Friday Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook

Looking back at some of the recent visitors for the Tigers and also some of the possible prospects expected to be on hand for Saturday's practice.

Lyndell "Mack" Wilson is one of the top linebackers in the country

Return Of The Mack

One of the top linebacker prospects in the country, five-star Lyndell Wilson was back in Auburn on Thursday and paid very close attention to the play of one particular player. That guy was former safety turned hybrid linebacker Derrick Moncrief. Playing a new position this spring in a new defensive system, Moncrief’s role is something Wilson said intrigues him greatly after watching the Tigers on the practice field.

“I just got a chance to see them get after each other,” Wilson said. “I got a chance to actually see them in action in the defensive scheme. It was a great time coming back and enjoying myself. I watched Derrick Moncrief at that star position. It’s a position where he’s blitzing off the edge and covering tight ends and stuff like that. I could see myself fitting into that system.”

Taylor Likes The Tigers

A player that has seen his offer list grow considerably in the last few months, safety Jaewon Taylor from Park Crossing in Montgomery has the Tigers high on his list and on Thursday he got to see Auburn in action. Spending a great deal of time watching Will Muschamp’s group go through the paces, Taylor said one guy definitely stood out to him when watching the safety position and he also liked the lack of depth there.

“There’s not many guys there so I think I could come in and play,” Taylor said. “That’s really important and it will be part of my decision, coming in and playing early. That would be great. Tray Matthews is a hard hitter. He’s good.”

Jaewon Taylor is a player that could be a good fit at safety for the Tigers

Muschamp A Key For Evans

A physical linebacker, big Donta Evans from Archer High in Georgia likes what the Tigers are doing on defense under the direction of Muschamp. It’s not so much the scheme however, it’s having Muschamp guide things for Auburn. Sometimes players love a staff and a program, but for Evans it’s all about the “Boom”.

“I was mainly just focused on the coaching, Coach Muschamp and Coach (Lance) Thompson,” Evans said. “They would be my position coaches. It was just a great day. I loved the focus on the detail and intensity of practice.

“It was amazing,” he added of watching Muschamp. “He’s the greatest defensive mind going right now. To say that I even have an offer from there and an opportunity to watch him is great. It’s a blessing.”

Weekend Visits

Auburn is expecting several weekend visitors as the Tigers hit the first for the first spring practice on Saturday. One of those is 6-8 offensive tackle Robert Kraeling from Athens, Ga. Already with several big-time offers including Auburn, Kraeling has a ton of upside and has really been high on the Tigers for some time. He’s a player that could become a major target at offensive tackle moving forward.

Big Robert Kraeling

Another offensive lineman expected to visit is Brodarius Hamm from Spalding High in Griffin, Ga. A physical player that will likely be a guard on the next level, he has an offer from the Tigers, but there could be a few players ahead of him on the wish list at the moment.

The younger brother of Alabama signee Anfernee Jennings, big safety Shawndarius Jennings from Dadeville is quickly making a name for himself with offers from both Auburn and Alabama along with several other programs. Already at 6-2, 215, Jennings is physical enough to play linebacker on the next level and could be a good fit for the hybrid linebacker/safety position in Muschamp’s defense. He is expected to visit on Saturday as well.

Shawndarius Jennings is a good looking prospect

Recruited by Auburn as a cornerback, Leeds’ standout Tadarryl Marshall is also expected back on campus to check out the Tigers. With several schools showing a lot of interest in Marshall at quarterback as well, things could get very interesting with him moving forward in his recruitment.

Another in-state athlete expected to visit is 2017 prospect Kendarian Handy-Holly out of Jackson. Already rated a four-star safety by Scout, Handy-Holly has a chance to be a difference-maker on the next level with still two years of high school football remaining. He already has offers from Kentucky and Troy with more sure to follow.

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