Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Wednesday, and SEC Country will give the latest on an Alabama commit who calls Auburn his dream school. Also, some extra details on Calvin Anderson and another prospect from a forming pipeline high school .
Alabama CB commit ‘considering’ Auburn
Brandon Turnage waited a long time to visit Auburn — his whole life, in fact.
The 4-star Alabama commit from Oxford, Miss., has been interested in the Tigers for a long time. He goes so far as to label himself as a fan, which comes along with the obligatory commentary about idolizing Cam Newton. Turnage, despite his Alabama commitment, made his way to Auburn earlier this month for a visit.
And, again, despite his Alabama commitment, Turnage is adamant Auburn has a real chance to eventually grab his signature.
“You know, I grew up an Auburn fan. It’s always been my dream to visit,” Turnage said. “I’m interested. I’m considering them, I’d have to say.”
Here’s an anecdote to help you further understand Turnage’s interest.
On Feb. 10, 2017 — yes, a full year ago — Turnage messaged back and forth with me asking the smart questions about the recruiting process. What are the best ways to get noticed? How do you go about visits? And the important one for the purposes of this conversation: What would it take to receive an Auburn offer? After all, it was his “dream school,” he said at the time.
At the time of that exchange, Turnage held offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Louisville and UAB. He has since been offered by anyone and everyone, including Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee.
He committed to the Crimson Tide on Dec. 22, but as evidenced by the Auburn trip, Turnage is keeping his options open.
If there’s a school that can flip Turnage, there’s a clear front-runner.
“Probably Auburn,” he said. “With the coaching staff, you can tell there’s a bond, a family.”
Turnage, dating back to the conversation last February, wanted to make an early commitment. The Crimson Tide reaped the benefits of that. Now the onus will be on Auburn and others to keep recruiting someone already committed to the reigning national champions.
The Tigers have shot.
Auburn is recruiting Turnage, listed as a wide receiver, at cornerback. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound recruit ranks as the No. 100 overall prospect in the nation in the 247Sports composite ratings. He spent most of his time on his visit with defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson.
Auburn has made it clear it wants Turnage. During the contact period, Woodson stopped by his high school three times — once per week — which sends a clear signal.
“It means they actually want me to come play for them. They’re giving me an opportunity to make an impact,” Turnage said.
Turnage plans to return for another Auburn visit in the spring, he said.
One more official visit for Calvin Anderson
Auburn won’t be the last official visit for Calvin Anderson, after all.
The Rice grad-transfer tackle hinted in interviews with SEC Country (and other outlets) that he might shut down the visits after his Auburn trip. Even following the visit last Sunday, Anderson said he still wasn’t sure whether or not he’d take another visit, whether it be Texas A&M, who recently offered, or others.
As it turns out, Anderson will take one more official visit this weekend — to Oklahoma.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has been involved in this recruitment since the beginning, so it’s not a major surprise to see the Sooners pick up an official visit. Anderson has already been to Texas, Michigan and Auburn, and as Anderson put it, this will be the final official visit before he makes his decision.
Some might view the decision to add another visit as a negative for Auburn, that he wouldn’t need to take another visit if the Tigers impressed him enough. I view it differently. Coming into last week, Texas and Michigan sat in a group of their own, with the Longhorns as the clear favorite.
The fact Anderson is considering a visit to another non-Texas school should add to the belief Anderson isn’t tied to staying in Texas — and that he’s still open to considering other schools. Texas may not have been as obvious of a front-runner as many have believed.
One cause for concern: Oklahoma will likely have an NFL first-round tackle this year in Orlando Brown. Of the schools Anderson had considered before, assuming he’s truly making a football-only decision, Auburn seemed to be the right smart choice for NFL draft enhancement.
Oklahoma might provide the biggest threat to that given the Sooners’ recent success.
Another Jackson-Olin offer to come?
Auburn has built a pipeline of sorts at Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Ala.
In the 2017 class, the Tigers snagged all-purpose linebacker TD Moultry who has turned into the future of the Buck position. In 2018, they beat out Alabama for 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller. Auburn has also already offered 2019 linebacker Vonta Bentley and 2020 linebacker Quandarrius Robinson.
Could another Jackson-Olin offer come soon?
Auburn is still evaluating 2019 linebacker Jammal Abrams. Abrams stands 6-3 and weighs 224 pounds. He already holds offers from Florida, Louisville, Oregon, South Carolina and Ole Miss. Auburn and Alabama will host him on visits this spring. He already attended the Tigers’ junior day.
According to Abrams, he thinks a visit is possible.
“They said they’ll probably offer me around February,” Abrams said. “It’s a dream school I’ve always wanted to play for. I just love it.”
Abrams has an unofficial visit schedule set up in February.
He will attend Tennessee this upcoming weekend. Abrams will go to Florida — an early favorite to land him — on Feb. 24. The fact the Gators offered early is “pretty helpful,” Abrams said.
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