No Ole Miss Visit For Craig-Myers
It wasn't an Auburn visitor over the weekend who made the most auburn recruiting news. Instead it was big-time wide receiver Nate Craig and brother Jayvaughn Myers, who got in-home visits from Gus Malzahn, Dameyune Craig and Wesley McGriff on Sunday and now a scheduled visit this coming weekend for the talented receiver has been canceled.
While it's not over with yet with still over a week remaining until national signing day, Auburn looks to be in good shape with the receiver and cornerback and that would be huge news with Auburn hoping to add more talent at wide receiver and in the secondary.
North Carolina is still the biggest threat to land both brothers with the Tar Heels the only other school in the mix for both at the moment, but Ole Miss is still considered a team in the mix for Nate while Maryland is still in the picture for Jayvaughn. There's still plenty of time left until signing day, but for Auburn it was a good start to the week.
Weekend Recruiting Rewind
Auburn only had four official visitors over the weekend, but it was an important one for the Tigers starting with five-star safety Nigel Warrior. Taking a visit to Alabama the second half of his weekend and scheduled to be at Tennessee this coming weekend before announcing on signing day, Warrior got plenty of opportunities to get to know the new Auburn coaches on defense and that’s a good thing for the Tigers. While Auburn may still be fighting an uphill battle for him, getting Warrior on campus gives the Tigers a fighting chance.
While Warrior may not end up at Auburn, the chances that Marlon Character sticks with the Tigers are much higher following his weekend visit. Even though South Carolina is pulling out all the stops to try to make him a Gamecock, Character has a strong bond with Malzahn as well as with Auburn in general. That’s something that showed up for him once he got back on the Plains and keeps the Tigers as the team to beat for the 4-star safety.
Maybe the biggest news from the weekend’s visitors was from big offensive tackle E.J. Price. There is no question that the Tigers made up some significant ground with the four-star prospect and appears to be locked in a battle with Georgia as signing day draws near. With offensive line coch Herb Hand making a strong impression on Price and Auburn’s need for a true tackle in this class, the Tigers made a move on a player they really need in this class.
Rounding out the visitors for the weekend was Kentucky defensive back commitment Jordan Griffin from Jonesboro, Ga. A talented corner, Griffin is a player the Tigers were expected to visit again this week for an in-home visit, but with just a few spots remaining in this class the numbers are getting very, very tight for Auburn in 2016. Because of that Griffin has firmly committed to Kentucky, likely a sign the Tigers feel good about their chances with Myers.
Visitors at Auburn weren’t the only ones making news this weekend as several top targets were on the road with one making a decision. After traveling to see the Tigers last weekend speedy linebacker/defensive end Joshua Uche went to Michigan for a visit and committed to the Wolverines. Because of that the upcoming visit of Ben Davis has been made even more important.
Already with one linebacker commitment in this class in Tre Threat, Auburn would definitely like to add another player in this class and at the moment that prospect is Davis. Leaving his Alabama visit with Alabama on top, Georgia second and Auburn third, the Tigers have made up ground since the arrival of Kevin Steele. Now the new Auburn defensive coordinator will get his second opportunity to talk to Davis on an official visit after first getting that chance while still at LSU. It may still be a longshot for Auburn, but there’s a shot and with a five-star linebacker like Davis that is a chance worth taking.
A pair of Auburn defensive line targets visited Georgia and much like with Price the Tigers will have their hands full with the Bulldogs all the way to signing day. While currently committed to Auburn, David Marshall was in Athens over the weekend and has said he plans to be back there again this coming weekend before signing day. If that happens that would be a pretty good sign of his intentions, but let’s see how things go the next four days before counting him as a loss.
For five-star Derrick Brown there’s still a trip to Tennessee expected this coming weekend and Alabama is in the mix, but this one could come down to a battle of old Auburn players between Rodney Garner and Tracy Rocker. With early playing time a huge selling point for the Tigers and Brown feeling very at home on his visit last weekend, Auburn is in the hunt for one of it’s top remaining targets at a huge position of need.