Updates On Auburn's Football Recruits

We update Auburn's commitment list with the Tigers searching for a head coach to replace Gene Chizik.

Auburn, Ala.--With the Auburn football team in a transition period searching for a new head coach after Gene Chizik and his assistants were fired on Sunday, here are updates on prospects who had committed to the Tigers and the former AU coaching staff.

Cameron Artis-Payne-The junior college running back said that he is still committed to Auburn, but the sooner the new coach is named the better the Tigers' chances are of holding on to the record-setting runner from Allan Hancock College in California. Planning to sign in December as an early enrollee, Artis-Payne ran for school single-season record of 2,048 yards and scored a school-record 25 touchdowns in 2012.

Tashawn Bower-Rutgers, South Carolina, LSU and Florida are all showing interest in the four-star defensive end, but he remains committed to the Auburn Tigers at the moment. He said he plans to wait and see what coach is hired and how things play out before moving forward with his recruiting.

Daniel Carlson-One of the nation's top kickers, Carlson said he's still committed to the Tigers, but wants to see how everything plays out before deciding what is best for his future.

Jarrad Davis-With his Camden County team still rolling along in the Georgia state playoffs, playing in the third round against Norcross this weekend following a 34-14 pasting of East Coweta last Friday night, Davis remains committed to Auburn, but wants to wait and see who the new coach is and how they get along before doing anything else with his recruiting.

Reuben Foster-The nation's number one rated linebacker recruit, Foster has been the pied piper for Auburn's recruiting efforts this season since making the switch from Alabama. Still a verbal commitment to Auburn, Foster plans to see who the new coach is and get a feel for his staff before moving forward with his recruiting. He visited Georgia last weekend along with good friend Tray Matthews.

Jimmy Hutchinson-Auburn's punter commitment remains solid to the Tigers, but like most of the class is waiting to see how things play out with a new coach and staff.

Jahmere Irvin-Sills-The defensive back put himself "basically back on the market" following the dismissal of Gene Chizik by Auburn. Irvin-Sills said he plans to visit West Virginia, Ole Miss and wants to get back to Auburn as well before making a final decision. His team, Eastern Christian Academy, wasn't sanctioned by Maryland's high school athletic association so its 2012 season was cancelled.

A.J. Jackson-Perhaps the most likely guy to fall by the wayside if the search drags out, the tight end prospect is looking strongly at Florida State and has shaky with his commitment to Auburn for several weeks prior to the coaching change. Ole Miss could also move in the picture for Jackson down the stretch.

Jeremy Johnson-Playing this Friday night in the Alabama Class 6A semi-finals against Opelika High, quarterback Jeremy Johnson is having a huge season for the Wolverines. According to his coach, Billy Gresham, Johnson is focusing on his season and will re-visit recruiting once the year is complete. He does remain committed to Auburn at this time.

Jeremy Johnson

Lemond Johnson-Solid to the Tigers since his decision, the safety prospect is playing the waiting game as well. With Boston College, South Florida and Vanderbilt all in the picture before his decision, Johnson is holding steady with the Tigers at the moment.

Trey Johnson-A longtime commitment to the Tigers, Johnson began to waiver after Ted Roof was let go and headed for Penn State and that only continued as Auburn's struggles mounted in 2012. Officially de-committing on Monday, Johnson has already visited Ohio State and plans to visit Florida, Penn State and will likely save his last visit for Auburn.

Carl Lawson-One of the key members of a stellar defensive recruiting class, Lawson remains committed to Auburn, but is getting plenty of attention from all over the country. Last week he visited Clemson and the ACC team could be making progress with him along with Ole Miss. He plans to hold off on his recruiting to see how things shake out on the Plains before moving forward. He finished his senior year with 26 sacks and 36 tackles for a loss.

Dee Liner-The five-star defensive lineman has his team on the verge of playing for the Class 5A state championship in Jordan-Hare Stadium next week. First 13-0 Muscle Shoals must get by 13-0 McAdory this week on the road. Liner remains committed to the Tigers, but will re-visit recruiting once his season is complete.

Kamryn Melton-A solid commitment to the Tigers, Melton said his is strongly sticking with Auburn. He said he may take some visits, however, with Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State possibilities. He finished his senior year with 64 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Earnest Robinson-Solidly committed to Auburn, Robinson had a good senior year for the Indians who made a strong run in the playoffs before losing a heartbreaker to Muscle Shoals last week. He continues to get attention from Alabama, Mississippi State and others. Robinson another player who is waiting to see what coach is hired before making any additional decisions on recruiting.

Jason Smith—The McGill-Toolen star remains committed to the Tigers and plans to wait until a new staff is hired before making any further decisions on his recruiting. With Michigan showing interest and colleges such as Alabama and LSU also expected to contact him, the sooner the decision is made the better for Auburn. For his season Smith completed 110-169 passes for 1,556 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also added 867 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground on 88 carries.

Jason Smith

Cameron Toney-Solidly committed to the Auburn Tigers, Toney helped Huntsville High to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs this season. He finished his senior season with 110 tackles, six sacks, and two interceptions.

Jordan Wilkins-The Auburn running back commitment was injured during the season and had surgery to repair a broken bone in his leg as well as ligament damage. Still committed to the Tigers, Wilkins has been in contact with Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Jaquay Williams--The wide receiver from Sandy Creek High in Georgia signed with the Tigers in February, but had to attend prep school this fall for academic reasons. He decommitted from the Tigers and is expected to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. Williams is planning on enrolling in a college in January.


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