Auburn completed two of its three goals set during August, and the third appears to be on the cusp of happening.
The Tigers were able to beat out Alabama for a key in-state prospect (Asa Martin), which, in turn, created some much-needed momentum to end the summer. They weren’t able to reel in a pass rush target, but there are a few options who look poised to make that happen in September.
Here are the Tigers’ three new recruiting goals for September:
1. Secure a commitment from a pass rusher
This is a follow-up on the only unsuccessful task from the August to-do list.
There are a few prospects on Auburn’s recruiting board who would classify: Richard Jibunor, Andres Fox, Quay Walker, JJ Peterson, Zakoby McClain and others. So, there’s not necessarily a Buck linebacker specifically, but someone who could bring a pass-rushing threat to the class.
Jibunor is the clear favorite to fill this role. He visited for the Georgia Southern game, and it’s going to be pretty tough for Tennessee or Florida to stave off Auburn.
2. Get into the mix for a highly rated, off-the-radar target
Auburn is already in the game for several 5-star and 4-star prospects.
With that said, the Tigers might have more to gain than any other program with a strong start to the 2017 season. If Auburn can beat Clemson, Samford and Mississippi to cruise to a 4-0 start in September, the Tigers will likely pique the interest of the nation’s top recruits who were maybe hesitant to consider Auburn based on results from the last few seasons.
I’m not even going to offer specific names who this could affect, but when a team wins, it’s inevitable in recruiting. In other words, the Tigers’ football team has a major control over its recruiting right now.
3. Host 5-star quarterback Justin Fields on two visits
You might say: Isn’t one good enough?
But it seems almost a guarantee that Fields will visit Auburn for either the Samford or Mississippi State game. So, the goal for Auburn should be to convince him to return for a trip to see practice and hang out at a different time from an unofficial visit for a game.
Based on quarterback circumstances at Georgia and Florida State over the weekend, Auburn might have an opening to make up ground if that gap, in fact, exists.
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