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Auburn Looks to Cap Off Strong Class on National Signing Day

By on February 5th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »

Gus Malzahn Has the 7th-ranked Class Heading into National Signing Day 2020 (Todd Van Ernst/AP photo)

Today is National Signing Day (NSD). Before 2017 it was a day of anticipation and even excitement for college football fans hungry for some football news in the offseason. That was before the NCAA instituted an early signing period.

There is little doubt the drama has all but disappeared with the majority of top players on the board electing to sign their National Letter of Intent in December.

While this writer misses the intrigue of following the day’s events, I can truthfully say I don’t miss the hat-trick theatrics that went along with the old NSD. And, the good thing about the February deadline is it does give football players more time to make decisions for their college careers.

Most schools have already wrapped up their 2020 classes. Auburn, for example, has put together a strong class of 23 signees, 10 of which are already enrolled. Even though this class is currently ranked 7th nationally, the Tigers are still looking to round out that bunch with a couple of additions today.

It will be interesting to see whether Gus and company can flip a couple of four- and five-star prospects that are leaning toward rivals.

Here are the Auburn targets to watch and the times they are expected to send in their letters of intent.

9:00 a.m. CT
5 * Broderick Jones, 6-foot-5, OT, (a UGA lean) Lithonia (Ga.)9:30 a.m. CT
9:30 a.m. CT
3 * Alfahiym Walcott, 6-foot, 190 pounds, CB, (a Baylor lean) Butler Community College
4 * McKinnley Jackson, 6-foot-2, DT, (Bama lean) Lucedale (Miss.) George County
10:00 a.m. CT
3 * Marquis Burks, 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, DT, (AUBURN Commit) Iowa Central Community College
2:30 p.m. CT
4 * Deandre Butler, 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, SDE, (AUBURN lean) Independence Community College (Kan.)
3:15 p.m. CT
4 * Brandon Frazier, 6-foot-7, 247 pounds, TE, (AUBURN lean) McKinney North (Texas)

The 23 players already signed during December are listed after the jump.

5 * Catarvious “Tank” Bigsby, 6-foot, 209 pounds, RB, Callaway (LaGrange, Ga.)

4 * Kobe Hudson, 6-foot, 185 pounds, WR, Troup County (Pine Mountain, Ga.)

4 * Wesley Steiner, 6-foot, 226 pounds, LB, Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)

4 * Marco Domio, 6-foot-1, 172 pounds, CB, Blinn College (Houston)

4 * Ladarius Tennison, 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, ATH/S, Rockledge (Fla.)

4 * Zykeivous Walker, 6-foot-4, 267 pounds, DE, Schley County (Ellaville, Ga.)

4 * JJ Evans, 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, WR, Montevallo

4 * Ze’Vian Capers, 6-foot-4, 192 pounds, WR, Denmark (Alpharetta, Ga.)

4 * Cam Riley, 6-foot-4, 207 pounds, LB, Hillcrest (Evergreen)

4 * Chris Thompson Jr., 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, S, Duncanville (DeSoto, Texas)

4 * Desmond Tisdol, 6-foot, 210 poundsd, 4-star LB, Wilcox County (Rochelle, Ga.)

4 * JJ Pegues, 6-foot-2, 298 pounds, TE, Oxford (Miss.)

4 * Eric Reed Jr., 6-foot, 195 pounds, DB, Calvary Baptist (Shreveport, La.)

4* Jay Hardy, 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, DT, McCallie School (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

3 * Romello Height, 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, Buck, Dublin (Ga.)

3 * Kilian Zierer, 6-foot-7, 284 pounds, OL, College of Canyons (Valencia, Calif.)

3 * Avery Jernigan, 6-foot-3, 306 pounds, OL, Pierce County (Blackshear, Ga.)

3 * Tate Johnson, 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, OL, Callaway (LaGrange, Ga.)

3 * Elijah Canion, 6-foot-4, 201 pounds, WR, Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Fla.)

3 * Jeremiah Wright, 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, OL, Selma

3 * Chayil Garnett, 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, QB, Lakeland (Lake Wales, Fla.)

3 * Daniel Foster-Allen, 6-foot-4, 264 pounds, DE, St. Paul’s (Saraland)

3 * Brenden Coffey, 6-foot-6, 264 pounds, OT, Butte CC (Paradise, Calif.)


  1. AUglenn says:

    One thing Gus has done well every year is recruiting. Here’s another top 10 class with a chance to finish in the top5. War Eagle!

  2. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    4 star TE Brandon Frazier is first this morning to send in his National Letter of Intent. The 6-foot-7 tight end committed to Auburn last week. 247Sports says he is the ninth-ranked tight end in the country. He was an Arkansas commit till Chad Morris left and came to Auburn. He chose Auburn over 26 schools including Alabama.

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Another 4 star player has signed with Auburn, DE Deandre Butler from Independence Community College (Kansas). He is the No. 1 strongside defensive end in the country and chose Auburn over 20 other schools.

  4. AUglenn says:

    Auburn now has 25 signed doesn't that mean the class is full?

  5. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Auburn still has room for one more player since they only signed 21 last year. Who will be that guy? I know it won't be 5-star OT Broderick Jones who Gus was trying to flip from Georgia. He tweeted he was sticking with the Dogs. So he's off the board.

  6. Shouldn’t the total number be 26 instead of 25 because Quarterback Sawyer Pate signed this week with Auburn? He led Thompson over Central of Phenix City for the state champioship.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      He singed as a (PWO) preferred walk on, meaning his signing is a bonus on top of the 26 signees. He doesn't count against the 2020 class. He will try to earn a scholarship after he comes to The Plains. Sawyer grew up an Auburn fan and chose to come to Auburn as a PWO rather than sign a scholarship with another team.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Although he was only rated a 3-star out of Thompson High, I think he is a great addition to this class. Number one, Auburn could use another backup QB and second he has quite a resume himself. He was the QB that followed Tua Tagovailoa but made a name for himself when he got the job. He threw 41 touchdowns in high school and was the MVP of the state championship team that destroyed Central of Phenix City 40-14.

  7. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Marquis Burke a 3-star DT out of Chicago has signed with Auburn. He’s the No. 4 JUCO DT recruit in the nation and chose the Tigers over four other schools.

  8. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    That should do it for today. Now , we’ll see if the two 4–star additions is enough to push Auburn’s 2020 class into the top 5. Either way, Gus and his coaches have done another fantastic job of recruiting.

  9. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I find it disturbing that Boobie Whitlow is in the transfer portal. I can see why, as they hardly used him in the bowl game.

    • uglyjoe says:

      I have read some not-so-great things about Boobie Whitlow’s attitude. I suspect there is more under the surface of this news than is on top.

    • Jason Wright says:

      I know rumors are not always true but I’ve heard for some time that Boobee was skipping class and workouts. Also that he had a tendency to argue back at coaches. Brandon Marcello hinted at that last one in his article on 247 sports.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        I saw Marcello’s piece where he said there was tension between the staff and JaTarvious. The fact that he was kept away from the media most of the season says that there was something going on behind the scenes. I suspect Mark-Antony Richards and D.J. Williams will compete to be the bell cow. However, Tank Bigsby could make a push. We’ll see …

  10. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Auburn signed 16 four-star recruits which was tied for second-most nationally with Florida. And I like the fact that Gus & company brought in 5 D-Linemen and 5 O-Linemen including a pair of JUCO transfers who can bring experience to a depleted O-Line.

  11. neonbets says:

    DJ Williams just isn’t explosive enough to be the feature back. His game, however does lend itself to the pros.

    If Joiner catches on, then it’s a backfield of Tank=Ronnie Brown, Anthony-Richards=Cadillac, and Joiner as our non-transferring Brandon Jacobs.

    If it’s Shivers, then what? Well, it’s all so obvious…

    Next year will then look like this:

    Tank = Bo
    Anthony Richards=Fullwood
    and Shivers = The Li’l Train!

    DJ Williams will become Auburn’s Terrell Davis in the NFL.

    Either way—Running Back U is back! And that now gives Auburn BOTH the RB, DL as the U. Standard for these positions.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I like your picks especially the first one. But I agree there’s plenty of talent at the position to be productive.

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