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Looking At Auburn's Numbers For 2016 Football Recruiting Class, Visit Plans This Week

Talking about Auburn's number crunch in the 2016 class, news of the week and visit plans.

Rashan Gary (above) is's No. 1 rated prospect in the country.

By The Numbers

Currently the Auburn Tigers have 17 football commitments for the 2016 class, including defensive lineman Tashawn Manning who is currently going through treatment after being diagnosed with cancer during his senior season. At the moment he’s not expected to be part of this year’s class, meaning the actual number is 16 at the moment with nine players already enrolled.

With the number at 16 the Tigers will add two more players to that with defensive back Jamel Dean and punter Kevin Phillips on scholarship this semester. That gives Auburn 18 at the moment with a top number of 25 possible. Like most years the Tigers would like to leave at least one scholarship open for an early enrollee next year and maybe two, which would give them five or six total spots left for the rest of the way depending on how things work out in the final eight days of this recruiting cycle.

Because of the numbers crunch to finish this class the Tigers are expected to try to add one wide receiver, one defensive back, at least one defensive lineman, one offensive tackle and possibly a linebacker. That would be a perfect scenario in terms of finish, but obviously those numbers could change depending on who Auburn gets to close out the class.


Off The Board

Several guys that Auburn have been recruiting are now off the board after wide receiver Tre Nixon committing to Ole Miss on Monday and offensive linemen Lucas Niang and Breontae Matthews choosing TCU and Kansas State, respectively. Originally expected to visit Auburn this coming weekend, Nixon chose the Rebels after a visit to Oxford over the weekend.

That came just after it was reported that Nate Craig would not visit Ole Miss on the final weekend and has a final two of Auburn and North Carolina. Auburn’s in-home visit with Craig and brother Jayvaughn Myers definitely had a big impact on the duo and the Tigers may be the team to beat for both on signing day.

As for the two offensive tackles, Niang was a guy the Tigers brought in for a visit last weekend, but was likely a guy they would have only moved on late in the process. The same is true of Matthews, a player Auburn never offered. That was one of the reasons he decided to go ahead and make his decision this week to choose Bill Snyder’s Wildcats.


Looking Ahead

This week is the last for in-home visits and that means a busy time for Gus Malzahn and his staff. That will begin in earnest on Tuesday with a visit to see the nation’s number one player, defensive tackle Rashan Gary. While Michigan may be the team to beat for him in the end, Auburn has continued to make a strong push for the talented tackle from New Jersey and with early playing time available the Tigers may be there until the end.

Auburn is also expected to visit 4-star safety commitment Marlon Character on Tuesday night. Taking his official visit last weekend, Character left saying he was “pretty solid” to the Tigers. This visit is a great chance for the Auburn coaches to put the final stamp on his recruiting heading into signing day. With new secondary coach Wesley “Crimedog” McGriff making a big impact on Character while on his visit, Auburn appears to be in solid shape with the talented defensive back who is capable of playing safety, nickel and even cornerback.

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