Recruiting insider: Auburn’s dominant win over Mississippi State makes impression

AUBURN, Ala. — In front of a bevy of recruiting talent, Auburn put on a show against an SEC foe.

Auburn annihilated Mississippi State on offense and defense, which resulted in numerous positive reactions from multiple recruiting targets. After the game, SEC Country caught up with most of the prospects in attendance to discuss their time on the Plains and their respective recruitments.

Here’s a fully loaded recruiting insider.

4-star linebacker Quay Walker

  • Instead of visiting Alabama, Quay Walker attended Auburn’s game against Mississippi State instead, despite that not being the original plan.
  • He had a chance to hang out with his high school teammate, Markaviest Bryant, after the game.
  • Walker is still committed to Alabama, but the level of that commitment is diminishing. Florida, Georgia and Auburn are all real players for Walker, but if Alabama revs up the pressure, the Crimson Tide will be tough to top in the end.

3-star JUCO cornerback Keith Washington

  • Auburn is in the early stages of recruiting this Michigan transfer. The two sides really began communicating this week, but Keith Washington expects that to pick up going forward. Most of his conversations have been with Greg Brown.
  • Washington is cousins with Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway.
  • He is an early qualifier out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Weston, Miss.), so he will enroll in his school of choice in January.
  • For now, Washington has offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Toledo and others. Obviously, an Auburn offer would do wonders.
In-state tight end target Michael Parker walks through Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

3-star tight end Michael Parker

  • The lifelong Alabama fan went so far as to say Auburn is at the top, though he backed off that slightly and said Purdue has made a nice run for him, as well.
  • This was Michael Parker’s first game to Auburn as a recruit. He loved the experience. Admittedly, he said it was a “little weird” at first because of his family connection to the Crimson Tide, but the Auburn environment made it pretty easy to get used to.
  • Auburn is pushing for a commitment, but the Tigers aren’t pushing “that hard,” Parker said. He’s not in a rush to make a decision, likely waiting to see if Alabama offers.
  • If Alabama were to offer, it definitely would make him think, but he wouldn’t go so far as to say it would rule everyone else out. He really likes the relationships he’s built at Auburn.

3-star safety Jamien Sherwood

  • Two weeks after visiting Florida, Jamien Sherwood was back in Auburn, which was a very good sign for the Tigers. He came with his mother and one of his high school teammates.
  • Sherwood said Florida is recruiting him as if he’s not committed to another school. For now, however, Auburn doesn’t have anything to worry about.
  • In fact, Sherwood said that he was looking closely at the Jordan-Hare atmosphere compared to the Swamp. He thought Jordan-Hare was, at least, on par with the Swamp, but that it might’ve even had a little bit more electricity than the Gators’ stadium.
  • Sherwood wanted to make it clear his Auburn commitment is “100 percent,” and the Tigers are in the best shape they’ve ever been to secure his commitment on signing day.

3-star tight end Tyneil Hopper

  • Tyneil Hopper attended the game with his cousin (a 2019 cornerback target) and his parents. He also went to the Georgia Tech-North Carolina game earlier in the day in Atlanta, since those are two programs he’s considering, too.
  • He listed a wide variety of schools who are still in the mix, but Auburn, North Carolina and Louisville are the ones most heavily on his mind right now.
  • Hopper said Larry Porter wants to keep evaluating him and hopes to get out to a game this fall.
Four-star wide receiver target Justyn Ross watches pregame festivities. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross

  • Is Auburn “in it” for Justyn Ross? Without hesitation, he said definitely. That might seem obvious, but with Clemson trending, it was worth asking.
  • Ross decided to go to Auburn instead of Alabama, mainly because he hadn’t seen Auburn play in person yet this year. With Kodi Burns attending his Friday game, in which he scored 3 touchdowns, Ross felt it made sense to visit the Plains.
  • Ross hasn’t declared a public leader and still plans on a National Signing Day decision.
  • If Auburn has an advantage, Ross said it’s that his family is very comfortable when they come to the Plains. He also noted his relationship with the entire coaching staff might be stronger at Auburn than anywhere else.

3-star 2019 offensive lineman Carter Colquitt

  • For the second time this season, Carter Colquitt, the big 2019 offensive lineman, attended an Auburn game. He wanted to get back as soon as possible, and he wants to be back as soon as possible again.
  • Colquitt isn’t in a rush to make a decision, but he declared Auburn is leader after the game. There’s still a long way to go, but the Tigers have laid a tough-to-beat foundation here.

3-star 2019 cornerback Jalen Alexander

  • Like Colquitt, this was Jalen Alexander’s second visit to Auburn this season. He plans to be on the Plains whenever invited.
  • Also like Colquitt, Alexander went so far as to say Auburn leads. But he said his decision is a long way off and he’s going to “explore his options” until the very end.

4-star running back Asa Martin

  • Asa Martin’s role on Saturday was to recruit, recruit, recruit.
  • He said he’s not worried about Coynis Miller’s decision on Oct. 14, but didn’t specify if that meant because he’s confident in Auburn’s chances, or just that his recruiting focus is on other prospects. Miller and Martin are very, very close friends, so Martin likely will know before anyone.
  • Martin instead said his Saturday focus was on Justyn Ross. He said Ross always gives him pretty good vibes, but he knows Clemson will be tough to top.
  • Along those lines, Martin and Ross likely will take their official visit to Clemson the same weekend, which should bode well for Auburn more than anything.
  • Martin joked that, after he committed, Alabama fans didn’t react poorly. Why? Because they still don’t think it’s over, he said. Well, is it? “Oh yeah,” Martin said, “it’s over.”

4-star wide receiver Matthew Hill

  • Matthew Hill picked up two big offers over the course of the last two weeks: Georgia and Clemson. Georgia offered as a wide receiver/athlete. Clemson offered as a safety.
  • Auburn doesn’t have much to worry about there, but Hill likely will take his five official visits to Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama and either Florida or LSU.
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Four-star 2019 quarterback target Bo Nix was back on the Plains. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

4-star 2019 quarterback Bo Nix

  • Bo Nix’s entire family rolled up for the game. Bo is on crutches after fracturing his left ankle in a Friday night game a couple weeks ago.
  • He didn’t talk about his recruitment, but he hopes to be back for Pinson Valley’s playoff run. Asa Martin and Nix could be on a collision course for a third-round matchup in the state playoffs.

3-star defensive lineman Daquan Newkirk

  • First and foremost, Daquan Newkirk is thrilled to be back on a football field playing football. He said it had been far too long, and his energy level on the field is higher than ever. Rodney Garner likely will go see one of his games soon.
  • Newkirk is actively trying to recruit two of his junior college teammates — quarterback Torrance Gibson and cornerback Saivion Smith. He said he likes Auburn’s chances with Gibson if the Tigers push for him. As for Smith, it’s “iffy” with Alabama firmly in the mix, as well.
  • As for Gibson, who visited for his second straight Auburn game, I like Auburn’s chances if it pushes. He really likes the Tigers and the atmosphere. The big questions: Does Auburn take a second quarterback, and would Gibson be the guy? That remains to be seen. For now, it appears Auburn is staying very patient with Gibson’s recruitment.

Other notes

  • Tennessee commit Jamarcus Chatman didn’t make the trip, but Rodney Garner went to his high school game on Friday night. If the Volunteers continue the downward spiral, the Tigers could be in play.
  • Montgomery targets JaKorey Hawkins and Tank Jenkins didn’t visit.
  • I had a trusted source tell me before the game that Auburn is fully out of it for 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, if that wasn’t becoming obvious already. In fact, apparently the staff hasn’t liked its chances for more than a month.

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