The three-day journey to high schools in Alabama started with a visit to Montgomery to check out several prospects for the Poets. Quarterback James Foster is already committed to the Missouri Tigers and he’s working on teammates Alfred Thomas and La'Dedric Jackson to join him in Columbia.
While Foster isn’t a guy who has been on Auburn’s radar, both Thomas and Jackson are prospects the Tigers are keeping an eye on. In particular that’s true of Jackson. An athletic linebacker who is up to 215 pounds after playing at around 200 a year ago, he is looking at both Auburn and LSU, but Missouri may be tough to beat as that team continues to try to put the clamps on Sidney Lanier prospects.
An up-and-coming class of 2019 prospect for the Poets is 2019 DB Laquez Cain. Already with offers from Tennessee and Toledo, the 6-2 safety is a name to remember and plans to visit Auburn in the coming weeks.
Following Montgomery it was a trip down I-65 to Prichard with the first stop to see the Blount Leopards. Defensive back Tashaon Pettway is the most well-known of the guys for Coach Lev Holley, but 6-3 wide receiver Collins Woods III and speedy receiver Lebarron Jones are both guys who have a chance to be SEC-level guys before this year is done.
The guy to keep an eye on for the Leopards, however, is 2019 outside linebacker Cortlin Martin. At 6-0, 235, he’s a player who has been compared to former Alabama and NFL pass rusher Courtney Upshaw. With still two years of growing left, Martin could be a huge target next year and Auburn is definitely a college that is already well on his radar.
Rounding out the first day was a trip to see four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis at St. Paul’s in Mobile. He is a player who has been a top Auburn target for a long, long time and the Tigers are definitely still very much in the picture for him as is Florida State. Not on his original list, Alabama has made up a huge amount of ground for him in recent months.
He is far from the only prospect at St. Paul’s and a guy who definitely deserves a long look is quarterback Swift Lyle. Throwing the deep ball very well and more athletic than you might realize, Lyle has six early offers from colleges such as Akron, Jacksonville State and Louisiana-Lafayette, but it won’t be surprising to see bigger schools jump onboard.
The talent pool isn’t drying up any time soon with 2020 running back/safety Reggie Bracy already a key contributor on offense after playing last season as a freshman. At 6-0, 175, Bracy could end up playing some defense as well this season with the Saints thin in the secondary and could have a future on either side of the ball down the road.