Derrick Brown (above) is a five-star prospect.
What Can Brown Do For You?
That’s an old slogan that was used by UPS for years, but for the Auburn Tigers it should be a selling point for five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown There is no question that Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff have continued to impress in the race for Brown and they will have a final chance to state their case on Thursday night with an in-home visit with the big lineman.
There is no question Auburn’s selling point for Brown is the opportunity for early playing time as a true freshman, but perhaps even more of a selling point would be what awaits in 2017. With three senior tackles this season Auburn would be left with just Dontavius Russell, Jauntavius Johnson and incoming freshman Antwuan Jackson as the entire group of returning tackles the following season.
Expected to visit Tennessee this coming weekend, Brown is definitely a player the Tigers have a legitimate shot at on signing day with coaches Rodney Garner, Kevin Steele, Travis Williams and Wesley McGriff making a big impact for him on his visit. If the Tigers pull it off the defensive line class would one of the best in years and give Auburn’s defense the building blocks of the future.
In The Nick Of Time
A player who has been overlooked to some degree in Auburn’s 2016 class who could be an impact player is defensive lineman Nick Coe. Athletic with a ton of upside because of his combination of size and speed (6-5, 268, 4.76 40-yard dash), Coe is a prospect who should be a great fit for the Tigers down the road because he is quick enough to play outside but will likely get big enough to play on the interior if needed.
Malzahn and Garner are expected to be at Coe’s school on Friday to have a final visit with him before signing day. Not taking any additional visits and planning to sign with Auburn on Wednesday, Coe is busy wrestling for Asheboro, N.C., High School and working to defend his state championship.
Keeping After Richards
Even though Auburn looks to be in good shape with four-star wide receiver Nate Craig with his decision coming down between the Tigers and North Carolina, the Tigers ae not taking any chances on getting left out because they’re continuing to make a run at four-star speedster Ahmmon Richards from Wellington, Fla., after having an in-home visit with him on Wednesday.
Even though he plays wide receiver among his many positions, Richards is rated as an athlete by Scout.com and that’s what he could bring to the table in Auburn’s offense because of his speed and elusiveness. Capable of playing inside or outside, Richards would be a player who you sign and find a place for on the field, but the Tigers are facing some stiff competition from Alabama, Miami and Tennessee and may be on the outside looking in for him.
While Auburn is focused on finishing the 2016 class the Tigers are also busy working on the 2017 guys as well, offering 6-4, 260 defensive end Isaiah Buggs on Wednesday. A prospect at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, he is originally from Ruston, La. Buggs had a big first year for the Bulldogs in 2015 when he made 59 tackles, four sacks and eight tackles for loss.