Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Thursday, and SEC Country previews Auburn’s upcoming recruiting weekend.
Mississippi contingent in Class of 2019
It’s been well documented how thoroughly Auburn is scouring the state of Mississippi in the 2019 class.
Auburn has offered double-digit prospects from Mississippi in this recruiting cycle. In fact, the Tigers have offered more recruits from Mississippi than Alabama. Auburn’s push started by hosting big-time prospects such as Nathan Pickering and Nakobe Dean, who have made visits in the last couple months. Their reactions have had a ripple effect in the Magnolia State.
This weekend will be one of the biggest for Auburn and its Mississippi push.
SEC Country has confirmed a few prospects throughout the week, but here is the full list of Class of 2019 prospects from Mississippi expected to be in town this weekend.
- 5-star LB Nakobe Dean
- 4-star DE Nathan Pickering
- 4-star DL Charles Moore
- 4-star DL Byron Young
- 3-star DL Jamond Gordon
- 3-star CB Raydarious Jones
Dean and Jones, high school teammates, were the first Mississippians to visit Auburn. They came at the end of January. Jones picked up an offer on his visit. Dean is one of Auburn’s top linebacker targets in the 2019 class and his return trip will be a big one for the Tigers.
Pickering makes a return trip, which is big for Auburn. He has told SEC Country previously that, of the recruiting trips he’s taken this spring, the visit to the Plains made a major impression on him because of the laid-back, home feel of the Tigers’ coaching staff. Young hasn’t made a visit to Auburn yet, but he’ll come down after a visit to Alabama.
Gordon and Moore are both already committed, but they’re at least looking around. Moore is the nation’s No. 84 overall prospect who is committed to Mississippi State. Gordon is committed to Ole Miss and ranked outside the top 500, but Auburn has increased its interest in the Tigers.
Two big out-of-state linebackers return to Plains
Travs Williams is going to make a big linebacker splash this cycle.
He has cast a wide net. He’s going national.
Florida and Louisiana aren’t out of Auburn’s standard recruiting territory — as is the case with California linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd. Still, Auburn is going out of the Alabama-Georgia hotbed to find some of the linebackers it will recruit in 2019.
Two of them will be on campus this weekend: Ge’Mon Eaford and Donte Starks.
Starks is from New Orleans, La., and has already been up to Auburn once this spring. On the last visit, he came up with most of his family. There were a few family concerns, one source said, about the distance from home, especially with LSU prioritizing him too. Those issues were put to rest on that visit apparently, at least in Starks’ mind, he told SEC Country.
Eaford was schedule to come to Auburn for its March junior day. The Deerfield Beach, Fla., linebacker had to reschedule for later in the spring. That moved to this upcoming weekend. He’ll arrive at Auburn on Friday. To my knowledge, this is the first time Eaford has been on campus since coming with his whole team for a camp last summer.
Top 2020 DT schedule to make second spring visit
Mississippi’s influence at Auburn this weekend won’t be contained to the 2019 class.
McKinnley Jackson from Lucedale, Miss., is the No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 14 overall prospect. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound prospect has already been to Auburn once this spring for a junior day. He spent a lot of his time with defensive line coach Rodney Garner and area recruiter Marcus Woodson.
Apparently the impression they made will be enough to bring him back.
Jackson will be at Auburn on Saturday, as well.
What makes this visit specifically interesting was the timing of his other recruiting plans. Jackson had been committed to LSU for three months. He made a visit to Auburn on March 3 and backed off his LSU commitment on March 8.
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