Auburn Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
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The fifth edition of "Big Cat Weekend" ended with two more additions to the Tigers' 2014 recruiting class.
Ruffin—from St. Pius X High School in Atlanta—chose the Tigers over offers from a large contingent of other major programs.
Mitchell—a local product from Opelika High School—chose the Tigers over Alabama, Duke, Florida and Florida State.
The commitment of Ruffin and Mitchell brought the Tigers' recruiting class up to nine commitments. It also vaulted Auburn's class up to a No. 9 national ranking and No. 4 in the SEC, according to 247sports.
Two highly touted junior college prospects out of Georgia Military College received an Auburn offer on Sunday, according to Bryan Matthews of Auburn Undercover (subscription required).
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has been much more inclined to go the junior college route than former head coach Gene Chizik. The Tigers brought in a handful of junior college prospects to help out immediately in the 2013 class.
Judd is ranked the top JUCO running back in the country, and Lambert is the top defensive end in the country. Lambert is also considering Arkansas and Georgia. Judd is only considering one other SEC school—Ole Miss.
After landing three commitments in a seven-day span last week, it was a fairly quiet week on the recruiting trail for the Tigers this week.
Auburn's coaches spent most of the time on the road with spring evaluations of the rising seniors in high school. They didn't have to travel far to see one of the top prospects. Auburn High School linebacker Rashaan Evans was paid a visit by Ellis Johnson on Thursday. Evans is a 4-star linebacker and one of the top 10 players in the state of Alabama.
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee stopped by and saw one of the nation's top high school quarterbacks in Gainesville, Ga. last week. DeShaun Watson is a 4-star dual-threat quarterback who is a very solid Clemson commit. If he begins to waver in his commitment, Auburn should be able to get into the mix.
Auburn landed in the top seven for another highly rated QB on Thursday night. Brandon Harris, the 4-star QB out of Louisiana, trimmed down his list of schools last night via Twitter:
A lot of recruiting news is sure to come out of Auburn next weekend when Auburn hosts a slew of top prospects during its annual "Big Cat Weekend."
As expected, 4-star defensive end Justin Thornton from Vigor High School (Mobile, Ala.) verbally committed to the Auburn Tigers on Sunday morning at his church. Thornton chose the Tigers over LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama. Assistants Dameyune Craig and Rodney Garner were his lead recruiters. Thornton is the Tigers’ seventh commitment.
Thornton stands 6’5” and weighs in at 222 pounds. His speed, power and overall athleticism gives him a great chance to become a force for defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson and the Tigers at defensive end over the next few years. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Thornton is the No. 3 weak-side defensive end in the country.
Thornton’s commitment keeps the ball rolling during a fantastic month of May for head coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers on the recruiting trail and continues an impressive run of success in the Mobile, Ala. area.
The area has been known to be an Alabama pipeline since Nick Saban took over the Tide’s football program in 2007. Of Auburn’s seven commitments, Thornton is the fourth one from Mobile. His high school teammate, linebacker Da’Shaun Davis, is also an Auburn commitment.
Following the commitment, Auburn moved up to No. 15 in the 247Sports national composite rankings.
It was already a good week on the recruiting trail for Auburn. It got better on Friday when the nation's top JUCO safety committed to play for the Tigers in 2014.
After spending a year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Derrick Moncrief plans to enroll at Auburn in January and take part in Auburn's spring practices next spring.
Last fall, the Prattville, Ala. native tallied 46 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. He is projected to play the "star" safety in defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson's defense.
Moncrief's commitment put a bow on a fine week in Auburn recruiting. He was the second highly touted prospect of the week to commit to the Tigers. Tre' Williams, a 4-star linebacker out of Mobile, committed to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Most experts think that next week will get off to a good start for Auburn when 4-star defensive end Justin Thornton announces his college destination on Sunday afternoon.
Auburn started building its recruiting momentum in January all the way through to national signing day. It doesn't look like things are slowing down anytime soon.
Wednesday was a good day for Auburn on the recruiting trail when the Tigers garnered a commitment from LB Tre' Williams. 247Sports national analyst J.C. Shurburtt thinks things may only get better for Auburn on the trail. Three of five recruiting analysts are now projecting running back Racean Thomas to commit to Auburn, according to 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Thomas is a 5-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. Auburn and Alabama are currently his leaders. He is being recruited by Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
Highly touted inside LB Tre' Williams has committed to the Auburn Tigers' class of 2014 (h/t Bryan Matthews of 247Sports). He made the announcement at St. Paul's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala., where he attends.
Williams is another 4-star inside LB to commit to the Tigers. De'Shaun Davis committed to Auburn last month. Williams is the No. 3-ranked inside linebacker in America, according to 247Sports.
He is Auburn's fifth commitment for the class of 2014. Williams chose the Tigers over an impressive group of contenders. Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, USC and LSU were all vying for his commitment.
Williams' high school teammate, Joshua Casher, is also an Auburn commitment. Both Casher and Williams are being recruited by Auburn assistant, and Mobile native, Dameyune Craig.
Williams' commitment starts an important month for head coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers. Also on tap for May is the possible commitment of DE Justin Thornton on Sunday and the popular "Big Cat Weekend," which will take place on May 24 to 26.
Following a visit to Auburn on Tuesday, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn offered top JUCO safety Derrick Moncrief, according to Bryan Matthews of Auburn Undercover.
Moncrief, originally from Prattville, Ala., played last year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He recorded 46 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2012.
Out of high school, Moncrief committed to Southern Miss when current defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was the head coach for the Golden Eagles.
Auburn target Justin Thornton will make his college choice on Sunday, May 12 at his church in Mobile, Ala. He will choose between Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M. He announced his plans on Twitter:
I will make my decision at 10:00 Sunday Morning at my Church (Walls of Salvation)— Justin Thornton #4 (@JTbigdreams6) May 7, 2013
Thornton is a 4-star DE and is considered one of the top five players in the state of Alabama, according to 247sports.
Tre' Williams, a 4-star LB out of St. Paul's Episcopal in Mobile, Ala. will announce his college decision on Wednesday, May 8 at 4:15 p.m. EST, according to Bryan Matthews of Auburn Undercover:
He will decide between Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and Southern California.
Auburn is making a big push in the Mobile, Ala. area in terms of recruiting. Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig is a Mobile, Ala. native and had a lot of success in the area as a coach at Florida State. Two of Auburn's four commitments are from Mobile.
Williams has visited Auburn three times since February and is expected to be in town during the final weekend of May for Auburn's "Big Cat Weekend."
Landing Williams will be a big pickup for the Tigers early on in the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Elisha Shaw, a 4-star defensive tackle out of Tucker High School in Tucker, Ga. announced on Twitter that he will be attending Auburn's "Big Cat Weekend" May 24-26. Shaw is considered to be leaning toward Alabama, according to 247Sports.com.
Recruiting for the 2014 signing class has begun in earnest for the Auburn Tigers coaching staff. Auburn has already held a couple of junior days and has garnered a few commitments.
Kamryn Pettway, a 3-star RB from Prattville, Ala., got things rolling for the 2014 class when he committed in early March. Auburn also has a commitment from Joshua Casher, one of the nation's top-ranked centers. TE Chris Laye and LB De'Shaun Davis have also joined the list of prospects who have verbally pledged to the Tigers.
This weekend, Auburn is hosting the nation's top overall prospect in DE Da'Shawn Hand. It is interesting to note that Hand's high school coach is former Auburn LB Karibi Dede.
WAR EAGLE! twitter.com/TheHand54/stat…— Da'shawn Hand (@TheHand54) May 4, 2013
Coming up, Auburn is hosting the fifth annual "Big Cat Weekend," where it will bring in the top targets on its wish list. Many of these targets are among the top prospects in the country.
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