Friday Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook

Looking at Auburn's recruiting efforts as the Tigers head into the Christmas holidays.

Auburn, Ala.--With the four junior college mid-year signees (D'haquille Williams, Derrick Moncrief, Xavier Dampeer, Davonte Lambert) on board along with high school commitments Stanton Truitt and Chris Laye, Auburn now has 20 spots filled for the 2014 recruiting class.

Because of the 85 scholarship limitation the Tigers are expected to sign somewhere between 23-25 in this year's class. That number could change, however, depending on what guys like Tre Mason and Greg Robinson do following Auburn's BCS National Championship Game against Florida State. If several players decide to turn pro the number could increase to 26 or 27 by the time things are done in February.

A prospect who was in the picture as a possible signee and early enrollee for the Tigers is tight end Jordan Prestwood, but because he has been to four different schools the last three years it has caused him to need another semester in junior college before he will eligible to transfer. Prestwood is a player Auburn may take a look at in this class, but it won't be until after the championship game before that happens.

Another player at the tight end position who may be more of a possibility is former Auburn player Ricky Parks. Dismissed from the team in August for a violation of team rules, Parks transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College this fall after redshirting his first year at Auburn. While he hasn't been re-offered by the Tigers, there is a chance he could return next semester even if that doesn't happen. Parks could walk on and try to earn a scholarship next season. That is still to be determined.

With limited room left in this class Auburn is focused on shoring up spots on the defensive side of the ball beginning with Rashaan Evans at the "star" position. A difference-maker, Evans earned MVP honors at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and will be heading to play in the Under Armour All-American Game next week with Auburn commitments Tre Williams, Stephen Roberts, Kalvaraz Bessent, Racean Thomas and Sean White. That should only help Auburn's chances after a week being around those guys for practices in Orlando and the game in St. Petersburg.

Up front Rodney Garner is looking to continue to stock up on the talent with three guys still very much in the picture for the Tigers. Four-star defensive tackle Dontavius Russell from Carrollton, Ga., High is definitely giving Auburn a long look after backing off his commitment to Georgia.

Fellow four-star defensive end Andrew Williams from McDonough, Ga., is also looking at the Tigers, but is getting a heavy push from several schools including Notre Dame. On Thursday the Fighting Irish sent Williams more than 300 pieces of mail on the same day.

Another possibility on the defensive line is speedy end Spencer Williams. He visited Auburn last weekend and could be the edge rusher the Tigers are looking for in their 2014 signee class.

Already with a solid group in the secondary, a player who may be climbing up the chart for the Tigers is 6-3 Lamont Simmons. With the skills to play cornerback and the size to be a rangy safety, Simmons was committed to Rutgers before backing off that decision. He holds offers from several top schools including Penn State and USC.

A player who is still worth keeping an eye on is Demetrius Kemp from Demopolis. Currently committed to Wake Forest as a safety, Kemp is someone the Tigers have kept in contact with and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a late offer if there is a spot open in this year's class. He caught a pair of touchdown passes in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game last weekend and is a good athlete who really knows how to play football.

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