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Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson did not make Lance Zierlein's top 10 prospects at the position.

"I just need to see him do something. He's more of an urban legend than a guy you can count on to make plays at this point," the NFL.com writer tweeted. Zierlein's reasoning makes sense, as Lawson dealt with major injuries in both 2014 and 2015. However, we would make the argument that Lawson had the talent to be the No. 2 edge rusher in the 2016 NFL Draft if he elected to declare. That did not happen, as Lawson is set to return to college for one more season. More than sacks, Lawson likely needs to prove he can stay on the field. When in the lineup, Lawson impacts an offense on the edge and inside.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 9:04 AM

Auburn freshman RB Kameron Martin told SEC Country that he will have the opportunity to compete for carries this season.

"Nobody promised me playing time or anything but they told me I have the opportunity," Martin said. The four-star recruit was given a release from his Baylor NLI on Friday, quickly whittled his decision down to TCU and Auburn, then committed to the Tigers on Monday. He attempted to put the whole experience in perspective. "It’s just a blessing, man, because all of the stuff I’ve been going through these last few days with Baylor and the release part. I’m just glad I have a family at Auburn," the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder explained. Senior RB Jovon Robinson will be the starter for 2016, but after Roc Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State earlier this month, there should be room for Martin to be an early contributor assuming he can make a smooth transition to collegiate play.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 27 - 1:58 PM

Auburn and Penn State are scheduled for a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.

Penn State will host the Tigers on September 18, 2021, with Auburn returning the favor on September 17, 2022. This will be the first time that Auburn has ever played a Big Ten opponent during the regular season. Tigers AD Jay Jacobs said, "This is another great opportunity for our players and fans to be part of something special. Bringing together elite programs rich in tradition is what college football is all about."
Jun 27 - 12:29 PM

Former Baylor four-star 2016 RB Kameron Martin will sign with Auburn.

Martin picked Auburn over TCU have his release was granted by Baylor. Following his Auburn visit on Saturday, Martin said "My thing is, I just want to go somewhere where I can compete at the highest level. The SEC is the highest level." Auburn's running back depth has been questioned beyond the 2016 season, so this late signing certainly helps. To complicate matters, Martin apparently has a large Baylor tattoo on his left shoulder and arm.
Jun 27 - 8:08 AM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DE Justin Thomas-Thornton transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Thomas-Thornton announced his decision to transfer earlier on Sunday. We know where he is heading, now. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder played in just one game last season after redshirting in 2014. He ranked as Rivals No. 130 overall prospect for the '14 cycle.
Jun 26 - 7:40 PM

Auburn four-star 2017 ATH Malcolm Askew indicated that he plans on using all five of his official visits.

"I’m not going to visit any other SEC schools," Askew said, "but I’m going to take officials to probably Oklahoma, TCU, Miami, Cal and Auburn." The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder acknowledged that those other four squads were the only ones other than Auburn truly still in contention for his potential signature. Askew also explained how the Tigers have been approaching him since his commitment at the beginning of June, saying, "Auburn is just telling me to be the lead recruiter for us right now. Then, they’re telling me that they want me to come in play every position in the secondary." ESPN's scouting department believes that while Askew has potential as an offensive player, his highest upside could come at safety. He ranks as their No. 118 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 26 - 3:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DE Justin Thomas-Thornton will transfer.

Thomas-Thornton took to Twitter to announce his decision, but declined to offer any preferred landing destination. That should be known in the coming days and weeks. While he was a four-star recruit out of Vigor High for the 2014 cycle, he redshirted his freshman season and played in only one game during the 2015 campaign, against Louisville. Rivals ranked him as the No. 130 overall prospect for 2014, so it isn't inconceivable that he could still build up something of a career at another school. Should he keep his transfer within the FBS, he will be forced to sit out the 2016 season.
Jun 26 - 2:09 PM

Former Baylor four-star 2016 RB Kameron Martin is deciding between TCU and Auburn after being released from his National Letter of Intent.

Martin was released from his NLI on Friday, visited Auburn on Saturday and is visiting TCU on Sunday. Said the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, "I'll make a decision after my TCU official in the next few days. Probably Tuesday I'll have somewhere I'll say I'll go." The Horned Frogs have a tall task before them, as Martin came away from his Auburn visit gushing. He called it "amazing" and said, "My thing is, I just want to go somewhere where I can compete at the highest level. The SEC is the highest level."
Source: AL.com
Jun 26 - 12:25 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said, "Auburn athletics [are] strong" despite the fact that the school's three major sports programs were historically bad over the last academic year.

The football, men's basketball and baseball teams at Auburn combined for a winning percentage of just .410 last season. Their in-conference mark was even more horrifying at .269. The three programs combined to go 15-41 within the SEC. "Absolutely we have to do better" Jacobs acknowledged, "but I can tell you this: we’re not sparing any resources to give each of those coaches — those three and the other 12 — an opportunity to be successful." To be fair, Auburn has found recent success outside of the aforementioned three sports, with the women's equestrian team winning the national championship and the softball team finishing as runner-up to national champ Oklahoma in the last academic year.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 25 - 8:10 PM

Former Baylor four-star 2016 RB Kameron Martin is visiting Auburn and TCU this weekend.

Martin is one of five members of the 2016 class to receive releases from their letters of intent on Friday. He wasted no time in beginning to explore his options, with an official trip to Auburn on Saturday and another official to TCU set for Sunday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder initially committed to Baylor in the summer of 2014, but asked for a release from his NLI at the end of May after Baylor announced their intent to terminate HC Art Briles. 2017 QB Kellen Mond, who backed off his commitment from the Bears last month, is also eyeing Auburn, so the Tigers could be picking up a few nice pieces if both players end up in their paws.
Jun 25 - 5:02 PM

Auburn freshman QB Woody Barrett will enroll on June 29.

This according to Barrett's old head coach at West Orange High, Bob Head. Barrett apparently did not initially meet the SAT standards for enrollment at Auburn in January, but with a few months of studying, that has been rectified. SEC Country unsuccessfully attempted to reach the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder for comment, but he did tweet out "War Eagle [fire emoji, trophy emoji] see ya soon." Barrett is a long-shot to win the starting quarterbacking gig over the likes of Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III -- particularly given his delayed arrival -- but HC Gus Malzahn did say in February that he would be part of the competition.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 24 - 2:28 PM

An SEC defensive coach told ESPN that Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson is a "difference-maker on third down."

Lawson was beset by a hip injury last season and played in just seven games. The coach called his healthy return a "serious" help for the Tigers. "If you can get people to third-and-long, he can win," he said. "You have to put two people on him. With those other guys freed up, they can wind up winning." The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder ranks as Mel Kiper Jr.'s No. 22 overall prospect for next spring's draft, though that initial Big Board figures to change, perhaps radically, as the 2016 season unfolds.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:51 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert described Auburn four-star 2017 T Austin Troxell as a "towering tackle prospect who displays good hip and ankle flexion for a taller player."

Props to Haubert for dropping the term "ankle flexion" in his analysis. We approve. Troxell is, indeed, a bear of a man, measuring out at 6-foot-7, 275 pounds. ESPN 300 ranks him as their No. 84 overall recruit for 2017. Per Haubert, he could develop into "a tough, physical run-blocker [who] is capable of coming off with pad level, gaining physical leverage and pushing defenders off the ball." The analyst would like to see him shore up his technique. He will also need to pack on the pounds once he hits the Auburn weight room.
Jun 19 - 6:27 PM

Four-star 2017 T Austin Troxell committed to Auburn.

Troxell's experience at Big Cat Weekend earlier this month helped him finalize his decision. He opted to commit to the Tigers over Alabama, who had also been making a hard push for the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder's pledge. He ranks as ESPN 300's No. 84 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. The outlet notes that while Troxell "[c]an play with good pad level, [he] needs to improve lower body strength and knee drive at contact to generate and sustain better push." They don't necessarily see him as an immediate contributor, as he remains raw at this point in his development. Troxell said that now that he has committed to Auburn, he will not be making any future visits to other programs.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 18 - 6:53 PM

Auburn five-star 2017 T Calvin Ashley reaffirmed his allegiance to the Tigers.

Ashley attended Big Cat Weekend earlier in June and said, "It was a great weekend and it made my commitment stronger, 100 percent." "Big Cat" is an accurate enough way to describe Ashley, himself, as he measures out at 6-foot-7, 330 pounds. He admitted that Auburn's coaching staff was "nervous" about his peripheral interest in Florida -- he plans on visiting them for a second time later this summer -- but he told them "not to worry about it" and that he "love[s] Auburn." Scout.com notes that he has "[s]olid agility and mobility for a guy his size" and projects him as a left tackle at the collegiate level. The outlet ranks Ashley as their No. 27 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 14 - 2:40 PM


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