Top defensive line target Coynis Miller says Auburn among 2 teams standing out

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers  football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Thursday, and we look at Coynis Miller‘s decision, new rankings and priority targets.

Alabama missing from Coynis Miller’s top 2

It was only a 32-second video, but Coynis Miller managed to catch us up to speed with several intriguing topics.

In an interview with Rick Karle of WBRC FOX6 in Birmingham, Ala., Miller made a few public comments about his recruitment: how many schools still have a chance, a timeline for the decision, the two programs standing out and his relationship with Tadarian Moultry.

Miller has it down to a final 5 of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oregon and Louisville, but for the first time, to my knowledge, Miller said two programs are sticking out — and one is definitely new.

Much to my surprise, Miller said Auburn and Florida are the two in the best position.

“Really, Florida and Auburn have my most interest right now, just from having a great relationship with all the coaches there,” Miller told Karle.

Auburn has believed it was in a good position for a while. But to leave Alabama out of that top 2 was a little bit of a surprise. Miller grew up a Crimson Tide fan and he’s a major want for Alabama. The Florida factor will be an interesting one to watch. He’s only visited once, and that came recently, but the Gators clearly left an impression.

Another intriguing part is Miller’s other proclamation.

“I’ll probably make a decision sometime after the season,” Miller said.

Dating back to the spring, that was Miller’s timeline. But he decided to move it up in recent months. It appears his most recent visit to Florida made him reconsider things, which, on the surface, may seem detrimental to the Tigers.

But Miller is a perfect case of someone who, if Auburn has a strong 2017 season, will land in the Tigers’ class.

The fact he didn’t mention Alabama should offer more peace than the entrance of Florida does concern.

Notable targets in new rankings

Rivals.com released its new Rivals 250 rankings for the 2018 and 2019 classes. Auburn had several targets and commits in the top 250 each year.

In the 2018 class, I’ve listed all of the prospects who have Auburn among their top 3 schools, already committed to the Tigers or could be flip candidates. For the 2019 class, there will be many more names to add in the future, but the ones listed are the prospects the Tigers have clearly made priorities.

Class of 2018

  • No. 8 Justin Fields
  • No. 17 Emory Jones
  • No. 19 Justyn Ross
  • No. 52 JJ Peterson
  • No. 53 Trey Hill
  • No. 72 Kyler McMichael
  • No. 76 Adam Anderson
  • No. 77 Zakoby McClain
  • No. 87 Anthony Schwartz
  • No. 95 Dylan Wonnum
  • No. 123 Joey Gatewood
  • No. 127 Asa Martin
  • No. 136 Luke Ford
  • No. 159 Kearis Jackson
  • No. 173 Channing Tindall
  • No. 175 Jalyn Armour-Davis
  • No. 181 Jamien Sherwood
  • No. 200 Jalen Cunningham
  • No. 203 Shaun Shivers
  • No. 207 Coynis Miller
  • No. 214 Michael Harris
  • No. 221 Quay Walker
  • No. 227 Seth Williams

Class of 2019

  • No. 4 Jadon Haselwood
  • No. 8 Clay Webb
  • No. 19 Owen Pappoe
  • No. 41 Bo Nix
  • No. 76 King Mwikuta
  • No. 78 Amari Kight
  • No. 92 Keiondre Jones
  • No. 102 Brandon Turnage
  • No. 107 Warren McClendon
  • No. 114 Devin Bush
  • No. 125 Mark-Antony Richards
  • No. 131 George Pickens
  • No. 188 Ramel Keyton

Three players at each position of need

Auburn already has a quarterback committed in the Class of 2018, though the Tigers would like to add Justin Fields, if possible. The safety position is virtually filled in this class, which is by design because it was such a major need this cycle.

But the other position groups still have several spots to fill.

Below are three names to keep an eye on at each position throughout the rest of the cycle. That’s three players for six different position groups, so 18 players total. Auburn will likely add about 10 more recruits in this class, so if the Tigers can secure commitments from half the players below, it should be considered a success.

New names are sure to emerge and other names have been left off this list based on priority and interest.

Cornerback

  • Derek Turner
  • Kyler McMichael (Clemson commit)
  • Christian Tutt

Linebacker

  • JJ Peterson
  • Quay Walker (Alabama commit)
  • Zakoby McClain

Defensive line

  • Coynis Miller
  • Richard Jibunor
  • Andres Fox

Offensive line

  • Badara Traore
  • Dylan Wonnum
  • Trey Hill

Wide receiver

  • Justyn Ross
  • Seth Williams
  • Matthew Hill

Running back

  • Asa Martin
  • Dameon Pierce (Florida commit)
  • Harold Joiner

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