Malzahn's Tigers Hoping For Strong Finish

We take a look at Auburn's final targets for the 2014 football recruiting class.

Auburn, Ala.--It's almost time for prospects all over the country to put pen to paper and sign on the dotted line with the school of their choice. That means national signing day is once again upon us and for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers it will be the culmination of another very successful recruiting class.

How successful the class is won't be known until three or four years down the road, but in the short term how well the Tigers finish on Wednesday could take the class from very good to great in a hurry. With that in mind I take a look at some of the remaining targets and give my take on each.

Rashaan Evans--There's no question he's the biggest name still left on the board because of his ties to Auburn and his position. Recruited for the "star" in Auburn's defense and a player you can build a scheme around, Evans is looking at the Tigers, Alabama and UCLA as his final three. He plans to make his announcement on ESPNU at just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday. While the Bruins are still in the mix this one definitely looks like a two-team race. I think Auburn has a very good shot to land the five-star, but he's kept things close to the vest and that makes his announcement truly a guessing game.

Braden Smith

Braden Smith--If there is anyone who has said less during his recruitment than Braden Smith I don't know who it would be. The nation's top offensive guard is looking at Auburn, Texas A&M and TCU as his final three and will announce before 8 a.m. CST on ESPNU. With the loss of Greg Robinson at left tackle for the Tigers and signing a small offensive line class each of the last two years, I think Auburn has a good shot to land the massive lineman.

Andrew Williams--A player who has visited Auburn numerous times in the last year and developed a bond with many of the Tigers' commitments, Williams is down to Auburn, Clemson and Georgia for his final three. I think Auburn is in good shape with Williams heading down the stretch, but there is no question that the Bulldogs made a serious late push for him. Can one week make up for a full year of recruiting? That's the big question. I like Auburn's chances.

Andrew Williams is a senior at Eagles Landing Christian in McDonough, Ga.

Treon Harris--Talented and dynamic at the quarterback position, Harris is a player who can do a lot of different things on the football field. Committed to Florida State, Harris is looking at Auburn, Florida and Miami and wants a shot to play quarterback. Malzahn's offense is an intriguing one for Harris, but Florida's change to a hurry-up style could make the Gators the team to beat in the end.

Davon Godchaux--A longtime commitment to LSU, Godchaux visited Auburn and UCLA near the end of the process and is choosing between those three and Ole Miss at 10:30 a.m. While the home state Tigers still appear to be the team to beat, I think Auburn made an impact on Godchaux with his visit and they may have a slight shot to pull off a signing day shocker.

Lamont Simmons--Visited Auburn in December, but followed that up with a trip to USC in January. The Trojans are my pick for the defensive back from Jacksonville, Fla.

John Bonney--Took a visit to Auburn in January, but the longtime Texas commitment also tripped to Baylor later in the month. While each gave him something to think about in the end it looks like he'll remain a Longhorn.

Steven Parker--Expected to announce at noon on Tuesday between Auburn, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, Parker visited the Tigers on the last weekend but this one looks to be all Sooners.

Spencer Williams--Teammates with Auburn commitment Raashed Kennion, Williams visited for a pair of games during the year and also had an official visit in January. A longtime commitment to Cincinnati, Williams is expected to stick with the Bearcats with Auburn focusing on Andrew Williams for its last defensive end spot.


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