Still with around two dozen players on the board for the final spots, Auburn’s recruiting is far from the finish line. With that in mind we take a look at some of the guys still out there and the Tigers’ chances.
Defensive Line and Linebackers
Terry Beckner--One of the top defensive linemen in the country, Beckner has visited Auburn and Ohio State and is set to see Missouri this weekend. Building a strong bond with several players at the Under Armour All-American Game who are also considering the Tigers, Beckner has talked about early playing time and that is definitely available at Auburn. This one is too close to call with Auburn in the mix.
Byron Cowart--One of the keys to Auburn’s finish in 2015 is Cowart. A dominant defensive end who could help immediately as a pass rusher, Cowart has a strong bond with Will Muschamp and that could be just the thing to push the Tigers over Florida in the end.
CeCe Jefferson--Jefferson made a visit to Auburn the same weekend as Cowart and Beckner and loved everything about his first look at the Tigers since his freshman season. Very close with Muschamp as well as new linebacker coach Lance Thompson, Jefferson is giving the Tigers a long look, but with Ole Miss and Alabama in the mix along with the Florida Gators, Jefferson’s final decision is anyone’s guess.
Arden Key--You have to like Auburn’s chances at landing Key if he follows through with his plans to visit this coming weekend. Having already decommitted from South Carolina on two different occasions, Key built a strong relationship with Cowart and Jeff Holland while at the Under Armour Game. That could pay off on signing day for the Tigers, but LSU is also in the mix for the pass rusher.
Trenton Thompson--He gave Auburn another look recently and has a long relationship with defensive line coach Rodney Garner. That’s enough to keep the Tigers in the hunt, but Thompson is still a strong bet to sign with Georgia.
Prince Tega Wanogho Jr.--One of the most intriguing prospects left on the board, Tega has all the tools to be a monster on the next level. Currently recovering from a broken leg suffered in a basketball game, he has already visited LSU and plans to be in Auburn this weekend with a trip to Alabama also a possibility down the road. There is a good chance his recruiting could go past signing day, but Auburn could be the team to beat.
Prince Tega Wanogho Jr.
Jeff Holland--Another player Auburn is in good shape with is Holland. A physical linebacker from Jacksonville, Fla., he has a strong relationship with Muschamp, Garner and Travaris Robinson. While Florida and Ole Miss are definitely in the picture, this one looks to be trending towards the Tigers as signing day gets closer.
Carlton Davis--The Ohio State commitment visited Auburn last weekend and the Tigers could be in the mix with him come signing day. Long and athletic, he fits the mold of what Muschamp and company are looking for on the defensive side of the ball. Auburn definitely is in the picture here.
Davante Davis--Currently a Texas commitment, Davis is close friends with early enrollee Tim Irvin and if he follows through with his visit to Auburn this weekend things could get very interesting. A player Robinson has recruited for several years, Davis getting a look at the Tigers with Irvin on campus could be big.
Javaris Davis--There is no question that Davis enjoyed his visit to Auburn two weeks ago and the Tigers are considered a real threat to land the four-star defensive back. With Florida, Georgia, Louisville and North Carolina all still in the mix, Davis would be another big addition to Auburn’s defensive efforts.
Sheldrick Redwine--While Auburn made a real push with Redwine on his official visit, he remains committed to the Louisville Cardinals after his trip last weekend, but the Tigers are neck-and-neck heading down the home stretch. He plans to visit Texas this weekend, but the Longhorns have some ground to make up.
Ryan Davis--A dynamic wide receiver prospect out of St. Petersburg, Fla., Davis visited Auburn two weeks ago and last week make a trip to see the in-state Florida Gators. With Michigan fighting for a visit the Wolverines could be in the picture, but the Gators could be the team to beat with Auburn right there in the mix.
Torrance Gibson--Still committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Gibson visited Auburn and there is no question the Tigers are in the mix. The same could be said for LSU as well with the Bengal Tigers trying to make a late run. At this point in the game it would be an upset if he wound up anywhere but Columbus.
Terry Godwin--Even though Godwin made return trips to both Auburn and Alabama the last two weeks, it still appears that the talented receiver is likely to sign with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Martez Ivey--There may be no recruiting battle left anywhere in the country that is more up in the air than Ivey’s. With Auburn and Florida his favorites since early last summer, the talented five-star linemen has kept things very close to the vest. It’s anybody’s call at this point with good friend Chandler Cox already being at Auburn the ace in the hole for the Tigers. That still may not be enough to lure Ivey from the home state Gators in the end however.
Camion Patrick--The physical junior college receiver visited Auburn last week and has the Tigers high on his list along with Louisville. With an offer from Indiana as well, the Tennessee native could be one to watch for the Tigers as signing day gets closer.
Devante Peete--A physical wide receiver/tight end prospect out of one of the top programs in Florida at St. Thomas Aquinas, the 6-5 Peete visited Louisville last weekend and has interest from several other top programs. With Auburn looking for another big body at wide receiver he could be just the guy.
Dominique Reed--One of the top junior college wide receivers in the country, Reed is a dynamic playmaker who could step in and give the Tigers the deep threat they’ll be missing with the loss of Sammie Coates. With Texas, Arizona State and Arkansas his current top three, the Arkansas native could see a change after his trip to the Plains this weekend.
Darius Slayton--Visiting Auburn last weekend the Georgia commitment has been a frequent visitor to see the Tigers and has a good relationship with Dameyune Craig and the staff. While the Bulldogs are still the team to beat, there is no question Auburn has given the speedster something to think about.
Chidi Valentine-Okeke--It appeared the big offensive tackle was going to end his recruiting on Monday, but a change of heart means another week of thinking for the Top 100 prospect. With Auburn and Alabama the leaders and LSU still trying to make a late run, Valentine-Okeke is definitely one of the stories to watch leading up to signing day. Auburn is still in good shape in this race with good friend Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. expected to visit the Tigers this weekend. The four-star recruit said he will make his choice on Monday.
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