Auburn recruiting: A capsule look at the Tigers’ signees
Auburn’s signing class
Joey Gatewood, QB, 6-4/232, Jacksonville, Fla., (Bartam Trail): Gatewood represents the future of the quarterback position for the Auburn program. He’ll be the true dual-threat quarterback under the Malzahn/Lindsey combination they’ve been waiting to coach and develop. In the present, Gatewood will probably redshirt in 2018 but don’t be surprised if he competes for the starting job in 2019.
Michael Harris, LB, 6-2/215; Tucker, Ga. (Tucker): Auburn is quickly going to need linebacker depth starting in the 2019 season and this is where Harris can contribute. Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams continues to bring in quality talent including this 4-star prospect that is projected to be an outside linebacker comparable to Tre’ Williams.
Jalil Irvin, OL, 6-3/300; Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson): The 300-pound prospect will be projected to be mainstay at center under new/old offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and may not a chance for playing time starting with the 2019 season. With the losses on Auburn’s offensive line, don’t be surprised if Irvin becomes a player in his true freshman season if injuries occur in the 2018 season.
Shedrick Jackson, WR, 6-1/185; Hoover (Hoover): Jackson is the prototypical wide receiver prospect for Auburn because not only does he have the speed and fundamentals of route running down but Hoover coach Josh Niblett will tell anybody that he’s one of the best blocking receiver he’s ever coached.
Josh Marsh, LB, 6-2/215; Decatur (Decatur): Marsh was seen as a possibility to transition to safety but Malzahn says he’ll begin his college career at linebacker. Marsh may see some time at special teams early in his tenure at Auburn.
Asa Martin, RB, 6-0/205; Decatur (Austin): Martin is the future of the running back position at Auburn. With Johnson and Pettway both leaving for the NFL Draft, don’t be surprised if Martin – who is seen as an all-around talent immediately, could compete for playing time as a true freshman in 2018.
Zakoby McClain, LB, 6-0/205; Valdosta, Ga. (Valdosta): At just 2015 pounds, McClain is seen as a physical presence immediately at linebacker. Give this Georgia product a couple of seasons with a SEC training staff and McClain could bulk up to look more like a Darrell Williams right now.
Quindarious Monday, DB, 6-3/190; Atlanta, Ga. (Carver): Nicknamed “Smoke,” Monday is seen as somebody that could compete for backup snaps as a true freshman with the depth concerns that Auburn has in the secondary starting in 2018.
Daquan Newkirk, DL, 6-3/280; Orlando, Fla. (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) – The clock begins right now with Newkirk as a junior college transfer and the hope is he’ll be an instant impact depth player at defensive tackle.
Kayode Oladele, DE, 6-5, 250; Miami, Fla. (Champagnat Catholic School): Oladele continues the tradition of Nigerian natives coming to Auburn to play football. Oladele’s player host on visits was Prince Tega Wanogho and the Auburn coaches hope he can develop into a Buck Linebacker pass rusher.
Jamien Sherwood, DB, 6-2, 200; Jensen Beach, Fla. (Jensen Beach): A safety prospect that could see immediate playing time because Auburn coaches are impressed with his ball skills and ability to play physical at either safety position.
Shaun Shivers, ATH, 5-7, 175; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna Prep): Shivers has track speed and could be an impact player as a kick returner before Auburn gets a chance to figure out where they can use him out of the backfield in a specialized role.
Kameron Stutts, OL, 6-4, 330; Killen (Brooks HS): Stutts is projected as a guard and has all the physical tools to be an interior lineman at Auburn. He’ll benefit for a year or two under the system of J.B. Grimes.
Christian Tutt, DB, 5-11, 195; Thomson, Ga. (Thomson H.S.) – Tutt is a developmental prospect at cornerback. Tutt is seen as somebody that could play special teams early while he develops as a cornerback under new position coach Marcus Woodson.
Seth Williams, WR, 6-3, 215; Cottondale (Bryant H.S.) – Williams is seen by many on Auburn’s staff, including Kodi Burns, as the best wide receiver prospect in the state. For Auburn to steal away a prospect in Alabama’s backyard that is physically ready to play immediately is a big recruiting win.
SIGNING DAY PROSPECTS
Arryn Sippos P, 6-2/198, Australia, (Prokick Australia): The Australian rules football player has been training to be a college punter for a year and is part of a system that has had multiple Ray Guy Award finalists and winners. He’ll be the starting punter from day one at Auburn.
Richard Jibunor, LB, 6-3/208, Athens, Ga., (Athens Christian School): Jibunor is seen as a developmental prospect at linebacker but Auburn linebacker coach Travis Williams has liked the film on the 208-pound prospect for several years.
Matthew Hill, WR, 6-2/185, Snellville, Ga., (Brookwood): A lot of drama surrounded Hill’s recruitment after the longtime Auburn commit decided to not sign during the early period but the 6-foot-2 receiver is seen as a physical player that could see time as a dominant slot target in the near future.
Harold Joiner, H-Back, 6-3/218, Birmingham (Mountain Brook): The player to keep in mind for Joiner is former Tulsa H-back/TE Charles Clay because that’s who Auburn coaches told the 3-star Mountain Brook prospect he’d be emulating in his time in Chip Lindsey’s offense.
Roger McCreary, CB,5-11/178, Mobile (Williamson): McCreary is a three-star prospect who Auburn coaches can expect to be a major help to their lack of depth at cornerback early in his career. He’s one of the final pre-signing day commits for Auburn’s 2018 class.
Anthony Schwartz, WR, 6-0/172, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage School): Schwartz was timed as the fastest player in the 2018 class and somebody the Auburn coaching staff can be a deep threat to its passing game this upcoming season. Schwartz will also run track for Auburn and has eyes on a potential Olympic bid.
Coynis Miller, DT, 6-1/300, Birmingham (Jackson-Olin): Miller created some drama by not signing during the early period but said he was done after a few weeks of visits. Miller is still seen as a defensive tackle prospect that could learn behind Derrick Brown and Dontavius Russell but won’t expect to highly contribute for at least two years.
Caleb Johnson, DL, 6-3/250, Columbus, Ga. (Northside): Johnson, who was primarily recruited by Chip Lindsey, is a developmental defensive end prospect who coaches hope can get in the playing time mix after possibly redshirting in the 2018 season. Johnson comes from an area (Columbus, Ga.) Auburn likes to dominate and could account for early departures of Marlon Davidson and Derrick Brown to the NFL draft.