Auburn Hoping For Good Recruiting News

The Auburn football Tigers are waiting to hear from several talented prospects on Wednesday.

Wednesday is the first day of the early signing period for junior college early enrollees and what at one time looked like it could be a big day for the Auburn Tigers may not be after all. With Gus Malzahn’s program in the hunt for several big name players only one is a sure bet.

That one is long-time commitment Jason Smith, who is expected to sign with the Tigers again following a standout redshirt freshman season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Playing quarterback for the Bulldogs, Smith played in 10 games, completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,566 yards and 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also added 424 yards rushing and 10 scores on the ground for an offense that averaged 35.2 points per game this season.

Rated a four-star wide receiver by Scout.com, Smith will get a shot to play quarterback for the Tigers, but is athletic enough to make an impact at wide receiver if the move is made. He is expected to be on campus in January and will go through spring practice at Auburn.

A player who will choose between Auburn, Kentucky and Mississippi State early on Wednesday is defensive tackle Maurice Swain, also from Mississippi Gulf Coast. With Auburn losing four seniors at his position, Swain said there is a lot to like about the Tigers and Coach Rodney Garner.

“I have known Coach Garner for a long time,” Swain said. “I know he’s a good coach and could get me to the next level. Them losing so many guys is big because I know playing time is a must.”

Maurice Swain

Coming on strong has been the Mississippi State Bulldogs after Swain took a visit to Starkville. Talking about playing with MGCCC teammate Martinas Rankin on the next level, Swain said Coach Dan Mullen’s team is also one he likes.

“It’s kind of the same thing as Auburn,” Swain said. Coach (David) Turner offered me in high school. He has followed me through juco.”

Rounding out the trio is Kentucky. A program that has had a history of taking players out of Swain’s hometown of LaGrange, Ga., Kentucky is gaining steam in the SEC East under Coach Mark Stoops. Much like Auburn, the chance for early playing time with the Wildcats is a draw for Swain.

“They are one of the schools where I know I could play and stand out,” Swain said of the Wildcats.

Saying that his decision will come down to where he’s most comfortable, the big defensive tackle is expected to sign early Wednesday morning.

A former commitment to Auburn before flipping to Ole Miss, big-time cornerback Tony Bridges is expected to stick with the Rebels despite getting a strong push from Malzahn and new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp at the last minute. The same is true of five-star defensive end Marquavius Lewis from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Committed to South Carolina, he’s expected to stick with the Gamecocks.

Not a junior college prospect, but an early high school graduate, five-star wide receiver Christian Kirk from Scottsdale, Ariz., will also make his decision on Wednesday. Choosing between Auburn, Arizona State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and UCLA, Kirk took his official visit to Auburn to see the Tigers dominate LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn is in the hunt for the dynamic playmaker, but this one is up in the air with hometown Arizona State a strong contender. The same is true of Texas A&M with good friend Kyle Allen taking over the starting role for the Aggies this season at quarterback.

Christian Kirk is a talented wide receiver prospect capable of playing early


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