Auburn Football Recruiting: In-State Prospects Tigers Can't Let Slip Away
Auburn recruits throughout the South, but they know their biggest fights always happen with in-state rival Alabama over prospects inside the state. This year will be more of the same, as the Tigers and Crimson Tide are set battle for several in-state targets Auburn can't let slip away.
Auburn finished with the No. 6 recruiting class in the country in 2014, according to 247Sports. Head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff have established themselves as dangerous recruiters to all of their foes, including the school in Tuscaloosa.
However, the Tigers have to do all they can to make sure a 5-star defensive tackle comes to The Plains. A talented 4-star running back/safety is another big priority, while a pair of linebackers would help the defense.
Richard McBryde, LB
Richard McBryde is a 4-star linebacker from Troy who can play outside or inside. At 6'2" and 210 pounds, he is a bit small, but McBryde plays with solid strength at the point of attack.
He fills inside alleys quickly thanks to great first-step quickness, and he can help in coverage. The Alabama native has the ability to press tight ends tight to the line before carrying them around the field in coverage.
Look for his decision to come down to Auburn versus Alabama.
Tyler Carr, OL
Another in-state prospect Auburn must stay on is Tyler Carr, an offensive lineman from Gadsden. The 4-star blocker is a 6'5", 311-pounder who will be able to play tackle or guard in college.
Carr uses his long arms and solid strength to control rushers as a pass-protector, and he has the toughness and short-area quickness to hold his own inside as a guard.
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Vanderbilt are a few schools out in front for Carr, says 247Sports.
Darrell Williams, OLB
Having an athletic defense is critical in the SEC, as defenders need to have great speed and quickness to dominate the field.
Darrell Williams has the athletic ability to fit in well in the conference, which is why he's coveted by several SEC programs. At 6'3", Williams looks bigger than the 205 pounds he's listed at. He has ideal short-area quickness to close on ball-carriers, as well as the ability to stick with tight ends and running backs on passing plays.
Auburn and Alabama are the Birmingham native's top suitors, according to 247Sports.
Kerryon Johnson, ATH
Hailing from Madison, Kerryon Johnson is one of the best players in Alabama. He's a powerful athlete who can impact the game on both sides of the ball.
Johnson can bully his way through holes as a running back, while also showing off quick feet and solid vision. He has the speed to race upfield, and he also can break tackles. As a safety, Johnson has no problem rolling into the box and working as an extra enforcer.
He can patrol on top of the defense, and he has good ball skills. Auburn is fighting with Alabama and Florida State for Johnson, according to 247Sports.
Daron Payne, DT
Daron Payne is a 5-star defensive tackle who can dominate the trenches. The Birmingham native is 6'2" and 316 pounds, and he plays like a giant at the point of attack.
Payne has great first-step quickness to quickly punch blockers at the snap. He then reads a play to see if it's a run or pass, showing sudden ball-location skills. Against a running play, Payne can sit and anchor with ease to make a mess in the middle.
He can push the pocket as a pass-rusher, and the big man has deceptive short-area quickness to finish on the quarterback. It's Alabama versus Auburn for him, per 247Sports.
Andrew Bone of AlabamaVarsity (Rivals.com) (subscription required) wrote on March 18: "This is an elite player in every aspect."