend for the Bama/Ole Miss game). Auburn’s insiders have Crystal Ball picks in for Auburn while one Alabama insider has one for the Tide. No picks from any meaningful Florida insiders or national analysts.
So I have no idea...
For now, I am hopeful he ends up picking the Tigers. He’s very close with Rodney Garner, his mom is an Auburn fan and his former teammate Tadarian Moultry is on campus. He’s also good friends with Auburn commit 4* RB Asa Martin who still thinks Miller ends up donning the orange and blue with him next season. That along with a clear opportunity to play early should have Auburn fans feeling hopeful. However, his last visit to Auburn was for the Georgia Southern game and it’s unclear when he will visit again. I think if he visits the Plains next weekend then he picks Auburn. If he instead chooses to go to the Florida/LSU game, then it will be a hard time being optimistic a recruit will commit to a school he hasn’t visited in a month after visiting the other finalists multiple times.
Missing on Miller would be a huge blow. Auburn has not really pursued other defensive tackles very hard because they have had their minds set on Miller. Like Marlon Davidson, Nick Coe and Byron Cowart, he’s a guy that can play both inside and outside at the next level. Landing Miller would be a huge win for Rodney Garner and would be a huge boost for this recruiting class.
Two Explosive Performances
Last night, one Auburn commit and one top Auburn target put on incredible shows.
Chaminade RB Shivers with an insane display of speed and toughness. 8 rushes for 238 yds 4 tds in one half. 3A Chaminade 52 8A Piper 0 pic.twitter.com/6M10osfTUJ— Jay Jancosko (@tulane17) September 29, 2017
You read those numbers right. Longtime Auburn commit turned top recruiter, 3* RB Shaun Shivers, put up video game stats in a 52-0 blowout last night. He averaged just shy of 30 yards per carry and scored a TD every other time he touched the ball. That’s insane no matter the competition. Shivers will bring an explosive element to Auburn’s backfield that the Tigers have sorely been lacking this year. He’s got enough muscle and wiggle to be a threat between the tackles but will no doubt do much of his damage burning defenses on the outside. Adding him and 4* RB Asa Martin to Auburn’s backfield next season should have Tiger fans excited about the future.
As for 4* Seth Williams, he continues to put up jaw dropping numbers this fall. The 6’3” 212 lb wideout is making a strong case to challenge 4* Justyn Ross’s spot as the top WR in the state. As crazy as it sounds, Auburn appears to be in really good shape with a top WR recruit playing for a school named after Paul Bryant. The Tide seem focused on recruits outside the state which has allowed Auburn to make a really big push and possibly build a lead for the talented pass catcher. Kodi Burns was at the game last night to see the performance in person and I imagine he’s working hard on getting Williams back on campus soon. The Tigers have a chance at signing an elite WR class this season with 4* Matthew Hill and 3* Shedrick Jackson already on board. Add Williams to that group and it’s hard to ask for a better WR class.
Auburn vs Mississippi State Visitor List
The Tigers will welcome a large contingent of 2018, 2019 and even 2020 prospects to the Plains Saturday for their home SEC opener. Some familiar and new names are on the list. All credit to Benjamin Wolk over at SECCountry who compiled the majority of this list:
- 4* WR Justyn Ross
- 4* WR Matthew Hill (Auburn Commit)
- 4* RB Asa Martin (Auburn Commit)
- 4* OG Tank Jenkins
- 3* DL Jamarcus Chatman (Tennessee Commit)
- 3* S Jamien Sherwood (Auburn Commit)
- 3* OG Jalil Irvin (Auburn Commit)
- 3* DT Daquan Newkirk (Auburn Commit)
- 3* WR Shedrick Jackson (Auburn Commit)
- 3* TE Tyneil Hopper
- 3* S Kolbi Fuqua (Auburn Commit)
- 3* CB JaKorey Hawkins
- 3* CB Keith Washington (Michigan Transfer)
- 3* TE Michael Parker
- 3* ATH Josh Marsh (Auburn Commit)
- 2019 4* WR George Pickens
- 2019 4* CB Tyron Hopper
- 2019 4* LB Ja’Len Sims
- 2019 3* OT Brandon Cunningham (Miami Commit)
- 2019 3* OT Carter Colquitt
- 2019 3* CB Jalen Alexander
- 2019 3* CB Jaydon Hill
- 2019 3* DT Patrick Lucas
- 2019 3* C Louis Paul Smith
- 2019 CB Rhasaan Christian
- 2019 ATH Javonni Cunningham
- 2019 RB Calvon Harris
- 2019 OT Adrian Medley
- 2019 ATH CJ Yarbrough
- 2019 Marcus Crowley
- 2020 5* WR Kobe Hudson
- 2020 DE Andy Boykin
- 2020 ATH Jecoryan Davis-Hamilton
The last time Justyn Ross saw this Auburn offense in person they were giving up 11 sacks and only compiling 117 yds. Hopefully, round two shows a much improved offensive attack. Kodi Burns is expected to see Ross in person tonight. Clemson is considered the team trending right now but you can never count out Auburn or Alabama when it comes to top instate talent.
Two of Auburn’s top tight end targets will be on campus which is interesting. Tyneil Hopper was one of the first names that jumped to the top of the board when Larry Porter was hired but there hasn’t been a ton of noise between Hopper and AU for some time now. Parker, on the other hand, blew the coaching staff away this summer earning an offer. However, he’s got two brothers already playing for the Crimson Tide so if Nick Saban ever decides to offer the Hunstville native it might be difficult for him to say no. At this time, I am not sure who would be preferred over the other. It could be a first come, first serve type of deal. Both probably want to see some catches from tight ends though before jumping on board.
Finally, there are two very interesting names on this list. Jamarcus Chatman is a one time LSU commit now Tennessee verbal who plays on a loaded Rome team. He’s teammates with one of Auburn’s top Buck targets, 4* Adam Anderson. In his own right, he’s an outstanding defensive lineman who could play end or tackle at the next level. He has the frame Garner loves and I would not be surprised if he landed an offer soon. If the Tigers don’t think they are going to get Andres Fox they might try and flip Chatman. That could help them with Anderson as well.
The other name to keep an eye on is Keith Washington. The former Michigan Wolverine is a Prattville native who decided to transfer before the season. Auburn is still in the market for a cornerback and are evaluating a number of JUCO DBs. Could Washington be Auburn’s answer? It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.