Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country examines a top wide receiver target in the 2019 class. Plus, there will be another 2019 target on campus this weekend .
Georgia wide receiver shows early interest in Auburn
Just because Auburn hit a home run at receiver in the 2018 cycle doesn’t mean the Tigers will ignore the position for 2019.
Auburn is already in the hunt for 4-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton from Marietta, Ga., the No. 29 wide receiver and No. 157 overall prospect per the 247Sports composite. Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina State are the other programs Auburn will fight in this recruitment.
Keyton attended a few Auburn games in the fall, but his most recent trip for junior day earlier this month allowed him much more personal time with coaches and players.
“I like Auburn a lot, so I just wanted to come up here. It’ll probably be one of the few I come up to,” Keyton said after junior day. “You know, trying to get more comfortable with the coaches and the staff here, instead of being here just for game days. It’s hectic. You get to sit down and talk with them.”
Most of those conversations have been with wide receivers coach Kodi Burns and running backs coach Tim Horton. Keyton also received a lot of personal attention from Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis who spent extra time with Keyton and his family throughout his junior day visit. In fact, Davis spoke with Keyton’s parents for 30 minutes to an hour after the event was already complete.
The Tigers have made an early impression.
“They talk to me about fit. That’s one thing coach Horton says all the time. It’s all about where you fit. If I fit, I’m going to come,” Keyton said. “When I come up here, it feels like a family up here. It just feels good when I’m here.”
The 6-foot-3, 186-pound wide receiver isn’t in a hurry, however.
He’ll likely drop his top 10 to a top 5 in the spring, but admits many of the schools could shuffle around between now and then. Auburn is one program expected to be a fixture in that top group for Keyton. Ohio State and Clemson are two other safe bets, but again, most of this is fluid.
Keyton said his commitment decision will come “probably after the season,” but it wouldn’t be much after it, if he were to wait that long.
Auburn set to host weekend visitor who grew up a Tigers fan
Auburn’s full recruiting attention has turned to its 2019 class.
With National Signing Day complete, the Tigers will — aside from a potential grad transfer or two — focus on prospects who are soon to enter their senior years of high school. Several have already been on campus the last few weekends on unofficial visits and for junior day events.
Another will be there this weekend: 4-star defensive end Justin Eboigbe.
Eboigbe is the No. 9-ranked strongside defensive end and No. 135 overall prospect in the 247Sports ratings. From Forest Park, Ga., the 6-5, 260-pound prospect actually grew up idolizing Auburn players such as Bo Jackson and Cam Newton.
Those types of fandoms rarely matter in recruiting, but it’s still worth noting Auburn could have somewhat of a built-in advantage for a prospect from Georgia. Eboigbe also holds offers from Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, among others.
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