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Crystal Ball projections for Auburn targets

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Auburn hopes the 2020 recruiting class is as solid as the others of the Gus Malzahn era. After making the top 10 of the final 247Sports recruiting team rankings for each of his first five seasons as coach, Auburn now has finished just outside of it the past two cycles. That said, those classes for the most part still were really strong. Proof of that comes in 1. the average rating per commit, 2. the number of true freshmen who contributed in 2018 and 3. the potential difference-makers in the 2019 class, starting with 5-star quarterback Bo Nix.

The 2020 cycle is in full swing and already Auburn has gained a handful of pledges and handed out a bunch of offers. By our count, more than 200 recruits claim them.

As of Thursday, the Tigers hold seven commitments, and the No. 15 class ranking.

This class has an average rating per commit is 88.02, which is just below the 90.00 threshold for a 4-star average. It's down significantly from the 2019 class, when that number stood at 91.16. One thing to consider, though: Auburn’s average rating is being crushed right now by the 80.00 score that's currently attached to junior college offensive tackle commit Jonathan Buskey. 247Sports and the other sites used for the 247Sports Composite have yet to dig too deep into the junior college ratings. Once they do, Buskey's score is likely to shoot up.

With the Crystal Ball, media members predict where top recruits will land. Even though it's early in the cycle, today we take a look at what the chatter is about some top Auburn targets.

Quandarrius Robinson, DE, Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin: Not much has changed since our last update in March. It's still very close. To recap, Robinson committed to Auburn last summer then de-committed in January. Many assumed at the time he was all Alabama. But, according to a source close to him (and to Robinson), Auburn remains very much in the picture. He has visited Auburn four times already this year and called it "home" last Saturday after attending A-Day. For now, our pick remains on Auburn, but it could go either way. Robinson isn't expected to have a final decision for awhile -- possibly after the 2019 season. If that holds and Auburn has a good season, that might help the Tigers some. 

Kobe Pryor, RB, Cedartown (Ga.): There still is only one Crystal Ball pick for Pyror -- and it's now on "foggy." It's mine. I first logged a selection for Auburn on March 7. At the time, the Tigers had emerged as the team to beat for the 3-star back from Georgia. But now, Clemson has really surged as a strong candidate. Also, there's a chance Georgia could offer this spring. If that happens, the Bulldogs probably would become the favorite. Finally, it seems other targets have risen on the Auburn board. All it all up and there's a lot of uncertainty with this recruitment.

Lawrance Toafili, RB, Pinellas Park (Fla.): FSU has a huge lead in the Crystall ball but Toafili recently made his first visit to Auburn and that has the Tigers very much in the mix. He spent three days at Auburn and much of that time was around running backs coach Cadillac Williams. Afterward, Toafili said he'd be back to Auburn soon -- probably in June.

Rodney Groce, LB, Pleasant Grove (Ala.): Despite the fact both Alabama and Tennessee offered earlier this year Auburn continues to lead and the Tigers seem to be trending big. The 3-star backer goes back and forth on his commitment timeframe, but said last weekend he plans to do someone not long after his school completes spring practice in May. He's certainly someone to watch and probably will visit Auburn again soon.

Tate Johnson, OL, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway: Auburn offered Johnson in March and he now has visited the Tigers three times in the past three weeks, including twice last week alone. That has Auburn rising in our opinion. In fact, our current intel suggests the Tigers have emerged as the favorite -- even though FSU has the Crystal Ball lead. Don't be surprised if that's in Auburn favor at some point in the near future. Georgia Tech also is heavily involved. Also, visits are forthcoming to Alabama and Georgia.

John Young, OT, Christian Academy of Louisville (Kent.): Young, a 4-star recruit, will announce his decision April 29. Auburn thinks it has a shot And, Young told us earlier this week the Tigers still were very much in it. That said, a source close to another school heavily involved in this recruitment told us Kentucky and Louisville were the programs to watch. Right now, the Wildcats are the favorite, Georgia and Ohio State also have recruited Young. Most of the chatter right now is about Kentucky.

Tank Bigsby, RB, Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway: South Carolina seems to have some momentum in this recruitment and that is reflected in the Crystal Ball. Bigsby is one of Auburn's top running back targets and he visited the Tigers again last week. In turn, they have been to his school multiple times. That said, the Gamecocks are trending at the moment. Georgia is another team to watch here, especially if the Bulldogs go full throttle. While Bigsby seems to be high on Auburn, there is far more chatter about South Carolina at this time. Tennessee now has entered the mix. This one could go in a number of directions.

E.J. Williams, WR, Phenix City (Ala.) Central: Clemson has been trending for awhile here. That's largely do to the great job that program has done recruiting him. But at Auburn, there certainly isn't any need to panic. The Tigers already have the top-rated receivers in the 247Sports rankings in Alabama (J.J. Evans) and Georgia (Kobe Hudson) committed. Auburn is continuing to recruit Williams, but also is pursuing other receivers with his body type. He will officially visit Auburn in June.

Eric Shaw, ATH, Notasulga (Ala.) Reeltown: Only one pick is in thus far -- it's for Auburn -- and it belongs to me. Shaw, who could play on either side of the ball (receiver, defensive line, buck, linebacker) is an exceptional athlete who has garnered serious attention (and offers) from the likes of Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech among others, seems enamored with the local school (Auburn). If the Tigers push, they could be hard to beat. That's our thinking with this prediction.

Cameron Riley, LB, Evergreen (Ala.) Hillcrest: I put in a Crystal Ball to Auburn for last weekend. Here's my thinking behind this pick: Auburn's recruitment of Riley has gone up a few notches so far this year. In fact, the Tigers are full throttle right now. They want the 6-feet-3.5, 207-pound 4-star recruit in the class and are making him feel like a priority. Mississippi State has done a really nice job here, no question. But pulling an in-state kid from the Tigers won't be easy. Oklahoma and Texas A&M are recruiting at a high level, so the fact Riley plans to officially visit each this summer is a concern. But he has visited Auburn more than anywhere else, feels at home there and has grown close with both linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Our sources tell us the Tigers think they're in a fairly good spot, but know there remains work to be done to land Riley's commitment.

Ladarius Tennison, LB, Rockledge (Fla.): Tennison, a 4-star athlete from 247Sports, de-committed from Miami last week. That comes after a visit to Auburn in late March. People have talked about Clemson being a contender, but it appears as though that program is recruiting others harder at the moment. Meantime, Auburn likes the 5-feet-9, 193-pound standout a lot. He'd probably be a nickel with the Tigers. Auburn is trending up and the confidence level with the Tigers is said to be growing. Our pick is in for the Tigers at this time.

Chris Thompson Jr., S, Duncanville (Texas): The top-100 recruit is projected to in-state Texas by the Crystal Ball, but his interest in Auburn seems to be growing. He visited the Tigers for the first time last weekend and plans to return for an official visit, probably in the fall. Auburn is expected to visit him next week. What kind of shot does Auburn have? It's too soon to known.

Phillip Webb, Sugar Hill (Ga.) Lanier: Clemson is the Crystal Ball favorite, but it seems as though that program no longer is a factor. Some think Auburn and Alabama have emerged as the teams to watch. Webb made his third visit to Auburn last weekend and seemed to be impressed by the program's linebackers. He's in no hurry to pick a school so this one could drag on for awhile.

Desmond Tisdol, Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County: South Carolina leads in the Crystal Ball and after he visited the Gamecocks earlier this month Tisdol put them back on top over Auburn. He plans to visit the Tigers sometime in the near future and potentially have a commitment decision this summer. This one still could go either way. Our pick is on Auburn at the moment, but we could certainly see him ending up with the 'Cocks, who have made him a major priority.

Jayion McCluster, LB, Largo (Fla.): FSU has a huge lead in the Crystal Ball but following a recent visit to Auburn, McCluster said the Tigers had moved into his top group. Miami possibly is another team to watch. Right now, FSU would be our pick, but McCluster plans to visit Auburn again in June. We'll know more about the Tigers' chances after that trip.

Andy Boykin, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County: Boykin committed to Auburn in 2017 then backed off that pledge last year. Today, Auburn is very much in the mix, especially after he recently took an extended trip there. Alabama is another program to watch. Tennessee, too. It wouldn't be a shock to see him end up back in the class.

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Myles Murphy, DE, Power Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove: Clemson is a heavy Crystal Ball favorite to land the 5-star defender. Sources continue to say Auburn is his No. 2 and he has visited the Plains twice this year. The Auburn staff knows its work is cut out, but Murphy isn't expected to announce a decision until late in the summer. That said, the way Clemson is recruiting, it will be tough to beat here.

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Great update for folks like me who don't track this daily.   THanks!!

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Clemson is becoming a recruiting juggernaut. Their rise is really hurting AU in recruiting. They seem to be a mix of AU family feel and Alabama results on the field.

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39 minutes ago, CR said:

Clemson is becoming a recruiting juggernaut. Their rise is really hurting AU in recruiting. They seem to be a mix of AU family feel and Alabama results on the field.

Yeah they can play any card that they want and sell it well. Want to be the villain or the targeted,come to Clemson. Want a family like football team that loves Jesus and sweet tea, come to Clemson. Want to stomp Bama in the CFP championship despite having multiple players nailed with steroids, come to Clemson. NFL? Come on. Wide Receivers? come on. The only thing they can’t sell is originality given much of their campus, colors, athletic dorms, and their phrase “All In” are all ripped from Auburn in some way. 

 

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34 minutes ago, CR said:

Clemson is becoming a recruiting juggernaut. Their rise is really hurting AU in recruiting. They seem to be a mix of AU family feel and Alabama results on the field.

This is PERFECTLY put fam!!! There is nothing quite more disheartening when it comes to our football program than seeing our little brother become THE IT school in college football now. They are the cool school the "swag" school and the family school all rolled in to one. Dabo is pushing all the right buttons off the field which is obviously aided by his results on the field. They have had great-elite college QB play since Tahj Boyd in 2011. They have not had a drop off and it is no coincidence that is when their rise started. Dabo has basically took what Chizik was trying to do with all the catchy slogans and the vibe around the program but obviously has taken it to a elite level and perfected it. 

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Auburn was in position to be that school after 2010 and Chiz somehow drove it into the ditch.  Unreal how that happened.  Chiz took himself too seriously.  Dabo does not.  

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16 hours ago, CR said:

Clemson is becoming a recruiting juggernaut. Their rise is really hurting AU in recruiting. They seem to be a mix of AU family feel and Alabama results on the field.

Clemson has perfected that niche!  They are what Auburn should be!

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20 hours ago, aubiefifty said:

247sports.com

Crystal Ball projections for Auburn targets

ByKeith Niebuhr

10-12 minutes

 

 

Easter-themed college football helmet concepts

VIP

The 30 Most Wanted for 2020

Quandarrius Robinson. (Photo: Keith Niebuhr , 247Sports)

Auburn hopes the 2020 recruiting class is as solid as the others of the Gus Malzahn era. After making the top 10 of the final 247Sports recruiting team rankings for each of his first five seasons as coach, Auburn now has finished just outside of it the past two cycles. That said, those classes for the most part still were really strong. Proof of that comes in 1. the average rating per commit, 2. the number of true freshmen who contributed in 2018 and 3. the potential difference-makers in the 2019 class, starting with 5-star quarterback Bo Nix.

The 2020 cycle is in full swing and already Auburn has gained a handful of pledges and handed out a bunch of offers. By our count, more than 200 recruits claim them.

As of Thursday, the Tigers hold seven commitments, and the No. 15 class ranking.

This class has an average rating per commit is 88.02, which is just below the 90.00 threshold for a 4-star average. It's down significantly from the 2019 class, when that number stood at 91.16. One thing to consider, though: Auburn’s average rating is being crushed right now by the 80.00 score that's currently attached to junior college offensive tackle commit Jonathan Buskey. 247Sports and the other sites used for the 247Sports Composite have yet to dig too deep into the junior college ratings. Once they do, Buskey's score is likely to shoot up.

With the Crystal Ball, media members predict where top recruits will land. Even though it's early in the cycle, today we take a look at what the chatter is about some top Auburn targets.

Quandarrius Robinson, DE, Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin: Not much has changed since our last update in March. It's still very close. To recap, Robinson committed to Auburn last summer then de-committed in January. Many assumed at the time he was all Alabama. But, according to a source close to him (and to Robinson), Auburn remains very much in the picture. He has visited Auburn four times already this year and called it "home" last Saturday after attending A-Day. For now, our pick remains on Auburn, but it could go either way. Robinson isn't expected to have a final decision for awhile -- possibly after the 2019 season. If that holds and Auburn has a good season, that might help the Tigers some. 

Kobe Pryor, RB, Cedartown (Ga.): There still is only one Crystal Ball pick for Pyror -- and it's now on "foggy." It's mine. I first logged a selection for Auburn on March 7. At the time, the Tigers had emerged as the team to beat for the 3-star back from Georgia. But now, Clemson has really surged as a strong candidate. Also, there's a chance Georgia could offer this spring. If that happens, the Bulldogs probably would become the favorite. Finally, it seems other targets have risen on the Auburn board. All it all up and there's a lot of uncertainty with this recruitment.

Lawrance Toafili, RB, Pinellas Park (Fla.): FSU has a huge lead in the Crystall ball but Toafili recently made his first visit to Auburn and that has the Tigers very much in the mix. He spent three days at Auburn and much of that time was around running backs coach Cadillac Williams. Afterward, Toafili said he'd be back to Auburn soon -- probably in June.

Rodney Groce, LB, Pleasant Grove (Ala.): Despite the fact both Alabama and Tennessee offered earlier this year Auburn continues to lead and the Tigers seem to be trending big. The 3-star backer goes back and forth on his commitment timeframe, but said last weekend he plans to do someone not long after his school completes spring practice in May. He's certainly someone to watch and probably will visit Auburn again soon.

Tate Johnson, OL, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway: Auburn offered Johnson in March and he now has visited the Tigers three times in the past three weeks, including twice last week alone. That has Auburn rising in our opinion. In fact, our current intel suggests the Tigers have emerged as the favorite -- even though FSU has the Crystal Ball lead. Don't be surprised if that's in Auburn favor at some point in the near future. Georgia Tech also is heavily involved. Also, visits are forthcoming to Alabama and Georgia.

John Young, OT, Christian Academy of Louisville (Kent.): Young, a 4-star recruit, will announce his decision April 29. Auburn thinks it has a shot And, Young told us earlier this week the Tigers still were very much in it. That said, a source close to another school heavily involved in this recruitment told us Kentucky and Louisville were the programs to watch. Right now, the Wildcats are the favorite, Georgia and Ohio State also have recruited Young. Most of the chatter right now is about Kentucky.

Tank Bigsby, RB, Hoganville (Ga.) Callaway: South Carolina seems to have some momentum in this recruitment and that is reflected in the Crystal Ball. Bigsby is one of Auburn's top running back targets and he visited the Tigers again last week. In turn, they have been to his school multiple times. That said, the Gamecocks are trending at the moment. Georgia is another team to watch here, especially if the Bulldogs go full throttle. While Bigsby seems to be high on Auburn, there is far more chatter about South Carolina at this time. Tennessee now has entered the mix. This one could go in a number of directions.

E.J. Williams, WR, Phenix City (Ala.) Central: Clemson has been trending for awhile here. That's largely do to the great job that program has done recruiting him. But at Auburn, there certainly isn't any need to panic. The Tigers already have the top-rated receivers in the 247Sports rankings in Alabama (J.J. Evans) and Georgia (Kobe Hudson) committed. Auburn is continuing to recruit Williams, but also is pursuing other receivers with his body type. He will officially visit Auburn in June.

Eric Shaw, ATH, Notasulga (Ala.) Reeltown: Only one pick is in thus far -- it's for Auburn -- and it belongs to me. Shaw, who could play on either side of the ball (receiver, defensive line, buck, linebacker) is an exceptional athlete who has garnered serious attention (and offers) from the likes of Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech among others, seems enamored with the local school (Auburn). If the Tigers push, they could be hard to beat. That's our thinking with this prediction.

Cameron Riley, LB, Evergreen (Ala.) Hillcrest: I put in a Crystal Ball to Auburn for last weekend. Here's my thinking behind this pick: Auburn's recruitment of Riley has gone up a few notches so far this year. In fact, the Tigers are full throttle right now. They want the 6-feet-3.5, 207-pound 4-star recruit in the class and are making him feel like a priority. Mississippi State has done a really nice job here, no question. But pulling an in-state kid from the Tigers won't be easy. Oklahoma and Texas A&M are recruiting at a high level, so the fact Riley plans to officially visit each this summer is a concern. But he has visited Auburn more than anywhere else, feels at home there and has grown close with both linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Our sources tell us the Tigers think they're in a fairly good spot, but know there remains work to be done to land Riley's commitment.

Ladarius Tennison, LB, Rockledge (Fla.): Tennison, a 4-star athlete from 247Sports, de-committed from Miami last week. That comes after a visit to Auburn in late March. People have talked about Clemson being a contender, but it appears as though that program is recruiting others harder at the moment. Meantime, Auburn likes the 5-feet-9, 193-pound standout a lot. He'd probably be a nickel with the Tigers. Auburn is trending up and the confidence level with the Tigers is said to be growing. Our pick is in for the Tigers at this time.

Chris Thompson Jr., S, Duncanville (Texas): The top-100 recruit is projected to in-state Texas by the Crystal Ball, but his interest in Auburn seems to be growing. He visited the Tigers for the first time last weekend and plans to return for an official visit, probably in the fall. Auburn is expected to visit him next week. What kind of shot does Auburn have? It's too soon to known.

Phillip Webb, Sugar Hill (Ga.) Lanier: Clemson is the Crystal Ball favorite, but it seems as though that program no longer is a factor. Some think Auburn and Alabama have emerged as the teams to watch. Webb made his third visit to Auburn last weekend and seemed to be impressed by the program's linebackers. He's in no hurry to pick a school so this one could drag on for awhile.

Desmond Tisdol, Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County: South Carolina leads in the Crystal Ball and after he visited the Gamecocks earlier this month Tisdol put them back on top over Auburn. He plans to visit the Tigers sometime in the near future and potentially have a commitment decision this summer. This one still could go either way. Our pick is on Auburn at the moment, but we could certainly see him ending up with the 'Cocks, who have made him a major priority.

Jayion McCluster, LB, Largo (Fla.): FSU has a huge lead in the Crystal Ball but following a recent visit to Auburn, McCluster said the Tigers had moved into his top group. Miami possibly is another team to watch. Right now, FSU would be our pick, but McCluster plans to visit Auburn again in June. We'll know more about the Tigers' chances after that trip.

Andy Boykin, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County: Boykin committed to Auburn in 2017 then backed off that pledge last year. Today, Auburn is very much in the mix, especially after he recently took an extended trip there. Alabama is another program to watch. Tennessee, too. It wouldn't be a shock to see him end up back in the class.

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Myles Murphy, DE, Power Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove: Clemson is a heavy Crystal Ball favorite to land the 5-star defender. Sources continue to say Auburn is his No. 2 and he has visited the Plains twice this year. The Auburn staff knows its work is cut out, but Murphy isn't expected to announce a decision until late in the summer. That said, the way Clemson is recruiting, it will be tough to beat here.

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Robinson, Groce, Johnson, Tank, Riley, Webb and Murphy are all in play big time. Even for Tank & Murphy. Gus has to preform on the field. Could be a damn good class with some elite talent.

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1 hour ago, AUpreacherman22 said:

Clemson has perfected that niche!  They are what Auburn should be!

Also, Dabo is an exciting character (no this isn’t not a shot at Gus). I can tell why players want to have him as their coach. The biggest thing for us is we need to be consistent. You can be a prick (Belichik, Saban, POP) but if you win, guys will want to play for you.

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54 minutes ago, auburn4ever said:

Maybe we will try to hire Dabo for 2020.

Maybe we try to support Gus for 2019 first. 

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15 minutes ago, augolf1716 said:

I'm thinking Bill Belichick I heard he's pretty good

At least we'd have a guy with a personality and who is forthcoming with injury information. 

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On 4/24/2019 at 1:40 PM, augolf1716 said:

I'm thinking Bill Belichick I heard he's pretty good

50/50!

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On 4/24/2019 at 12:11 PM, auburn4ever said:

Maybe we will try to hire Dabo for 2020.

50/50!! or maybe .0001/99.999!!

 

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On 4/21/2019 at 4:39 PM, aujeff11 said:

Yeah they can play any card that they want and sell it well. Want to be the villain or the targeted,come to Clemson. Want a family like football team that loves Jesus and sweet tea, come to Clemson. Want to stomp Bama in the CFP championship despite having multiple players nailed with steroids, come to Clemson. NFL? Come on. Wide Receivers? come on. The only thing they can’t sell is originality given much of their campus, colors, athletic dorms, and their phrase “All In” are all ripped from Auburn in some way. 

 

Actually Clemson had the “All In” prior to Auburn. Dabo started that early on in his tenure. Chiz picked it up and ran with it. 

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All In" comes from Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes: used the phrase when discussing Colossians 3:23. Tim Jackson took the phrase from that meeting and turned it into a marketing campaign for the students and fans.

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If we had a real head fooball coach, we would be as good as Alabama and Clemson has been during the past 4 to 5 years.

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13 hours ago, auburn4ever said:

If we had a real head fooball coach, we would be as good as Alabama and Clemson has been during the past 4 to 5 years.

Never have been and never will be on a consistent basis.  And we've had some real head football coaches.  We've had our highs but they were followed by lows.

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