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Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Jaren Handy, who had previously been committed to LSU.

Handy (6'5/260) was committed to LSU for around three weeks before reopening his commitment at the end of March. In addition to considering the two Tigers, he also had interest in Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida and Louisville; among others. It's a strong add to the Auburn class, with Handy ranking eighth among strong-side defensive end in the 2019 group.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 18 - 2:34 PM

Auburn redshirt junior CB Javaris Davis allowed the fewest yards after catch among SEC CB's in 2017.

Davis also ranked first in Pro Football Focus' metric, yards per snap in coverage. Davis mixed in as a starter in 2017 and was able to make an impact, recording 29 tackles, two interceptions and forced fumble. He has previously been clocked running a 4.24s 40-yard dash using the Zybek timing system, making the speedster an intriguing player. He will look to play a bigger role heading into 2018.
Jun 15 - 2:20 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Darius Slayton has been clocked by the school at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Slayton had the fifth-best yards-per-catch in the nation last season with 29 receptions for 643 yards (22.2) and 5 touchdowns. A true field-stretcher, Slayton uses his speed as a means to "win" as a receiver. If he and QB Jarrett Stidham can develop a little more rapport, Slayton could be in for a big 2018.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 5:02 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes Auburn redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham should be "one of the top quarterbacks on draft boards next spring."

Brugler said both Oregon QB Justin Herbert and Stidham are "easily the two most talented and promising passers I've seen" in this upcoming draft class. He also notes, "The up-tempo style of the Auburn offense makes it tough for Stidham to develop his anticipation and touch as a downfield passer, but that is where scouts are hoping to see development in 2018." Stidham is a talented passer who's draft stock will largely rely on a productive upcoming season, with the upside to catapult himself into a top-5 selection in the 2019 draft.
Jun 12 - 11:18 AM
Bo Nix - QB - Tigers

Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell believes that Alabama four-star 2019 QB commit Bo Nix is the best quarterback in the 2019 class.

Farrell acknowledges what many others have; that this group of quarterbacks isn't a great class. Nix is far from the best of a bad situation, however. "Right now, for me, the top guy is Bo Nix because of all the things he can do on the field," Farrell writes. "He’s not only a very good pocket passer with accuracy and arm strength but he has solid size, he can extend the play and run when needed." If Jarrett Stidham does leave after this year as many expect, Nix could compete for the starting job when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
Source: Rivals
Jun 10 - 11:30 AM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Auburn five-star 2019 verbal LB commit Owen Pappoe to Alabama LB Dylan Moses.

"Pappoe is actually ahead of where Moses was at the same stage in terms of instincts for the position, but the measurables, speed and range are eerily similar," Luginbill writes, adding that "[b]oth players are uniquely gifted with physical traits you can’t coach." He notes that the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Auburn commit comes with a jetpack attached, repeatedly raving about his speed in his breakdown. Pappoe lands on the ESPN 300 at No. 8 overall for the 2019 cycle.
Jun 9 - 3:16 PM

Auburn four-star 2019 verbal WR commit George Pickens is taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend.

Rivals analyst Chad Simmons believes that Pickens remains firmly entrenched with Auburn, even as he's keeping his options open. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has been in the Tigers' corner since last July. Should another outfit jar him loose, Simmons sees Florida State, Alabama and Georgia (and not Michigan) as the main opposition for HC Gus Malzahn and staff. While the Wolverines look to have a considerable amount of work to do, here, they could certainly use Pickens' services. To date, they have yet to land a pledge from a wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class. For his part, Pickens slides into the Rivals rankings parade at No. 156 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jun 8 - 11:48 AM

Auburn senior WR Will Hastings caught 70 percent of "deep" passes in 2017 according to Pro Football Focus.

That percentage ranks at the top of returning players, and in this case a deep pass is a ball thrown 20-plus yards down the field. Unfortunately, the question is when the Tigers will be able to have Hastings ability to bring in the deep pass back in the offense, as he tore his ACL during spring practices. Gus Malzahn told reporters this spring that he hopes to have him back at some point this year, but there's a good chance we won't see the 5-foot-10, 167-pound playmaker back until the latter months -- if at all.
Jun 1 - 7:34 PM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 TE Luke Deal.

Deal (6'5/235) opted for the Tigers in the face of an offer list which included heavy hitters like Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson. The Greenwood, South Carolina, native makes for the first commitment in Auburn's 2019 class to come from a state other Alabama or Georgia. With his pledge, the program's now sitting at No. 18 overall on the Rivals team rankings board.
May 26 - 11:18 AM

Auburn signed four-star 2018 S Jamien Sherwood in December.

Sherwood was also an early enroll to the school, which could help him see the field early for the Tigers. The four-star safety was a long-time commit to the Tigers; committing in June of 2017. Reports indicate the 6-foot-2, 207-pound safety can make plays in the run game, but that he has the speed to also help in coverage. He could be a special teams contributor in 2018 that also gets a chance to play in the backfield during the fall as well.
Source: SEC Country
May 14 - 12:48 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough lists Auburn redshirt sophomore DE Nick Coe as the standout from their spring practices.

Coe was solid for the Tigers as a redshirt freshman, registering two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in his first year on the field with Auburn. "Coe, a former SEC All-Freshman player, took over A-Day with an MVP performance, providing another weapon on what could be the best line in the conference." Keep an eye on the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defender. He could be yet another star for the Auburn defense.
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 2:03 PM

Auburn RB coach Tim Horton said that redshirt freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow possesses "a lot of talent."

Whitlow (5'11/175) had himself something of an eye-opening spring, but still has work to do in terms of his consistency and his style of running. Horton notes that the redshirt freshman has a problematic tendency to dance around looking for the perfect lane at times and that he sometimes has a little too much faith that his speed will carry him through. The former three-star recruit is in line to potentially serve as backup to Kam Martin during the upcoming season.
Source: SEC Country
May 9 - 2:25 PM

Incoming Auburn freshman WR Anthony Schwartz set a Florida state record with a 100-meter dash time of 10.07 seconds.

Goodness gracious. Schwartz was seen by many as the fastest player in the class, but he appears to have taken things to another level by breaking the state record. He's been time in the 4.3 second range in the 40 yard dash, and watching highlights on him can be hilarious as he just runs past players in video. Auburn is going to have to find a way to get Schwartz the football, bet it on fly routes, special teams or gadget plays.
May 7 - 2:20 PM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 TE Tyler Fromm.

If that last name sounds familiar, yes, Fromm is the brother of Georgia starting quarterback Jake Fromm. The younger Fromm chooses Auburn over offers from schools like USC, Florida, Ole Miss and LSU; but didn't have an active offer from Georgia. He ranks as the 24th best tight end in the country in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 54th in the state of Georgia. It looks like the Fromm brothers will be facing off in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
May 7 - 11:55 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Auburn redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham as one of the "main attractions" of the 2019 quarterback class.

The others in that group? Missouri's Drew Lock and West Virginia's Will Grier. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound signal-caller made steps throughout the year, and he flashed his potential in big games, as Zierlein notes. "He could stand to add more weight to his frame, but he's tall with a solid arm and plus accuracy," he writes. "I expect Stidham to take a substantial leap forward if the Tigers' offensive line can protect him."
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 4:10 PM


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