One Week Out: AU Recruiting, Who's Left

With football's national signing day almost here the Auburn Tigers are focusing on a select group of prospects to finish their 2014 class.

Auburn, ala.--With just a week remaining until national signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 5 the Auburn Tigers currently sit at 20 commitments with the possibility of adding three to five more to close out the 2014 class.

Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff have been working since last year to secure another Top 10 class and they are moving in that direction as things head down the stretch.

Hoping to finish strong at several positions, the Tigers are in the hunt with more than 10 players, including a pair of five-star prospects rated number one in the country at their positions. The following is a look at some of the names still on the board for Auburn.

Rated the nation's number one outside linebacker and a five-star prospect, Rashaan Evans visited Auburn last weekend and has a final three of the Tigers, Alabama and UCLA.

Growing up in Auburn, Evans is being recruited to play the "star'"position in Coach Ellis Johnson's defense and got a feel for how he would be used by the Tigers last weekend on his official visit. Canceling a planned return trip to Los Angeles to see UCLA on an unofficial visit this weekend, Evans plans to announce his decision on signing day, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him pull the trigger before that if he feels comfortable with his choice.

A visitor to Auburn two weeks ago and to Texas A&M this past weekend, massive Braden Smith is considered the nation's top guard prospect according to Scout.com, but is expected to get his first shot at tackle if he signs with the Tigers. Also considering TCU where he is scheduled to visit this weeknd and Texas A&M, where he visited last weekend, the 6-6, 285 Smith has more than 50 offers. He's expected to announce his decision on signing day as well.

Braden Smith is the top prospect from the state of Kansas.

Another player expected to make his choice on signing day is four-star defensive end Andrew Williams from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga. Unless he has a late addition to his list, he down to Auburn and Clemson after taking visits to both groups of Tigers the last two weekends, Williams is rated the number 32 player at his position in the country.

Andrew Williams was a key player on a strong team this past season.

Committed to LSU, four-star defensive end Davon Godchaux visited Auburn two weeks ago and came away impressed by everything he saw from Malzahn's program. Taking a trip to Baton Rouge last weekend Godchaux is going to be tough to pull from Les Miles and company, but there is no question Auburn made an impact on his visit so they're in the hunt.

Taking his visit to Auburn in December, rangy defensive back Lamont Simmons was a commitment to Rutgers during the year before backing off that decision and opening up his recruiting. Getting offers from several top programs, including USC, Penn State and Georgia Tech, Simmons visited the Trojans last weekend and they could be the biggest competition for Auburn at the moment.

While Auburn isn't in the market for a second quarterback in the 2014 class with Sean White already on board, talented athlete Treon Harris made a visit to the Plains last weekend and could be a good fit in Malzahn's offense with his combination of speed and the ability to make plays in and out of the pocket. Currently committed to Florida State, Harris is rated a four-star cornerback by Scout.com. He plans to visit Miami this weekend and is also considering Florida.

Treon Harris led his team to an unbeaten 2013 season.

Another four-star prospect who visited Auburn two weeks ago, speedy defensive back John Bonney has been a longtime commitment to the Texas Longhorns and it may be tough for the Tigers to pull him out of the Houston area, but getting a visit puts Auburn in the hunt for the 6-1 defensive back that could challenge for immediate playing time at one of the safety positions. Baylor is another school that looks to be in the mix.

Currently committed to Cincinnati, speedy defensive end Spencer Williams is a teammate of Auburn commitment Raashed Kennion in Jacksonville, Fla., and took an official visit to check out the Tigers in December. Also in town for a summer camp and two games during the fall, Williams could be a guy the Tigers try to make a late push with if they're looking for another defensive lineman in 2014.

A wildcard for the class could be four-star wide receiver and South Carolina commitment Shaquille Davidson. Visiting Auburn last weekend and also on campus for Big Cat Weekend last spring, Davidson has been mum on his recruiting as signing day closes in, but the Tigers could make things interesting if they come after him strong down the stretch.

As always there could be a new name pop up on the radar between now and next Wednesday, but with just a few spots left Auburn looks to be in good shape to finish out the 2014 signing class in style.


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