Much like Justin Ferguson does on the Auburn team side, recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day. You can ask him questions on Twitter or Facebook. Look for our Question of the Day each weekday. Go here to see our previous answers.
I see that Devin Bush put AU in his top 5. What chance do you give them and has he said when he'd like to make a decision?
— Brandon Burns (@BrandonBurns6) March 12, 2018
Cornerback will be a point of emphasis for Auburn in the 2019 class — a necessity, perhaps.
The Tigers haven’t landed an abundance of cornerbacks in the last two recruiting cycles. Auburn landed a few under-the-radar types who have shown early promise with Traivon Leonard and Jordyn Peters, though Peters is doing more than playing cornerback.
Christian Tutt and Roger McCreary will add depth this season. But the switch of Noah Igbinoghene from receiver to cornerback tells the story of how the coaching staff feels about its depth at safety. (Non-recruiting note: A few of my sources have told me they think Igbinoghene has an NFL future at cornerback).
It’s going to be a big haul at cornerback for the Tigers in 2019. Whether that consists of Auburn’s elite targets is the million-dollar question.
Here are the prospects near the top of Auburn’s cornerback board who are strongly considering the Tigers (not a finished list, by any means, with spring practice evaluations upcoming).
- 4-star Christian Williams
- 4-star Tyrique Stevenson
- 4-star Kaiir Elam
- 4-star Brandon Turnage
- 4-star Jaylin Simpson
- 4-star Devin Bush
- 4-star DJ Turner II
- 4-star Warren Burrell
Based on the need — and the recruiting pushes by Kevin Steele, Marcus Woodson and Greg Brown — I’d expect Auburn to land at least one player from that list. It’s hard to say early in the process which prospect is most likely to choose the Tigers.
With Bush, as @BrandonBurns6 asked, there’s a clear mutual interest.
In the matter of a year, Auburn has hosted Bush on two junior days. The event a year ago resulted in Bush’s first college offer, which set off a domino effect across college football that included LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Florida and Clemson. A few weeks ago, on a return visit with family, Bush spent a whole weekend on the Plains.
But the big factor here, as always with New Orleans prospects, is LSU. Bush is at or near the top of that cornerback board, as well, hence the 100 percent 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the home-state Tigers. As long as he’s a top option for LSU, that’s going to be the expected choice.
Auburn showed long-term dedication to a few recruitments last recruiting cycle, however. Tutt and Anthony Schwartz are the ones that stand out. Even when Auburn has slim odds, the Tigers find a way to pull off surprises. Bush will be the subject of one of those attempts in the 2019 class.
To see all the answers to prior Auburn questions, click here.
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