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Jason Caldwell's Tuesday Morning QB Column Featuring Auburn Football Recruiting

Auburn football recruiting and golf are featured in Jason Caldwell's latest column.

Kellen Mond (above) is a recruiting target for the Tigers.

Another Visit For Mond

The Auburn Tigers are expected to get another visit from four-star quarterback Kellen Mond this weekend and it could be one of the most important days as far as the 2017 recruiting class is concerned. A talented signal-caller who would be a great fit in Gus Malzahn’s offense, Mond has a top three of Auburn, Ohio State and Texas A&M at the moment, but the last week could be a sign of things to come.

First, four-star quarterback Tate Martell from Las Vegas committed to Ohio State, in all likelihood putting the Buckeyes out of the running for Mond. That could leave Texas A&M and the Aggies offered another QB prospect this week, Legend Brumbaugh out of Trinity in Jacksonville, Fla. He’s the son of former Auburn defensive tackle and current Kentucky assistant Jimmy Brumbaugh.

This time around on his third visit to Auburn, Mond will be joined by his dad along with good friend and fellow four-star prospect Hezekiah Jones from Stafford, Tex. Like Mond, Jones was a one-time Baylor wide receiver commitment before the firing of Coach Art Briles. Now back open, Jones will be on the Auburn campus this weekend along with his father. Getting to see Auburn with Mond could be huge for the Tigers’ chance of not only getting the quarterback of the class, but also one of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects.

Eventful Day In Miami

Auburn’s camp last Friday in Miami held in conjunction with high school coaches from the area proved to be a very good day for Gus Malzahn’s program even though it’s likely a one-and-done thing. Malzahn wants his coaches to be on campus and available for the current players as much as possible, which was already the case with the Tigers just attending three camps away from Auburn in June.

With the camp time likely coinciding more with the spring evaluation periods next season, Auburn took advantage of the opportunity in Miami to showcase the program and also let the players in the area know that the Tigers are interested in keeping a pipeline into South Florida.

Something that should help the Tigers is having Kevin Steele and Wesley McGriff both recruiting the area. Steele told me he’s been recruiting Miami since 1982 and he has got dozens of coaching friends in the area, many of whom were on hand at Friday’s camp. The same is true of McGriff, who knows coaches from all over the area.

Some fans were concerned about Auburn’s chances in South Florida with the losses of Travaris Robinson and Will Muschamp, but after seeing how the high school coaches responded to the Auburn staff last Friday I have no doubt that the Tigers will continue to recruit well in one of the most talent-rich areas in the nation.

 

Best Golf Of The Year

There is no question that The Masters is my favorite major championship to watch every year because of the history of the course and the fact that you know what every shot is all about because you’ve seen them hundreds of times over the years, but this week the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club is setting up to the ultimate test of golf and should provide some great drama down the stretch on Sunday.

First of all, no matter the course, I’m not sure the game of golf could be in a better place in the post-Tiger Woods domination era than to have Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Speith all at the top of their games at the same time. There is nothing better for the game than having one dominant player the caliber of Tiger, but the next best thing is having a rivalry form between players playing the game at a high level.

That’s what we’ve got right now and with Oakmont perhaps the ultimate test of golf in the United States at the moment, this week should be drama from start to finish and I can’t wait.

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