Big Week For Defensive Line
A position of need for Auburn in the 2016 recruiting class, the defensive line got much needed firepower this week with the addition of commitments from Daquan Newkirk and Tashawn Manning. Teammates as freshmen at Evans High in Orlando, Fla., along with fellow Auburn commitment Woody Barrett, both Newkirk and Manning (pictured above) camped at Auburn and showed the skills that defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is looking for.
Talking to several people who have seen Newkirk play, the word “freak” was mentioned to me more than once. At 252 pounds the defensive end has been timed in the 4.5 range and has the athleticism to play very early on the next level. He is one of those kids who is not ranked early in the process because he didn’t camp much the last two years, but by the time things are said and done I expect him to be rated and perhaps highly.
The Tigers may not be done on the defensive line just yet as there is a good chance that Carrollton, Ga., standout Michael Boykin will commit before the week is done. A 6-6, 250-pounder with really good athleticism and quickness off the ball, Boykin could play defensive end or eventually grow into a defensive tackle down the line. A high school teammate of Dontavious Russell, Boykin was impressive at Saturday’s camp in Auburn.
Hamm-ing It Up
Once a strong lean to Auburn, offensive lineman Brodarious Hamm from Spalding High in Griffin, Ga., committed to Tennessee during the spring, but recently backed off that and is open again. There is no question the Tigers are now the team to beat because of his relationship with Coach J.B. Grimes and the Auburn staff.
A powerful run blocker, Hamm is rated as a guard, but could also play tackle on the next level if his athleticism continues to improve. Less than full speed last season, he struggled at times to get back to full speed. Now that he is healthy and ready to go Hamm could be a steal on the recruiting trail for Auburn at a huge position of need for the Tigers.
Brodarious Hamm is a class of 2016 prospect.
Looking For Another WR
Coach Dameyune Craig and the Tigers have been on the hunt for more help at the wide receiver position with three seniors on this year’s team and they may have found who they are searching for in big Marquis McClain from Crestview, Fla. Getting an offer from Auburn over the weekend, McClain is a 6-2, 210-pounder who runs crisp routes and has very good hands. With the physical nature to go over the middle and make the tough catch while also the athleticism to go up and high-point the ball, McClain has offers from Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and others.
It was great to see many former players on campus over the weekend for a variety of camps, but perhaps none enjoyed the experience more than former All-American running back Carnell Williams. Working as a scorekeeper for the 7-on-7 camp early on Saturday, Cadillac was done pretty early in the day, but instead of heading for the air conditioning he stayed until the end on a hot day to watch the action and just talk with Auburn’s coaching staff.
Carnell’s announcement was one of the first big deal recruiting gigs I covered for Inside The Auburn Tigers way back when and when I asked him about it he still remembered many of the details of that day. Now about 16 years later Cadillac said he can’t believe how much Auburn has changed in such a short time. He was particularly amazed by the indoor practice facility and how nice it is. He was and still is one of a kind and will always be one of the favorite sons of Auburn football.