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Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Auburn four-star WR Nate Craig-Myers' decision to "[turn] down North Carolina and its wide open offense is a bit odd."

On National Signing Day, Craig-Myers was down to UNC and Auburn, but chose to throw his lot in with the Tigers. Farrell questioned the 6-foot-3, 208-pound receiver's choice because of "the horrendous quarterback and offensive struggles [Auburn] had last year and the run-oriented offenses it has run when they’ve been successful." Those points are all fair enough, though they aren't deal-breakers as to whether Craig-Myers will find success. ESPN 300 ranks him their 37th overall recruit for the cycle, calling him "an ultra-talented, physically developed pass catcher." Beyond the pure talent, it's not impossible for a receiver to find success in Auburn's system (see: Coates, Sammie and Williams, Duke). They truly do need to shore up the quarterback situation, though.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 5 - 10:17 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that four-star QB Woody Barrett and three-star JUCO transfer QB John Franklin III will be part of a "wide open" quarterback competition.

Said Malzahn, "There are a lot of good options, and competition brings out the best in everybody, so I think all those guys are ready to roll their sleeves up and get ready to work." Included in "all those guys" would be junior Jeremy Johnson and redshirt freshman Sean White. As for the new names, Barrett's a natural athlete who lacks throwing polish, while Franklin's been clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. Barrett's the more highly thought of prospect on the whole, but unlike Franklin (who will participate in spring practice), he won't be on campus until August. Still, Malzahn indicated that he'll have a shot at the starting job, too.
Source: al.com
Feb 5 - 3:58 PM

Auburn signed four-star TE Landon Rice.

Rice actually signed with the Tigers in November of 2013. The Rome, Georgia, native evidently never had a doubt in his mind. ESPN 300 checks him in at No. 141 (No. 4 TE). At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, he already figures to represent a nice red zone target. Auburn won't be gaining a speedster here, but Rice is a big, physical tight end who should easily fill a safety blanket role.
Feb 5 - 1:15 PM

Four-star T Prince Sammons signed with Auburn.

Sammons actually faxed his letter of intent to Auburn earlier than expected, as his announcement wasn't schedule until 2:30 ET and he sent it off in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, you're just excited about life. Following a visit to the campus earlier in the cycle, his father, Brandon Sammons, indicated that they loved the coaching fit for the 6-foot-7, 266-pounder. The Tiger faithful shouldn't expect an immediate finished product, though--Sammons grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and remains exceedingly raw as a prospect. He often got by just on pure strength/athletic gift at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. We've seen Auburn coach a number of offensive linemen to NFL glory, which should bode well for Sammons' development.
Source: Rivals.com
Feb 3 - 5:37 PM

Auburn signed four-star WR Nate Craig-Myers.

Auburn had to sweat this one out. Craig-Myers was always committed to them, but opened up his recruitment and considered Florida State and Ole Miss before dropping them late. In the end, he chose the Tigers over North Carolina. Scout says he's the 52nd overall player in the class of 2016. ESPN pegs him No. 37 overall. "Craig is an ultra-talented, physically developed pass catcher who is willing to go up to pluck the ball," the site noted. "He has great quickness, which allows him to get up field after making the catch and make plays with the ball in his hands. Ball skills are very good."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 4:05 PM

Five-star DT Derrick Brown signed with Auburn.

Brown was the biggest National Signing Day unknown once Rashan Gary committed to Michigan. Auburn and Georgia were considered the major front-runners for his services until he ended the suspense and chose the Tigers. The No. 9 player in the ESPN 300, he's a 6-foot-4, 322-pounder offering a power attack. He also has the potential to play either as a defensive tackle or a defensive end at the collegiate level. ESPN 300 believes that so long as he can keep his pad level low, add a bit of weight and refine his technique, he could develop into a beast.
Feb 3 - 3:32 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Auburn T Shon Coleman "isn't a household name, but he could soar up the charts as the draft draws closer."

Brooks ranks Coleman as the fifth-best tackle prospect in the country. The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder was late to the starting game, as a leukemia diagnosis in 2010 and the existence of Greg Robinson worked to mostly keep him on the sidelines until he had the opportunity to start in 2014. While Brooks sees Coleman as a potential draft riser, his NFL Media colleague Gil Brandt has suggested that the big tackle might have been better off with another year in college. In a recent four-round mock draft, fellow draft analyst Chad Reuter slotted Coleman to the Bills with the 49th pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 9:23 PM

Auburn is "hopeful" junior S Tray Matthews (shoulder) will be available for the spring.

The school won’t know for sure for another couple weeks, but early signs are positive. Matthews underwent surgery on his right shoulder last week. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder appeared in 10 games with seven starts in his first season at Auburn after transferring over from Georgia, posting 46 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and two pass breakups.
Feb 2 - 2:56 PM

Four-star WR Eli Stove committed to Auburn in May.

Stove made visits to Miami and Florida in January, so Auburn might not quite be out of the woods yet. That aside, the 6-foot, 175-pound wideout is an "explosive space player capable of consistently winning footraces in the open field," according to ESPN 300. They rank him as the No. 113 recruit in the country, No. 14 at his position. He should fit in well with HC Gus Malzahn's occasionally pass-allergic stable of quarterbacks, as his speed allows him to make an impact on shorter routes and screens. ESPN's scouting department notes that he also has the physical talent to play safety at the next level, should the whole receiving thing not work out.
Feb 1 - 10:12 PM

Auburn junior S Tray Matthews underwent a surgical procedure on his right shoulder.

An Auburn spokesperson indicated that the team's hopeful that Matthews won't miss spring practice. Appearing in 10 games (seven starts) this past season, the 6-foot, 196-pound transfer from Georgia produced 46 tackles, a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble.
Source: al.com
Jan 31 - 1:59 PM

ESPN recruitment analyst Tom Luginbill noted that "there might not be a player with a higher ceiling in this class" than four-star T Prince Sammons.

Luginbill wrote that Sammons--who grew up playing soccer in Nigeria--offers "incredible size, strength and athleticism" and still has room to develop physically. At the same time, much of his success at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy came with using those beautiful physical gifts to drown opposing defensive linemen who simply weren't on the same level athletically. The refinement's not there. Yet. Wherever the 6-foot-7, 266-pounder ultimately lands (he's made official visits to Duke and Oregon), the coaching will need to apply a coat of "technical polish."
Jan 30 - 7:52 PM

ESPN recruitment analyst Tom Luginbill wrote that four-star Auburn QB commitment Woody Barrett "wowed scouts during the Under Armour Game practices with his physical tools that include a big, muscular frame and a powerful arm."

In addition to Barrett's natural athletic gifts in the arm, Luginbill noted that the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder was "athletic and elusive out of the pocket as well." But we're just talking about practice here. The game itself didn't go so smoothly, as Barrett's "poise in the pocket vanished and he became a runner first" after the lights went on. As Luginbill points out, though, Auburn's system offers a nice fit for a developmentally raw passer. Of late, "developmentally raw passers" are just about all the Tigers have been fielding.
Jan 30 - 4:48 PM

Auburn LB Kris Frost has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Frost was slated to begin his draft journey in last week's East-West Shrine Game, but he ultimately sat out the contest due to an unspecified "nagging injury." The 6-foot-2, 234-pound linebacker explained his decision not to play by saying, "Right now it's all about getting healthy and doing everything I can to put myself in the best position to test well and everything and do everything I can to make myself more appealing to the NFL scouts." He'll be appearing at the combine in Indianapolis along with fellow Auburn alums RB Peyton Barber and WR Ricardo Louis. You can expect several more Tigers to make the combine cut when the NFL releases the full list of names next week. CBS Sports ranks Frost as a potential seventh-round selection or possibly an undrafted free agent.
Source: al.com
Jan 29 - 3:14 PM

AL.com's Brandon Marcello reports that Auburn freshman RB Kerryon Johnson will miss an extended amount of spring practice following shoulder surgery.

While a spokesman for the university confirmed that Johnson had undergone a procedure of variety, they aren't completely ready to rule him out for the spring. This past season, the 6-foot, 195-pound freshman rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 52 carries. A former Mr. Football in the State of Alabama, Johnson figures to see expanded carries in the coming season with Peyton Barber heading to the NFL draft, though Jovon Robinson is still our favorite to see the bulk of carries. Roc Thomas is also in the mix here.
Source: al.com
Jan 26 - 6:44 PM

With a win against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, former Auburn QB Cam Newton would become the third starting quarterback to win titles at both the college and NFL levels.

Should Newton cap his magical season hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, he would be joining an elite club. And that's an understatement. The gunslingers who have titles (as starting quarterbacks) at both levels? They would be Joe Namath and Joe Montana. Newton's the epitome of how a talented college player can develop with a patient coaching staff and a team taking a long-term outlook.
Jan 25 - 9:01 PM


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