Auburn recruiting mailbag: Coynis Miller’s decision, the quarterback position and 5-star hearts

The mail’s here.

My Twitter followers and Facebook Live commenters provided another week of useful Auburn recruiting questions. Good on you again. I’ve tried my best to return the favor with thoughtful, accurate answers. Have a look.

More good news could be on the recruiting horizon for the Tigers.

Scott Morgan (Facebook) Does Auburn land Coynis Miller?

This is the big question this week, with the 4-star defensive tackle set to announce Saturday.

It’s down to Alabama, Auburn and Florida.

Alabama’s advantage? His dad is an Alabama fan. Coynis grew up an Alabama fan. As a player in Birmingham, he can’t walk five minutes without seeing or hearing some type of Alabama influence. Plus, he’s visited Alabama countless times. On top of all that, it’s probably the best program in the nation, so it’s tough to turn down when the staff really wants you.

Florida’s advantage? That’s what Miller says. He’s called Florida his public leader since he visited for a camp this summer. On top of that, there really isn’t that much to say about the Gators since he’s only visited them one time. But Miller says the Gators are on top, which is Florida’s best chance.

Auburn’s advantage? There are several things. Such as:

  • Rodney Garner is the coach he’s closest to.
  • TD Moultry, his high school teammate, is now Auburn linebacker.
  • Asa Martin, his close friend, has already committed to the Tigers.
  • Miller spent half of his high school spring break just hanging out at Auburn and learning more about his role in the Tigers’ defense.
  • His mom is a huge supporter of Auburn.

I could go on and on. When you look at all that, in my mind, it all adds up to Auburn. That’s what I expect Miller to choose on Saturday.

@Ellitor_AU: Has the staff identified any strong-side defensive end targets besides possibly Andres Fox?

It’s sometimes tough to tell with defensive linemen, because their bodies build up so much when they get to college that it forces a move inside. Daquan Newkirk committed as a defensive end, but will probably be a defensive tackle for Auburn. Andres Fox, like you mention, is a SDE right now, but probably fits in more as a defensive tackle when his body develops.

Of the people uncommitted — and listed by recruiting services as a strong-side end — I think there are two worthwhile names for Auburn fans to track.

The first, Kayode Oladele. He camped with the Tigers over the summer and received an offer. He’s from Miami and will certainly receive pull from the Hurricanes. Tennessee, Florida State and Ole Miss are the other top competitors for Auburn. The Tigers’ edge will be the Nigerian connection that includes Prince Tega Wanogho, Prince Sammons and potentially 2018 recruit Richard Jibunor.

The other name, John Mincey. He’s committed to Arkansas, but if Auburn were to miss on a couple other pieces, he could be someone to watch out for.

@GeneLoblaw: Would they take both Andres Fox and Richard Jibunor? Also, who’s on the radar if Coynis Miller commits to UF? Definitely need at least two DTs this class.

They would.

Fox is someone who probably starts out more as a defensive end and transitions into a defensive tackle. Jibunor is someone who likely starts out as an outside linebacker and develops into a weak-side defensive end — or if he grows more than expected — into a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end.

Auburn hopes to take four or five defensive linemen in this class, and I think there’s a great chance Fox and Jibunor are both a part of that.

As for other defensive tackles, Auburn would like three in this class. Count Newkirk as already committed at defensive tackle. Fox told us he’s already silently committed to a school. If it’s Auburn, he’s someone that could grown in to a defensive tackle over time, so he probably qualifies. And then there’s Miller, who seems on the verge of choosing the Tigers on Saturday.

Rodney Garner would love to ride with those three.

Will Phillips (Facebook): Does Auburn need another quarterback with already signing Joey Gatewood? He looks perfect for what we need.

This is up for debate.

Are you OK with having three scholarship quarterbacks instead of four? Personally, I’ll always take as much depth as possible, especially at the quarterback position, and I think most football coaches would say the same.

Does Auburn  need a second quarterback? Probably not, but it’s certainly something the Tigers would like.

I wrote on Friday about what I thought the plan would be, or at least the respective likelihood of each plan. Taking a second, lesser known high school quarterback was No. 1 on the list.

Then on Saturday, unranked quarterback A.J. Curry visited Auburn for the first time and told reporters that Chip Lindsey told him Auburn expects to take a second quarterback in this class. The staff just has to evaluate for the rest of the 2017 season, much like it did with Malik Willis a year ago.

@jdh4999: How many Leadership Reps does it take to be a Champion of Life?

In the recruiting process, all you need is a 5-star heart.

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