Auburn Tigers' 2014 National Signing Day Wish List
The Auburn Tigers already have 21 spots accounted for in its 2014 signing class—including five early enrollees and 16 verbal commitments—leaving just four openings for the Auburn coaching staff to work with as national signing day approaches.
Still, Auburn could make big moves with those last four spots, and after the Tigers' late-season success and run to the BCS National Championship Game, the coaching staff is in position to do just that.
Gus Malzahn and his team have already put together one of the nation's best signing classes, but there are a few big names out there with their national letters of intent still up for grabs.
The Tigers could make even more noise on the national scene Feb. 5 if they can land some of the athletes still left on their wish list.
Five-star outside linebacker Rashaan Evans is one of the most versatile defensive prospects in the country—and he's just the type of player that could come in and have an immediate impact in defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 system.
Evans recently narrowed his remaining collegiate choices down to three, per Matt Scalici of AL.com, and Auburn remains right in the thick of it.
For the Tigers to keep the 6'3", 220-pound prospect from Auburn High close to home, they'll have to beat out UCLA and archrival Alabama.
Evans is set to visit Alabama on Jan. 17 and Auburn a week later on Jan. 24.
Andrew Williams is a 4-star weak-side defensive end prospect from nearby Mcdonough, Ga.
With or without Evans, Williams has a shot at coming in and becoming part of one of the best young defensive line units in the Southeastern Conference—built by the talent already committed to Auburn this recruiting season and the studs from the 2013 signing class that are already making things happen on the Plains.
If Auburn can land Williams, his addition could make Auburn's defensive line not only one of the most talented in the SEC, but in the entire country in the next few years.
Williams visits Auburn on Jan. 17, Ole Miss on Jan. 24 and Clemson on Jan. 31.
Braden Smith, a 4-star guard from Olathe, Kan., is rated as the nation's seventh-best guard by 247Sports and as the state of Kansas' top overall prospect.
As of now, the Tigers don't have any commits from any offensive line prospects from the high school ranks in the class of 2014—hauling in only center junior college transfer Xavier Dampeer as an early enrollee.
If Smith picks Auburn, he could bring instant competition and added depth to the guard position—especially at left guard, where the Tigers have been solid but young.
Before national signing day, Smith is set to visit Auburn on Jan. 17, Texas A&M on Jan. 24 and TCU on Jan. 31.
Four-star JUCO offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood is another talented player that could bring instant depth and competition to the Auburn offensive line.
Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson has left for the NFL draft—and while the Tigers are still talented at the position, a player like Prestwood could compete for the starting spot or, if nothing else, add solid depth at the position.
Prestwood was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, when he originally signed with Florida State—and a coaching staff that included now-Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Four-star defensive tackle Elisha Shaw is another big name that the Auburn coaches have their sights set on in hopes of adding even more talent to their defensive line.
Shaw was set to announce his commitment during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but 6'4.5", 295-pound prospect has delayed that announcement—meaning Auburn could well be in the thick of the fight for his services.