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Auburn's top safety targets in the 2019 recruiting class

Updated Feb 27, 8:03 AM; Posted Feb 27, 8:00 AM

Four-star safety Jaylen McCollough took a midweek visit to Auburn last week. (Photo courtesy 247Sports)(247Sports)

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By Tom Green

tgreen@al.com

With Auburn's 2018 recruiting class signed and in the books, it's time to get familiar with a new batch of prospects. Over the next several days, AL.com will provide position-by-position look at Auburn's top targets in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Today, we're analyzing the safety position.

TOP SAFETY TARGET

Jaylen McCollough (6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Powder Springs, Ga.)

McCollough is a four-star prospect and the No. 4 safety in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He's a top-75 recruit nationally, and he already has offers from most major programs--Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, among others. That list includes Auburn, which hosted McCollough on a midweek visit last week. According to SEC Country, the trip allowed for more one-on-one time between McCollough and the Tigers' coaching staff, and the No. 9 player in Georgia said he plans to take one of his official visits to Auburn before making a decision this fall prior to the start of his senior season.

2 MORE TO WATCH

Cortez Andrews (6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Tallahassee, Fla.)

Andrews is a four-star prospect who is rated as the No. 21 safety in the class and the No. 40 overall player in Florida. He holds offers from 15 programs, including Auburn and Alabama. Andrews was on campus earlier this month for the Tigers' first junior day, but public perception is that Alabama is the favorite to land him when all is said and done.

Jalyn Phillips (6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Phillips is a four-star safety out of Georgia who has yet to be offered by the Tigers, though he made a trip to Auburn earlier this month for junior day and has been to multiple games and summer camps. He's rated as the No. 30 safety in the nation and No. 40 recruit in Georgia, and he already holds 53 offers, including Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson.

IN-STATE GLANCE

The top safety in Alabama resides in Auburn's backyard: four-star Lanett prospect Trikweze Bridges, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder who is the No. 11 player in the state and was on campus earlier this month for junior day but has yet to receive an offer from the Tigers. Next up is three-star Central-Phenix City safety Ray Thornton, a 6-2, 195-pounder who holds offers from Duke, South Alabama and Mississippi State.

Looking ahead to Auburn's current safeties in 2018

Jeremiah Dinson, redshirt junior; Daniel Thomas, junior; Jordyn Peters, sophomore.

2018 safety signees

Quindarious Monday, four-star (Atlanta); Jamien Sherwood, four-star (Jensen Beach, Fla.); Kolbi Fuqua, three-star (Cordova).

Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.

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why have we not offered Trikweze Bridges yet? he is the top safety in alabama as the article says and we have not offerd yet. is there some other things about him that might concern auburn?

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TAMU is killing it at Safety right now.  We need at least another 2 studs in this class, preferably 3.

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"The top safety in Alabama resides in Auburn's backyard: four-star Lanett prospect Trikweze Bridges, " Offer him! Sign him! He's automatic all-name team for four years! Trickweze is a MUST-HAVE!

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12 hours ago, Mikey said:

"The top safety in Alabama resides in Auburn's backyard: four-star Lanett prospect Trikweze Bridges, " Offer him! Sign him! He's automatic all-name team for four years! Trickweze is a MUST-HAVE!

We are waiting on a five star that will sign with bama or thuga and leave us hanging. And how do you pronounce his name?

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10 hours ago, AU80cruiser said:

I believe Lanetts coach is an ex-auburn high assistant. Probably doesnt bode well for us, ha.

This is going to depend on whether a kid from there considers attending Auburn is "going away to college" or not. That's the main problem with Auburn High kids, they want to get away and into a new environment. I understand, I got away from home at that age as well. In years past we've had some fine players from the Valley area, but that was back before the interstate was built. :)

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