Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and SEC Country met with 3-star athlete Cam Taylor and 3-star offensive tackle Jalen Goss about potential openings in the Tigers’ class.
In-state DB ‘really close’ to picking up rare late offer
At this point in the recruiting cycle, it’s rare to see un-offered prospects visits SEC campuses as high-priority targets.
Consider 3-star prospect Cam Taylor rare.
The elite athlete from Montgomery, Ala., wasn’t just a high-priority at the Iron Bowl. It was that way the night before the game as well, when he had a long phone conversation with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who he has a close relationship with. Again at the Iron Bowl, he spent some extra time with Steele, having 1-on-1 conversation on the field before the game.
Their conversation points are clear. Where do things stand with the former Missouri commit receiving an offer?
“Really close [to offering] at the corner position,” Taylor said. “I really want to play defense — safety or corner. So when he said corner, and they may offer, that’s what I like. Man, it was amazing I can say that. The defense was lights out.”
The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete played quarterback at Park Crossing (Ala.) this season, which should give an idea of his innate athleticism. Beyond that, SEC Country has written extensively in the past about Taylor’s injury-plagued journey to high-profile college football prospect.
Those ACL tears stunted his recruitment early on and made programs such as Auburn hesitate to offer. My sources have told me the Tigers really like Taylor as a nickel safety type. The problem is: In this class, spots are tight. There are already four potential safeties committed and a cornerback also committed.
Auburn would like to add one or two more in the secondary. If Taylor receives an offer, there’s a high chance he ends up as one of those two.
“That’s going to change a lot of things in my recruitment, I’ll say that,” Taylor said about a potential offer.
Athletic OT Jalen Goss calls Auburn his leader
SEC Country wrote earlier in the week about Auburn’s trio of top offensive line targets at the Iron Bowl. Florida commit Richard Gouraige, official visitor Jerome Carvin and campus regular Dylan Wonnum all had positive things to say about Auburn’s role in their respective recruitments following the game. If Auburn only takes one offensive tackle down the stretch, the Tigers would like it to be one of those three.
There is another offensive tackle target who has attended the last two SEC games who also has Auburn high up on his priority list.
That’s Lowndes (Ga.) offensive tackle Jalen Goss. He stands 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds. The weight might concern people, but that’s already up a solid 20 pounds from when he camped at Auburn over the summer and the staff told him they liked him but wanted to see him build his body a little bit.
Auburn’s staff likes the improvements Goss has made, and likewise, he has liked the product the Tigers have put on the field.
“Right now, I’d put Auburn at my top right now. Auburn is my top school,” he said.
The message from Auburn’s coaching staff has been positive.
They like the athleticism he brings as an offensive time. When Goss originally committed to Florida, the Gators liked him as a tight end as much as a offensive tackle, if that gives you any idea of the athleticism he can bring to a football field.
Auburn wants him strictly as an offensive tackle, though a lot of it is dependent on how the rest of the offensive tackle class shakes out.
“They tell me they want me. They like me as an athlete. They like the way I move and everything,” he said. “They said they like the way I move my feet.”
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