Last week was a busy week for edit makers. A number of Auburn’s top targets announced top lists of varying sizes. With no end in sight for the current dead period, top prospects from around the country are attempting to limit their number of suitors in an effort to reduce the amount of calls, texts, Facetimes, Zooms, Twitter DMs and any other method of electronic communication being used today by recruiting departments. Luckily for Auburn, its name showed up quite a bit on these lists last week.
Top List Recap
When discussing Auburn’s top Buck targets I have mostly written about 4-star Jeremiah Williams and 4-star Dylan Brooks. The two instate pass rushers are and continue to be top targets for the Tigers but there’s another name to keep a close eye on moving forward.
4-star Keanu Koht was reportedly close to announcing a commitment to LSU before electing to delay that decision. That has reopened the door for a number of top schools including Auburn.
BREAKING: Vero Beach (Fla.) 2021 DE Keanu Koht (@KeanuKoht) reveals his Top 4 schools: #Auburn #Florida #LSU & #Oregon: @VBFootball @VBHSNation @Keith247Sports @Blake_Alderman @BillyEmbody @Sheadixon @KwadeSays @MattPrehm. Story via @JonSantucci https://t.co/QSaWOHpG7R— HSSportsFlorida (@HSSportsFL) June 4, 2020
Coming off a productive junior campaign, Koht has become a top pass rushing target for many top programs. I am unsure if he’s made it to Auburn’s campus in the past but in today’s wild world of recruiting that doesn’t seem to matter all that much. LSU is likely still the team to beat but Auburn should continue to be a factor moving forward. It sounds like Koht wants to wait to take some official visits before making a decision.
Jeremiah Williams though remains Auburn’s top Buck target and he also announced a top group last week.
Auburn joined Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma in his final 6. This is still likely an instate battle between the Tigers and Tide with both sides feeling confident in their chances. There had been some buzz that Williams could have a decision this summer but he told 247sports’s Steve Wiltfong that he will announce on Early Signing Day in December after taking his official visits. I think Auburn is the team to beat heading into the fall.
Most of the focus on Auburn’s linebacker recruiting has understandably been on 5-star Smael Mondon. But he’s not the only 5-star Travis Williams is after.
5-star Xavian Sorey announced an all SEC top 5 of Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and LSU last week. It feels like Auburn is sitting 4th at best on this list but there’s still time to make a push. After last year’s loaded linebacker class and only two seniors on the roster this year, Auburn might only take one backer this year so T-WILL is swinging for the fences.
Probably the most interesting list from last week belonged to 4-star TE Michael Trigg.
There’s a team suspiciously absent from that graphic. Florida State had been viewed as the top team for the nation’s 5th ranked tight end. But he reportedly reacted negatively to last week’s drama between FSU’s star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and head coach Mike Norvell. Despite their absence, I would still view FSU as a threat as I suspect any concerns about that incident will quickly be remedied in the near future by the Noles staff.
But Auburn might currently be the team to beat in this race. He named Auburn and LSU as the two programs that stood out. Considering Auburn is the favorite to land 3-star Landen King, would they seriously take ANOTHER tight end? They would if that tight end is someone as talented as Trigg. He’s one of the best athletes in this class and if he wants onboard, you take him.
Finally, a wide receiver target I haven’t written much about announced a top 10 last week that included Auburn. 4-star Deion Colzie is the top WR in the state of GA and is apparently considering the Tigers.
Top 10— Deion Colzie (@almightydeion_) June 7, 2020
Thank you lord for putting me in this position... pic.twitter.com/50SyMQi1Ex
Colzie is a former Notre Dame commit who seems to be trending to the Dawgs. I am not sure how strongly Auburn is being considered by Colzie. The consensus appears to be he’s an UGA lock but if he Auburn can host him on an official visit this fall maybe they can make things interesting.
WR Target Decommits
Unsurprisingly, Dematrius Davis’s buddy and former fellow Virginia Tech commit 3-star Latrell Neville backed off his Hokie pledge this weekend.
A month or so ago it looked like Auburn had a good shot to flip both Davis and Neville. However, it seems unlikely at this point Neville lands in the class. The Tigers like him but with limited spots at WR and possibly trending towards landing 4-star Christian Leary, I am not sure Auburn would accept his pledge at this time. Now that could change at any moment, especially if Neville were to have a strong senior campaign. Nebraska looks to be the team currently trending.
Linebacker Target Sets Commit Date
Auburn is chasing some pretty big fish at linebacker this cycle in Smael Mondon, Xavian Sorey and Barrett Carter. Another name to monitor is 4-star Jamon Dumas-Johnson. The Tigers only offered in March but immediately became a factor. Over the weekend, Johnson announced via Twitter he plans to commit next month.
Committing on July 8 STAY TUNED ‼️— Jamon DJ (@ONLY1JAMON) June 7, 2020
I am unsure where Johnson is on Auburn’s board and where Auburn might be on his list. Maryland and Florida look to be the likely two leaders but the Tigers are a darkhorse to pay attention to especially if they were to miss out on Mondon this month. Right now there are zero Crystal Ball picks or Future Cast predictions for the Maryland native so things appear pretty wide open for the nation’s 14th ranked OLB.