Auburn Looks to Cap Off Strong Class on National Signing Day
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.
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5 * Broderick Jones, 6-foot-5, OT, (a UGA lean) Lithonia (Ga.)9:30 a.m. CT
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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
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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.)