Signing day is fast approaching and Auburn’s coaching staff is racing to close on another possible top 10 class. Things were plenty busy on the trail this past weekend. One of Auburn’s most important targets left the Plains with the Tigers on top while another top target officially reopened his recruitment and a note on an important 2020 visitor.
Official Visit Recap
First off, I should note that 3* LB Christopher Russell ended up not making a visit to the Plains after-all. Things had been trending away from AU for some time in that recruitment and him not making it in on the visit effectively ends things between the Tigers and Russell. I should also add that it appears Auburn is no longer trying to make a push for 3* LB Dylan Jordan after he switched visit plans on the Tigers at the last minute this past week.
On the happier side of things, Auburn did land a commitment from Arizona State graduate transfer Jay Jay Wilson who is expected to play the H-Back position in Auburn’s offense. Now for a look at who did make the journey to the Plains.
Arguably the most intriguing visitor of the weekend, Plumlee took a surprise official visit to the Plains this past weekend and left with good feelings for the Tigers. Auburn told him they want to bring him in to compete at QB and Plumlee claimed he’s not scared of the fact Auburn already has signed probably the best QB in this class in 4* Bo Nix.
The Mississippi native still has two official visits left (Ole Miss and Florida State) before making his final decision. This appears to be turning into an AU/OM/MSST battle even thought he’s still committed to UGA. Personally, I just have a hard time seeing him come here with the young talent already on campus in that QB room and think the Rebels are the team to watch. But he’s definitely a name to track over these final days in this 2019 cycle.
Enjoyed Official Visit and Auburn!! pic.twitter.com/eg2dHaLl3b— John Rhys Plumlee (@PlumleeJohn) January 21, 2019
Not a lot of news came out about Cox’s official visit as he refused to do interviews with reporters. For much of his recruitment, the belief has been Auburn was in a strong spot to flip the big man despite his constant affirmations that he was all Vol. That buzz has picked back up after his OV. He will be in Oxford, MS this weekend and then a final decision should come. I’m pretty sure Auburn would love to have him this class regardless of what 4* DL Charles Moore decides to do.
The biggest news of the weekend, outside of Wilson’s commitment, was Henry announcing Auburn had jumped to #1 on his list. We all know that offensive tackle recruiting has been a struggle and with 3* Dawand Jones eliminating the Tigers last night, Henry is an absolute must have at the moment. The good news is he left the Plains with the Tigers on top. The bad news is he still has an official visit to his “dream school” in Florida State who can also sell plenty of early playing time. Can Auburn’s lead be beat? The Tigers better hope not or they might end up with only one tackle in this class after signing 0 last cycle.
Honestly stunned Brown isn’t on the commit list after this weekend but I still think that’s coming fairly soon. Interestingly, Brown spent most of this past weekend meeting with Kevin Steele and Travis Williams which means Auburn will give him a fair shot at linebacker before any talks of moving to H-Back.
The younger Brown had rising junior defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell as his player host, and he spent much of his time with linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who spoke to him about his potential role with the Tigers should he choose to sign with them on National Signing Day in a couple of weeks.
As of now, the coaches project Brown as a linebacker. He had 205 total tackles as a senior at Lanier, including 26 for a loss, six sacks, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
I fully expect Brown to be on board by this time next week.
Jamious Griffin Decommits
Some pretty big news came out late last night. Auburn RB target 4* Jamious Griffin announced he was no longer committed to North Carolina State.
Griffin visited the Plains last weekend and has recently become a major target for the Tigers. However, this change in his recruitment came after his visit to Georgia Tech where one of his older brothers already plays. The new Yellow Jacket staff has made him a top priority and my guess is they are probably the team to beat at the moment. However, Auburn is in this race and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him pick the Tigers come February 6th. It will be interesting to see if he takes any other official visits over these last two weeks.
Jammie Robinson Names Top 4
This wasn’t really a surprise but 3* DB Jammie Robinson went ahead and made things official yesterday and dropped his top 4.
I know Auburn was feeling VERY good about where they stood with the playmaker out of GA following his official visit but Tennessee appears to have made a big impression this past weekend. However, I still don’t think you can count out South Carolina just yet. Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson are two of the best at landing big time DBs.
Auburn seems to have set their sights on landing one of Robinson or 4* Maurice Hampton. Either one would be a huge addition to an already outstanding DB class. Robinson is not expected to take any more visits over the next two weeks.
2020 Name To Know
Finally, a quick note on future big time target. Auburn had a few top 2020 prospects on campus again this weekend in guys like 4* LB Cameron Riley, 4* OG Jonathan Denis and 3* S Jaiden Francois. But the big name to watch moving forward is 4* LB Phillip Webb.
Webb is high school teammates with likely AU signee Kameron Brown. He’s long held an Auburn offer and the Tigers are making a strong push to earn his signature. Webb told AuburnUndercover’s Keith Niebuhr, that right now Auburn and Clemson are the two teams that stand out. The better looking Tigers already have a very talented linebacker committed in the 2020 class in 4* Demouy Kennedy. Adding Webb would be an incredible pairing to follow up signing 5* Owen Pappoe this past December.