Recruiting Predictions: Where Will Every Auburn Target Sign?
I don’t usually discuss recruiting on this blog or making predictions on it, recruiting is a fluid process that can change at any moment. I do read about recruiting a fair bit, and I’ll make my predictions + a want-metre on every Auburn target. I also want to point out that I have absolutely no sources, I’m just going off from what I’ve been reading on the interwebz. Don’t come after me with pitchforks if the below scenario’s don’t work out.
Eddie Goldman – DT – Want-Metre (95%)
Goldman is one of the countries top prospects, he’s big, mean and freakishly athletic for a dude of his stature. As I understand it, it’s currently a two-way battle for his signature (Auburn and FSU), and there are mixed feelings on where he will end up. Goldman is 95% because he could potentially be the star of this class, he has real potential to start immediately next year on the line, and we all know football is won and lost in the trenches.
A lot can happen in the next 6 days, I applaud our coaches efforts with Goldman (and I’m usually a positive person) but I feel like we may just miss out on Goldman, but I hope like hell that I’m wrong.
Prediction – Florida State
Leonard Williams – DE/DT – Want Metre (80%)
Williams is another top defensive line prospect, who could potentially play either inside or outside during his career. Williams has a large 6’5 255 lb frame which is a huge advantage for him, considering the size of several of our DE’s.
A lot of people feel that Auburn is the front-runner. I don’t think that will change come signing day. He is at 80% on the want-metre purely because of his ability to play tackle and end, but we have enough depth at DE to cover for the loss, so it wouldn’t be a disaster if he didn’t sign with us, but I’d still welcome it.
Stefon Diggs – WR – Want Metre (80%)
Diggs is one of the nations top wide receivers and will make any school who he signs with very happy. Diggs’ film is incredible and his play-making abilities is what sets him apart from every high school receiver not named Dorial Green-Beckham.
Diggs would be a nice haul for Auburn, but he’s listed at 80% purely because (like with Leonard Williams) we have enough depth at WR to cover the loss. Ohio State could become a play for Diggs after his visits them this weekend, but I feel in the end it will be a fight between Auburn and Florida. I would take Diggs in a heartbeat, and I think in the end he wears the right shade of orange and blue. (He decides on February 10th)
Cordarelle Patterson – WR – Want Metre (85%)
Patterson’s signature would get my giddy like a little school girl, his high school film is absolutely fantastic and his JUCO experience would do nothing but help us. Patterson is a large 6’4 205 lb’s which is why he has the extra 5% on the want metre compared to Diggs. I feel as though we will only take one of Patterson or Diggs, I’d be happy with either one of them, but since I predicted Diggs to Auburn, this one speaks for itself.
Ricardo Louis – WR – Want Metre (85%)
Louis’ recruitment has been all over the place in the last mont or so, after Gus Malzahn left for Arkansas State Louis de-committed from Auburn and committed to Florida State immediately after.
After Auburn hired Loeffler, it seemed he made a big enough impression for him to then de-commit from Florida State and to decide on signing day. I take that as a positive sign for the home-team, as Louis was previously committed to Auburn months before changing.He’s listed at 85% on the want-metre because of his ability to play both wideout and safety, that could be crucial in case he doesn’t pan out at either position.
He knows and loves Auburn, and I think he’ll end up there in the end.
Avery Young – OL – Want Metre (87%)
You can never have enough offensive lineman, that’s a stone cold fact. Young is a large lineman out of Florida and some seem to think Auburn has an edge. Things could change by Wednesday, but right now he’s ours.
Arik Armstead – DE/DT – Want Metre (85%)
Armstead has had a rocky recruitment thus far, he’s been heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Cal, Oregon and Auburn in the past few months and it looks a though Auburn may be his destination, if his brother’s waiver gets approved (Armond Armstead).
I have a sneaky feeling that the waiver won’t be approved by signing day, which may then send Arik elsewhere. If Arik wants to follow his brother Armond and play with him, I think he ends up out west, if he wants to do his own thing, then he ends up in orange and blue. Simple.
My gut feeling is that he takes the leap and decides to play by himself at Auburn, if Armond’s waiver is approved then that can only be better news. But the SEC office is unpredictable like that.
Ronald Darby – CB – Want Metre (75%)
Darby is a highly regarded corner and is considered one of the best in the country, he de-committed from Notre Dame earlier in the month and opened up his recruitment again. Auburn, Florida State and Notre Dame are regarded as his finalists. Darby is a fast player and could be a game-changer at whichever school he chooses. Darby is listed at 75% because his film and measurables are impressive, but I don’t consider us absolutely desperate for corners. I haven’t been too confident in signing Darby during the process, and I don’t think thats likely to change. But who knows?
Prediction – Florida State
Kwon Alexander – LB– LSU/AU/UA battle for a while, I think he ends up at LSU, purely because I think he would have committed already if he wanted to attend Auburn. — Prediction: LSU
Jordan Moore – S – An incredibly fast safety, not much high school experience. TCU could make a move, but right now I think he comes to us. Prediction: Auburn
It is slightly worrying that most of our targets are announcing on signing day, however most of these prospects let the coaches know a few days in advance. If we miss out on some, it will allow the staff to chase some others at the last minute, just to fill the spots. I don’t anticipate any of current commits leaving either.
If I’m wrong on these predictions, then so be it. I’m no Danny Sheridan.