Even though the Tigers added two wide receivers in this year’s class, with the majority of the players on campus at the position upperclassmen Auburn has to continue to upgrade at the position. Another running back is also a priority on offense while on defense getting at least a pair of tackles is a must next year.
Rated the No. 17 player in the country for the 2016 class, five-star wide receiver Nate Craig is already an Auburn commitment, but that hasn’t kept schools from all over from keeping the pressure on. With a strong relationship with Coach Dameyune Craig and the rest of the staff, keeping Craig solid to the Tigers is a major emphasis for Gus Malzahn and company next year.
The brother of former Auburn defensive lineman Kenneth Carter, Marlon Davidson is a physical defensive lineman out of Carver High in Montgomery. An athletic defender that is capable of playing outside or inside on the next level, Davidson has a good relationship with the Auburn staff already thanks to multiple visits to the Plains the last few years. With teammate and five-star Lyndell Wilson also a big target for the Tigers, Davidson is one that stands on his own as one of the top players in the land.
A four-star running back prospect out of Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga., Elijah Holyfield is a physical back who also has the speed to take it the distance. With an older brother who played at Auburn, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has made a name for himself in recruiting circles. Already with several dozen offers, Holyfield carried 264 times for 1,735 yards and ran for 25 touchdowns as a junior. He also caught 27 passes for 289 yards and scored three times and returned eight kickoffs for 351 yards.
One of the top defensive tackles in the 2016 class, Antwuan Jackson is a physical player from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga. Already a frequent visitor to Auburn in the last year, he has built a very good relationship with AU defensive line coach Rodney Garner and has the Tigers very high on his list.
Another player who has Auburn high on his list is massive defensive tackle Julian Rochester out of McEachern High in Powder Springs, Ga. Already with a good relationship with Garner as well as his area recruiter Tim Horton and Malzahn as well, Rochester has Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Clemson also on his early list. If the Tigers can get Rochester on board it would be a big plus at a position of need for the Auburn defense.