Just over a month before the early signing period starts on Dec. 16, 82 of the recruits who Auburn has extended offers to are still undecided.
With the break from the bye week, Auburn’s coaching staff can focus on strengthening the 2021 recruiting class, which currently ranks 20th in the country and seventh in the SEC, by convincing some of those 82 recruits to become Auburn Tigers.
The Tigers' biggest wins on the recruiting trail have been two in-state talents — four-star defensive tackle Lee Hunter and four-star running back Armoni Goodwin. They’ve also done well in Florida and Texas, two states that new offensive coordinator Chad Morris has a history of success in. Three of their 13 recruits are from Texas, and six are from Florida.
Located by the border of Alabama and Georgia, Auburn always stressed the importance of recruiting in those two states. However, it focused hard in Florida and Texas this year, offering 54 Florida players and 33 Texas players. Georgia was a close third with 30 offers, while 13 Alabama players received offers.
Right now, Auburn’s class of 2021 includes one quarterback, one running back, one wide receiver and one special teams player, as well as three offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and three defensive backs. There are seven four-star commits and six three-stars.
This season, the Tigers have experienced struggles in recruiting battles just like they’ve experienced struggles on the field. They missed out on two highly rated in-state recruits in a 24-hour period. Cornerback Ga’Quincy McKinstry committed to Alabama and defensive end Jeremiah Williams committed to Florida. More than 10 recruits who Auburn offered committed to Alabama, more than 10 committed to Georgia, and more than five committed to Florida.
Here’s an overview of who’s signed with Auburn, who’s got Auburn in their top five and who’s leaning away from Auburn. The commits are listed from top-rated recruit to lowest-rated recruit, and the others are listed by position group:
- Lee Hunter: Hunter is a four-star defensive tackle from Eight Mile, Alabama. Hunter attends Blount High School where he’s shown he can play all along the line. As a junior, he had 77 tackles, including 23 for loss. He made eight sacks and forced three fumbles. Nationally, Hunter is the sixth-best defensive tackle, according to 247Sports. He’s also the third-best overall player in Alabama, and the 64th in the country. He said via Twitter that his recruitment is closed.
- Armoni Goodwin: A four-star running back out of Trussvile, Alabama, Goodwin plays for Hewitt-Trussville High School where he is averaging 130 yards per game. He received 16 offers but chose Auburn after being recruited by Rodney Garner and Cadillac Williams. He is the fifth-best running back in the nation and the fourth-best player in Alabama. He stuck with Auburn even after Alabama extended an offer.
- Jaeden Roberts: The 6-foot-5, 340 pound offensive guard is a four-star recruit from Houston, Texas. He plays for North Shore and is considered the 11th best guard in the country by 247Sports. He received 26 offers. Morris and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell recruited him.
- Ahmari Harvey: Harvey committed in May after being recruited by Wesley McGriff. He’s a four-star safety from Tallahassee, Florida. This season, he’s averaging four tackles per game and has two interceptions. 247Sports has him listed as the No. 11 safety and the 28th best player in Florida.
- Dematrius Davis: Auburn’s only quarterback in the class of 2021 is a four star from Texas. Davis is a dual threat quarterback from Houston, Texas, who plays at North Shore with Roberts. Morris recruited Davis, who is the No. 8 dual threat quarterback in the country and the 28th best player in Texas. He averages 190 passing yards per game.
- Marquis Robinson: Robinson is yet another four-star defensive tackle who Garner recruited. The 6-foot-3, 300 pound senior from Milton, Florida, received 11 offers. Robinson averages five tackles per game and is ranked No. 21 at his position.
- Caleb Johnson: Johnson is the 28th best offensive tackle in the country. He’s a 6-foot-7, 295 pound, four-star recruit. 36 schools wanted him to play for them, but he committed to Auburn after Bicknell recruited him. His physical traits give him a lot of potential.
- Tar’varish Dawson: A three-star recruit from Lehigh Acres, Florida, Dawson is the only “athlete” committed to Auburn right now. He’s the No. 25 athlete in the country, and he received 23 offers. Morris recruited the speedy player, who ran the 100-meter dash in 10.58 seconds.
- Phillip O’Brien Jr.: The three-star safety from Deerfield Beach, Florida, was recruited by Larry Porter and Wesley McGriff. He received 32 offers and looked like he might commit to Florida State, but he chose Auburn on February 1. O’Brien played in the McDonald’s All-American game and recorded a 4.50 shuttle and a 29.50 inch vertical. He averages 4.5 tackles a game.
- Tobechi Okoli: Okoli has not played football long but has a lot of athleticism. 247Sports rated him a three-star defensive end. The Kansas City recruit had 23 offers to choose from. Kevin Steele and Garner recruited him, and he committed in August. He is the seventh-best recruit in the state of Missouri.
- Landen King: Morris helped score yet another Texas recruit with King. The three-star is also a tight end, a position that Morris loves to utilize in his offense. King is the No. 25 tight end and a top-100 player from Texas. He is averaging 41 receiving yards a game. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he has the build to be a strong blocker, as well.
- Garner Langlo: When Bicknell visited Ocala, Florida to go see Johnson, he came back with two offensive guard commitments. The three-star committed with his high school teammate Johnson on May 15. Langlo is just barely smaller than Johnson at 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds. He received 28 offers.
- Kamal Hadden: Auburn received yet another recruit from Independence Community College in Kansas when Hadden chose Auburn. Four-star defensive end Dre Butler came from Independence as part of the class of 2020. Next year, three-star cornerback Hadden will join him. Hadden is the fifth-best junior college cornerback in the country.
- Jarquez Hunter, 3 star from MS: top five according to 247Sports are Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Arkansas State
- Keon Coleman, 4 star from LA: top five are Kansas, Auburn, Michigan State, Ole Miss and South Carolina
- Hal Presley, 3 star from TX: Auburn, USC, Baylor, Arizon and Arkansas
- Tray Curry, 3 star from GA: Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Auburn, Chattanooga and Georgia
- George Jackson, 3-star OT from GA: Florida, Auburn, Bowling Green, Florida State, Georgia Tech
- Jimmori Robinson, 3-star WDE from NY: Auburn, Syracuse, UNC, Virginia Tech, Albany
- Alex Lemon, 3-star SDE from IA: Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Nebraska
- Dominic Bass, unrated DT from IL: Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Illinois State, LSU
- Jalen Williams, unrated DT from MS: Ole Miss, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia
- Deshauwn Alleyne, 3-star ILB from FL: Auburn, Kentucky, Nebraska, Penn State, Charlotte
- Smael Mondon, 5-star OLB from GA: Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama
- Xavian Sorey, 4-star OLB from FL: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU
- Jonathan Flowe, 4-star OLB from CA: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Colorado
- Jamarion Ellis, 3-star OLB FL: Auburn, Kansas, Liberty, Tennessee State, Troy
- Byron Young, unrated OLB from GA: Auburn, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, LSU
- Nyland Green, 4 star from GA: Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee
- Markevious Brown, 4 star from FL: Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech
- Jalin Shephard, 3 star from GA: Auburn, Tennessee, Charlotte, Colorado, East Carolina
- Brandon Perry, unrated recruit from Alabama: Auburn, Tennessee
- Donovan Edwards, 4 star from MI: top five according to 247Sports are Michigan, Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Alabama
- LJ Johnson, 4 star from TX: top five are Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma and Alabama
- Alton McCaskill, 3 star from TX: Houston, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, USC and Vanderbilt
- Emeka Egbuka, 5star from WA: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Clemson, Washington and Alabama
- Brian Thomas Jr, 4 star from LA: LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and Arkansas
- Bryson Nesbit, 3 star from NC: South Carolina, UNC, Ole Miss, UCLA, Virginia Tech
- Tristsan Leigh, 5-star OT from VA: LSU, Oklahoma, OSU, Alabama, Arizona State
- Savion Bird, 4-star OT from TX: Oklahoma, SMU, LSU, Texas, Alabama
- Bryce Foster, 4-star OG from TX: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon, Texas
- Korey Foreman, 5-star SDE from CA: USC, LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama
- J.T. Tuimoloau, 5-star SDE from WA: OSU, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon
- Tunmise Adeleye, 4-star SDE from TX: Alabama, Florida, OSU, Texas A&M, Arizona
- Shemar Turner, 4-star SDE from TX: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M
- Bryce Langston, 4-star SDE from FL: Florida, LSU, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia
- Tiaoalii Savea, 4-star SDE from NV: Nebraska, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas
- Maason Smith, 5-star DT from LA: LSU, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas
- Rayshaun Benny, 4-star DT from MI: Michigan State, Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky, Penn State
- George Rooks, 4-star DT from NJ: Michigan, Penn State, Boston College, Pitt, Alabama
- Taleeq Robins, 3-star DT from PA: Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Auburn
- Terrence Cooks, 4-star OLB from TX: Texas, Baylor, LSU, Alabama, Arizona
- Terrion Arnold, 4 star from FL: Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Arizona State
- Jardin Gilbert, 3 star from LA: Alabama, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Southern University, Texas A&M