Life is good for Auburn athletics right now. The men’s basketball team is heading to Nashville with a ton of momentum while the women look set to make the NCAA tournament. Baseball and softball are a combined 36-6 as they prepare for conference play. Auburn equestrian is still the nation’s best. So stay locked in on all that goodness because there isn’t a ton of happy things to report right now on the Auburn football recruiting trail...
Demouy Kennedy Decommits
Auburn’s 2020 recruiting cycle has gotten off to a rocky start. News broke Saturday afternoon shortly after Auburn’s triumph on the hardwood that 4* LB Demouy Kennedy no longer considered himself committed to the Tigers.
4-star recruit no longer considers himself an #Auburn commit. https://t.co/TeNQ1uQmyV pic.twitter.com/zJKeXahmt3— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) March 9, 2019
Kennedy becomes the 4th decommit of the 2020 class which matches the amount Auburn had in all of the 2019 cycle. It also matches the career high for decommits under Gus Malzahn. Needless to say, that’s less than ideal.
This is a big blow. Kennedy is the #109 prospect in the country per 247 Composite and has a chance to challenge for top 50 status before this cycle is over. Between him, 4* Buck Quandarrius Robinson and 4* DL Andy Boykin, the Tigers have dealt with some pretty impactful decommits this early in the cycle.
Fortunately, Auburn sits in a good spot for a number of prospects at the linebacker position. 4* Cameron Riley, 3* Desmond Tidsol, 3* Rodney Groce and 3* Tyus Wheat all have named Auburn their leader at some point. The Tigers are also in the top group for 4* Phillip Webb and 4* Trenton Simpson. Then there’s the intriguing recruitments of 5* Justin Flowe and 4* Jayion McCluster. Put simply, Auburn will more than likely be fine come signing day. Still, it always stinks to see talented prospects go elsewhere. Auburn will continue to pursue Kennedy but as of now LSU is probably the team to watch.
Top OL Targets Heading Elsewhere
To continue the bad news, it looks like two of Auburn’s top OL targets are headed to Auburn without a lake but with a more recent national championship trophy. Last night, 4* Mitchell Mayes announced his verbal pledge to Clemson.
I am Mitchell Mayes and ...— Mitchell Mayes (@_7msm_2) March 11, 2019
I am a Clemson Tiger #WE2DEEP20 #ALLIN
All Praises to the Man Above pic.twitter.com/BIKhqJssXy
I honestly felt like Auburn had taken the lead for Mayes after his recent visit but that proved false. Dabo has recruited extremely well in his time at Clemson but is poised to assemble possibly his best class ever this cycle which is a tad frightening.
A big reason why that looks to be happening is Mayes is probably not the only top OL target they land this week. Thursday, 4* Bryn Tucker appears set to make his decision and Clemson is the overwhelming favorite. Both Mayes and Tucker were guys high on Auburn’s board so it stinks to miss out this early in the cycle. Auburn has spread a wider net this go around hunting for offensive line talent, hopefully it pays off better down the road.
Graduate Transfer To Visit Again
So I do have some happy news to discuss in this update. Auburn appears close to landing a replacement for Darius Slayton in the near future. Former Arkansas wideout La’Michael Pettway is set to visit the Plains a 2nd time per AuburnUndercover’s Keith Niebuhr.
Some fairly big #Auburn recruiting news: #Arkansas grad transfer WR sets 2nd AU visit (VIP) https://t.co/9QHXjYnZXS pic.twitter.com/C4NUe1oJye— Keith Niebuhr (@Keith247Sports) March 10, 2019
Pettway visited back in January and it felt like Auburn might have positioned themselves as the team to beat. However, keep an eye on Oklahoma State. Pettway will also make another trip to Cowpoke country before making his final decision. Unless he also stops by Iowa, it feels safe saying this decision will come down to Auburn vs Oklahoma State. I still think the Tigers end up being the pick.
Can confirm @yaaapettway with be in Stillwater on Monday.— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) March 10, 2019
6’2 WR looking for a new Home. #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/5QalmIIrbn