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Who are some ‘19 players that could commit next or is it still too early to tell?
— Thomas (@1Thomas_) February 9, 2018
In some respect, it’s a little too early to say definitively who will be next.
So what you read below isn’t necessarily a “here’s who will be the next to commit.” It’s more of a “here are some prospect who, as of now, seem to be the most likely to commit.” There are already two prospects committed in the 2019 class — Bo Nix and George Pickens — so it isn’t too early to be doing this. With that said, most of the five names below will visit several Power 5 programs this spring and summer, so their recruitments will take many twists and turns.
Still, it’s nice to see who Auburn is in strong position for early.
Here are five names to watch:
Clay Webb, 5-star offensive lineman, Oxford, Ala.
Clay Webb, listed as a center, will be a battle between Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.
The 5-star prospect from Alabama has been to Auburn several times throughout the last two football seasons. He’s quite familiar with the entire roster and coaching staff. Webb was high school teammates with linebacker KJ Britt, who has been recruiting Webb to Auburn ever since Britt committed to the Tigers on Halloween in 2016.
Webb has long been believed to be an Alabama lean, but he’s never said anything himself to verify that.
In fact, every time he’s at Auburn, he raves about the tight-knit, family feel. And Webb — a soft-spoken guy — always has a smile on his face on the Plains when interacting with Tigers players and coaches.
This will be, perhaps, the most intriguing in-state recruiting battle of the cycle. I like Auburn’s chance much more than most.
Derrian Brown, 4-star running back, Buford, Ga.
Derrian Brown is one of 10 running backs already offered by the Tigers in the 2019 cycle.
The Tigers will go after several top targets, including 5-star IMG Academy (Fla.) running back Noah Cain, who visited a few weeks ago. But it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Tigers take multiple running backs in the 2019 class, so the coaching staff will make sure to go through all of its options.
Brown is at the forefront of that conversation.
He plays at Buford High School in Georgia, and is coached by John Ford. Ford was the Roswell head coach when Auburn was recruiting quarterback Malik Willis. Auburn was willing to take a shot on Willis when other schools weren’t, so Ford has a special place in his heart for the Tigers. That will go a long way when recruiting Buford High School athletes.
In Brown’s case, the No. 9 running back in the nation was offered by Auburn on Oct. 23. Auburn got ahead of some of its other usual Power 5 recruiting competition, and I expect that might help when Brown makes his decision.
Ramel Keyton, 4-star wide receiver, Marietta, Ga.
Ramel Keyton, who SEC Country wrote about in detail earlier this week, is quite familiar with the Plains.
He attended multiple games during the 2017 season and has already returned this spring for a junior day. Keyton is still early in his decision-making process, but Auburn is a program already in his top 10 that is an almost certain lock to crack his top 5 when he releases it later this spring.
Clemson and Ohio State are the two programs Auburn needs to be most mindful of for Keyton. Clemson is the only other school he’s visited as much as Auburn. Ohio State is the only school communicating with him on a more regular basis than Auburn.
Still, I like Auburn’s chances when Keyton makes a final decision later this year.
Kalen Deloach, 4-star linebacker, Savannah, Ga.
Kalen Deloach will be offered by everyone when it’s all said an done, so the key here will be Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele’s early prioritization.
Steele went down to Deloach’s high school during the contact period. That was when Steele let Deloach’s coaches know he had an Auburn offer. Since then, Alabama and others have jumped on board to get in the Deloach sweepstakes. The Tigers will have to fight off several programs in this one, and it’s likely to run late into the year.
Auburn already has a jump on the competition, though.
Deloach made the four-hour trip from Savannah for Auburn’s junior day with two family members. After speaking with Deloach and his family members, they were blown away by the junior day experience and really like the relationships they’ve already built with Steele and linebackers coach Travis Williams.
Carter Colquitt, 3-star tackle , Buford, Ga.
Carter Colquitt seems like the most realistic “most likely to commit” candidate — and has been for a while.
Colquitt has been visiting Auburn throughout the 2017 football season. He was at the season-opener against Georgia Southern and returned for two other games throughout the year. Like Brown above, Auburn will hope the Buford connection to coach John Ford pays off.
There’s no question offensive line will be a priority for the Tigers during the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Colquitt is a big, physical offensive tackle — from a perennial powerhouse high school — who already has been strongly considering Auburn for more than a year.
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