AU Recruiting: Most Important Players Left

A look at some of the most important recruits left on the board for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Over the weekend the Auburn Tigers played host to a select group of official visitors and included in that group were Clemson commitments Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud. A four-star prospect rated the No. 7 wide receiver in the country, Cain is a physical player who has the speed to stretch the field.

Deon Cain has developed into a first-rate wide receiver after playing quarterback for much of his high school career

The same is true of McCloud. Also a four-star wide receiver, he is a dynamic playmaker who was known as more of a running back early in his recruiting. Rated the No. 15 wide receiver in the nation, McCloud had offers from all over until choosing Clemson.

Both are players who could be a big help at a position of need for the Tigers. With Coach Gus Malzahn looking for someone to stretch the field in the place of the departed Sammie Coates, Cain and McCloud are two of the guys Auburn is targeting for that role in the 2015 class, but they are far from the only ones.

Another pair of commitments Auburn is looking at to help shore up the wide receiver position, this twosome to the Georgia Bulldogs, are Terry Godwin and Darius Slayton. Trying to sway Godwin, the Tigers spent a lot of time with him over the weekend with Malzahn making a trip to Hogansville, Ga., on Saturday. Already making inroads with Slayton after visiting him last week, the Tigers are looking for at least one wide receiver to add to the class.

Darius Slayton

Also in the mix at wide receiver for Auburn is speedy Ryan Davis from St. Petersburg, Fla. Visiting the Tigers two weeks ago, he’s also looking at Florida as he prepares to make a decision on signing day.

Every year in recruiting teams like Auburn sign talented football players, but sometimes classes get overrated because it’s not at a position or positions of need. When you look at the Auburn Tigers there is no question a couple of other spots stand out as need areas and that means a few players become important pieces to the puzzle to finish the 2015 class.

The need for an elite pass rusher in this class for Auburn is a huge one and the guy at the top of the list for Auburn has to be five-star Byron Cowart. One of the top players in the country regardless of position, Cowart has the combination of size, speed and athleticism to make an impact early on the next level. The same is true of CeCe Jefferson, another prospect from Florida who has taken an official visit to AU. A five-star as well, Jefferson has the tools to be a force right away in the right defense.

Playing without Carl Lawson last year, who was out after having knee surgery, the Tigers couldn’t get consistent pressure on the quarterback and finished the season with just 21 sacks. Of that group only five and a half came from the defensive end position. While Lawson should make a difference being back on the field next fall, adding Cowart would be a huge plus for Will Muschamp’s first Auburn defense.

Another position Auburn is looking to add immediate depth is at cornerback. With Jeremiah Dinson already committed, Coach Travaris Robinson is hoping to bring in at least one more player to the class before all is said and done. That makes lengthy Carlton Davis someone to keep an eye on. Formerly an Ohio State commitment, Davis looks to be a lean to the Tigers heading into signing week and his addition would be big for an Auburn defense wanting to add more cover guys outside.

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