Ranked third in the country by Scout.com and already with 17 commitments, Auburn is well ahead of last year’s pace when quarterback Sean White became the ninth commitment for the 2014 class on July 16. One year before that Auburn didn’t add its eighth verbal commitment until November.
Even with the fast start the Tigers aren’t in any hurry to finish off the class just yet. With still plenty of time to evaluate prospects before signing day in February, Auburn has several positions of need to put the stamp on 2015.
Still Looking For Another QB
There is no question that four-star quarterback prospect Deondre Francois is squarely on Auburn’s radar following his visit last month. Impressive at the Elite 11 and The Opening last week, Francois may be back on campus this weekend, but could also take another visit to Florida State first. If he leaves Tallahassee without committing to the Seminoles it could be big news for the Tigers.
Another name on the list is the talented Lamar Jackson from Boynton Beach, Fla., High. A three-star prospect and the number 32 rated quarterback prospect in the country, Jackson is expected to make a visit to Auburn this weekend and it could be a big one for him because it would be his first opportunity to work out in person for Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and company.
An impressive performance could mean even more sliding down Auburn’s quarterback board for Torrance Gibson. Very high on the list for the Tigers just a few weeks ago, it now looks like Auburn has moved on at the position.
Offensive Line Almost Done
With four commitments in the 2014 class Auburn is in very good shape moving forward on the offensive front. In good shape with five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey from Apopka, Fla., High with teammate and Tigers’ commitment Chandler Cox a big plus for Auburn, the class could get even bigger if he were to come on board. Throw in the possibility of adding a true center such as Darryl Williams or Brandon Kennedy and it could be a banner year for Coach J.B. Grimes up front.
Need Numbers On Front Four
With just 12 scholarship players on the defensive line who won’t be seniors this season, Auburn needs to add some serious talent up front in the 2015 class to build depth for Coach Rodney Garner . One of the biggest names on the board is five-star defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, who is expected to be back in Auburn this weekend. With Georgia thought to be the biggest threat for the physical tackle, getting him back on the Plains can’t be bad news.
One of the focuses for Auburn will be getting at least two of the players in school in time for spring practice in 2015 to get a head start on their careers. That means the Tigers could once again hit the junior college ranks to add quality and players who are more physically ready to play. A few of the names on the radar include defensive tackle D.J. Jones as well as ends Marquavius Lewis and Jonathan Calvin. Natives of South Carolina, Jones and Lewis are two of the top junior college defensive linemen in the country.
Already with a commitment from D'Anfernee McGriff and with Jaylon Denson getting his extra year back after suffering a knee injury in 2013, Auburn’s need at the wide receiver position isn’t as big as some other positions. That doesn’t mean the Tigers aren’t still working hard to bring in top talent as several big-time prospects are still on the board. Big John Burt from Tallahassee, Fla., is a name to keep an eye on heading into the fall as is athletic Kirk Merritt from Louisiana. Capable of playing inside and being a dangerous runner, Merritt would be a great fit in Malzahn’s system.