Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook

Updates on Auburn football recruiting are featured in this report on what Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

New Offers Out

Auburn was busy on Monday as the Tigers hit Louisiana hard with offers going out to defensive ends Caleb Roddy from Denham Springs and Andre Anthony from Edna Karr High in New Orleans.

A 6-5, 255-pounder with good speed and athleticism, Roddy has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas A&M in the SEC with Arizona State, Illinois and North Carolina also in the mix.

A 6-3, 215 edge rusher, Andre Anthony added offers from both Auburn and Alabama on Monday and got one from Missouri last week. Capable of getting to the quarterback in a hurry, Anthony is looking at Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU, TCU and others.

The offers are interesting as the Tigers continue to look for players who could fit either the 3-4 or 4-3 look. Already a very big player, Roddy could easily transition to a 3-4 defensive end because of his size and frame. More out of an outside rusher, Anthony looks to be the type of player Muschamp is looking for at the “Buck” position or even one of the true linebacker spots.

With Nate Craig no longer a commitment it’s not a surprise to see the Tigers making a push on several new wide receiver targets. One of those is Florida commitment Isaiah Johnson. Previously committed to both Louisville and Miami, Johnson is a 6-4 receiver with good ball skills that could be a monster receiver on the next level. Already over 200 pounds, he could easily be 215 in two seasons and be a physical addition to an offense.

Isaiah Johnson

Just a 2017 prospect, big Blake Vinson has seen his recruiting take off in the last few months with offers rolling in for the 6-5, 285 offensive tackle. Auburn is the latest to join the fray with the Tigers offering on Wednesday, a day after Mississippi State did the same. Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and several others have also offered very early in the process.

Engineering A Defense

Auburn already has a good start to the linebacker class with big Tre Threat from Spanish Fort already on board. Another guy who is high on the Tigers is Tre Lamar from Roswell, Ga. Very interested in the academic side of things and planning on majoring in civil engineering, Lamar visited Auburn for a spring practice and left with the Tigers surging on his list.

A physical linebacker capable of playing inside or outside, Lamar would be a good fit for Will Muschamp’s defense and this one could come down to a battle of the Tigers with Clemson also in the mix, but Alabama, Florida and Florida State are also teams to watch. His relationship with Auburn assistant Lance Thompson could be important for the Tigers’ chances.

Throwing The Distance

Speaking of Threat, last week the big linebacker won a state championship for the Spanish Fort track team when he won the javelin with a throw of 167-7. He won the title by more than 40 feet.

Tre Threat

He also finished third in the shot put with a throw of 48-10.75. Threat picked up track this spring after playing baseball for much of his high school career. It just shows his athleticism, something that should work well on the next level.

Tackle The Problem

With Auburn possibly losing both offensive tackles this season if Shon Coleman and Avery Young have big years, the Tigers are on the hunt for at least two players at the position with Garrett Bolles from junior college an important guy because of his age and ability to come in and play early. While Auburn is in the mix, Bolles has already been his mission for LDS and was committed to BYU before backing off that decision last week. If the Tigers can get a him on their campus this spring or summer, they could be a serious threat to get Bolles.

The high school prospect who may be the one to watch at tackle is big Marcus Tatum from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla. He’s athletic and has a lot of upside, but he would have a lot of work to do in order to play as a freshman. The good news for Coach J.B. Grimes is that Robert Leff really stepped up in the spring and could be a good fit when and if he’s needed. Also don’t be surprised to see either Mike Horton, Marquel Harrell or both get a look at tackle this preseason.

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