July was a dry month for the Tigers on the recruiting trail. However, Auburn fans didn’t have to wait long in the month of August to hear a boom.
This afternoon, 3-star DE Tobechi Okoli announced on social media he will be an Auburn Tiger.
"Praise be to God" pic.twitter.com/sxmBjV7dPd— Tobechi Okoli (@OkoliTobechi) August 1, 2020
I included Okoli in my class projection in early June. There hadn’t been a ton of buzz on this kid publicly but I was under the impression Rodney Garner was extremely high on the young man and if the Tigers made a push they could land him.
File this name away. Auburn is chasing some higher ranked talent in the likes of Leonard Taylor, Shambre Jackson, Dylan Brooks and Keanu Koht but the Tigers also really like Okoli. Auburn only offered in May but immediately made his top group. Nebraska looks to be the team to beat at the moment but don’t sleep on Auburn’s chances in this race.
Okoli’s offer list included the likes of Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Upside is the first word that comes to mind when evaluating Okoli. The Missouri native played his first year of football just two seasons ago. Last year was the first time he played 11 man football. Despite his relative inexperience, Okoli oozes big time athletic talent. Listed at 6’5” 250 lbs, his future is likely at strong side end with a chance to even grow into an interior player. He still has plenty to learn about the position specifically in terms of pad level and pass rush technique but he’s someone that with a couple of seasons of grooming under Garner has a chance to be a major impact player for the Tigers.
Okoli’s commitment snaps a month long drought for the Tigers. I was expecting some commits this month for Auburn though Okoli’s decision came as a bit of a surprise. He’s Auburn’s fourth defensive commit to date, second on the defensive line. Chances are good though he won’t be the only one to join the class this month with top Auburn targets like 4-star Buck Jeremiah Williams and 4-star DT Marquis Robinson possibly having decisions soon.
It could be a big month on the trail for the Tigers.