(Four star wide receiver Kyle Davis (above) is one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia.)
By The Numbers
One of the key areas in Auburn’s 2016 football recruiting class is going to be on the defensive line. With precious little depth to work with this year the Tigers are expected to bring in a large class up front for Rodney Garner when the dust settles on this class.
Already with Daquan Newkirk and Tashawn Manning on board ,Auburn got a huge piece of the puzzle last week when Marlon Davidson chose the Tigers over dozens of other schools. That makes three defensive linemen or players that could play the buck position in this class or not quite half of what Auburn hopes to sign before things are all said and done.
Wanting to sign seven and possibly eight players up front on defense, Auburn still has plenty of top targets left on the board. One of those is five-star tackle Derrick Brown. Visiting the Georgia Dome last week to watch Auburn face Louisville, Brown is expected to be on campus this weekend for the Jacksonville State Game.
Other players still on Auburn’s list for the defensive front include the nation’s No. 1 player Rashan Gary and fellow five-star Shavar Manuel. A few of the other targets still in the mix include Antwuan Jackson, Michail Carter, @Jeffrey Simmons, Antonneous Clayton and Nick Coe.
Important Wide Receiver Class
With Duke Williams, Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray all seniors in 2015 and Marcus Davis and Tony Stevens both juniors, Auburn needs receiver help beginning next season at the position. With the loss of Myron Burton in preseason camp the depth concerns became even bigger for Dameyune Craig's position, making 2016 a huge class for him and the Tigers.
Already with a pair of commitments from Elijah Stove and Marquis McClain, Auburn is off to a good start. Looking to sign at least four receivers in this class means plenty of work still to be done however. With Stove planning to take several other visits as well it means more names added to Auburn’s list.
One of the top guys on the board is planning to be in Auburn this weekend, playmaker Kyle Davis from Archer High in Lawrenceville, Ga. A dominating performer, Davis would be a great addition for the Tigers because of his ability to play both inside and outside. Auburn remains in the mix for No. 1 rated wide receiver Nate Craigas well, but others have moved up on the list in a big way.
A four-star receiver, big A.J. Brown continues to say he will visit Auburn, but so far he hasn’t make a trip to the Plains. If the Tigers can get a look from Brown he’s another difference maker early in his career. Another target is speedy Tre Nixon. A friend of McClain’s and visitor in August to Auburn, Nixon is a player that could be the speed receiver Malzahn covets in his system.
Already with one commitment at linebacker, Spanish Fort standout Tre Threat who is currently dealing with a sprained ankle that could keep him out a few weeks, Auburn is looking to sign at least three in this class and several of the top targets are expected in this weekend. One of those is Devin Bush Jr. out of Flanagan (Fla.) High. The son of a former FSU star, he’s a talented player in his own right and one the Tigers have a good shot at landing.
Another possibility to visit this weekend is five-star Ben Davis out of Gordo. A frequent visitor to Auburn over the past six months, Davis making the trip to the Plains this weekend instead of being in Bryant-Denny Stadium would be big for the Tigers. He could be joined by fellow five-star Lyndell “Mack” Wilson from Carver-Montgomery.
Two other linebacker targets for Auburn in this class are five-star Rahshaun Smith from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla,, who has scheduled an official visit this fall, and Elysee Mbem-Bosse from Cedar Grove (Ga.) High.
Among the other prospects expected to visit this weekend include commitments John Broussard, Malik Miller, Landon Rice, Alaric Williams and Tashawn Manning. Other possibilities include defensive lineman Tyreic Martin, 2018 defensive end Justin Mascoll from South Gwinnett (Ga.) High, 2019 offensive lineman Clay Webb from Oxford (Ala.) High, 2017 cornerback, Tre Young from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile, 2016 quarterback Tyler Johnston from Spanish Fort, and 2017 running back Damon Williams.