National Signing Day 2018—Part Deux—Summary
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National Signing Day 2018—Part Deux is in the books.
The composite class rankings have Auburn coming in at Number 12 in the NCAA and Number 3 behind Georgia and Alabama in the SEC.
Minus signing one or two more offensive linemen, however, this is an overall good group of recruits. And it may have been the most ever four star recruits (16) to fill out an Auburn recruiting class. Auburn Head Football Coach Guz Malzahn waxed poetic about those that signed today as well as those that signed during the early signing period. To be sure, additional depth was added. And, some of these guys have exceptional speed and size.
Hopefully, Auburn will go after O-line and D-line recruits sooner instead of later for the 2019 signing class. To me, these guys in the trenches don’t get the glamour that skill position players receive, so they are more likely to sign early. Now, to be honest, that is just this writer’s opinion and nothing more.
We learned today—or at least I did—that Jarrett Stidham will miss the first two weeks of spring practice due to shoulder surgery, so Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood will both get some needed reps at quarterback with both the first and second teams. I mention this due to the Gatewood signing and early enrollment.
Many thanks from TET to Zach Taylor (@best5zach) for managing the thread and for his help compiling the signing day info below.
A huge shout out also to our great commenters in keeping the thread going today even though I’m sure it seemed to crawl due to the lack of excitement caused by the early signing period.
Signing Day info on all 24 signees after the jump.
Current Signees (Some info Via Rivals)
QB Joey Gatewood, 4 * Jacksonville, Fla. (Bartram Trail) ++ (Nationally- 62, State- 15, Position- 3) – Dual-threat QB that some have compared to Cam Newton.
RB Asa Martin, 4 * Decatur, Ala. (Austin) ++ (Nationally- 64, State- 2, Position- 3) – Alabama’s Mr. Football may challenge for immediate playing time.
DT Coynis Miller 4 * 6-2 / 300 Birmingham, AL. Highly recruited D linemen who is expected to contribute immediately.
RB Shaun Shivers, 4 * 5-7 / 175 Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade Madonna) (Nationally-??, State- 48, Position- 11) – Small but physical runner with good speed. Reminds some of BCS champion, Michael Dyer.
RB Harold Joiner, 4 * 6-3 210 Birmingham, Ala. (Mountain Brook) (Nationally- ??, State- 8, Position- 24) – Power running back with pass receiving ability.
WR Seth Williams, 4 * Cottondale, Ala. (Bryant) (Nationally- 225, State- 5, Position- 4) – Good hands and lightening speed.
WR Shedrick Jackson, 3 to 4 * Hoover, Ala. ++ 6-1 / 195 (Nationally- ??, State- 14, Position- 83) – Bo Jackson’s nephew is an athletic receiver.
WR Matthew Hill, 4 * Snellville, Ga. (Brookwood) (Nationally- 146, State- 16, Position- 6) – Brings speed, height, and athleticism to receiver position.
OL Kameron Stutts, 3 * Killen, Ala. (Brooks) (Nationally- ??, State- 23, Position- ??) – One of only two O-Linemen in class should help with depth.
OL Jalil Irvin, 3 * Stone Mountain, Ga. 6-3 / 296 (Stephenson) (Nationally ?, State- 43, Position- 17) – Could play guard or center.
DL Daquan Newkirk, 4 * Perkinston, Miss. (Gulf Coast CC) ++ (Nationally- 23, State- ??, Position- ??) – JUCO transfer expected to play immediately.
DE Richard Jibunor, 4 * Athens, Ga. (Athens Christian) (Nationally- 232, State- 29, Position- 9) – Buck, edge rusher hopes to be in mold of departed Jeff Holland.
DE Kayode Oladele, 4 * Miami, Fla. (Champagnat Catholic) (Nationally- ??, State- 68, Position- 22) – Not much experience having grown up in Nigeria but has enough upside to warrant 4 * rating.
LB Michael Harris, 4 * Tucker, Ga.(Nationally- 197, State- 25, Position- 9) – Linebacker who is projected to play as a freshman.
LB Zakoby McClain, 4 * Valdosta, Ga.(Nationally- 215, State- 27, Position- 17) – Projected as an outside linebacker.
LB/DB Josh Marsh, 3 * 6-1 / 215 Decatur, Ala. (Nationally- ??, State- 35, Position- ??) – Linebacker projected to play safety.
CB Christian Tutt, 4 * 5-11 / 195 Thomson, Ga. ++ (Nationally- ??, State-42, Position- 36) – Coaches hope he will eventually fill Carlton Davis’ shoes.
CB Roger McCreary, 3 * Mobile, Ala. (Williamson) (Nationally- ??, State- 40, Position- ??) One of two signed in this group to shore up a thin cornerback position.
DB Quindarious Monday, 4 * 6-3 / 185 Atlanta, Ga. (Carver) ++ (Nationally- 203, State- 26, Position- 15) – Expected to see the field in first year as safety.
DB Jamien Sherwood, 4 * Jensen Beach, Fla. ++ (Nationally- 225, State- 14, Position- 20) – Has been compared to Tray Matthews and may see immediate playing time.
P Arryn Siposs, Australia – 3 * – Former Australian soccer player who could bring much needed help to punting position.
WR Anthony Schwartz, 3 * Plantation, FL (Nationally- 62, State- 31, Position- 28) – Rated as the fastest recruit in the country.
DE Caleb Johnson 3 * 6-3.5 / 250 Columbus, GA (Northside) Defensive end who may be another candidate for buck position.
DB Kolbi Fuqua, 3 * Cordova, Ala. 6-1 210 – Played defense and multiple positions on offense, from quarterback to receiver.
++ Early enrollee