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National Signing Day – Live Open Thread

By on February 1st, 2017 in Football, News Comments Off on National Signing Day – Live Open Thread

Auburn University

War Eagle!!

Welcome to Track ‘Em Tigers and our Live Open Thread for National Signing Day 2017.

Please feel free to join in below and follow us all day long as we keep you updated as recruits announce their commitments and Letters of Intent are received by the Auburn Athletic Department.

Any surprises in store? Stick around and let’s find out together —


ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20177:57 pm

Or, maybe I can’t figure out how to shut down the open thread… Ugh.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20177:51 pm

I’m closing down the open thread and will put up a short summary in a bit.
I’m typing this while en route to check on my dad so I apologize, again, for having to bail early. War Eagle!!

AUTiger57 February 1, 20176:29 pm

Thx alot Atl for explaining that term. Sounds like Nick just wants to obtain all he can get, so his rivals can’t get to them. Some of these young guys probably never get to play, if any at all. Prayers going up for your father also

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Illness and Disability

And, AUTiger57, A grey shirt is an incoming college freshman who postpones his enrollment in classes until the second term of his freshman year. This means they don’t take classes until the winter term. The NCAA allows college athletes five years to complete four years of eligibility after initial enrollment.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20175:35 pm

Apologies to all for having to abruptly depart the open thread and the live updates. Looks like my dad is stable albeit in the hospital and we are about to head in that direction. I appreciate everyone understanding.

AUTiger57 February 1, 20175:07 pm

What is a gray shirt exactly?? WDE

War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 February 1, 20173:25 pm

Nick Saban is currently writing his memoir titled “Fifty Shades of Gray Shirts ~ How I Duped Em’ All.”

JRoweMDN February 1, 20173:11 pm

Sitting at ~9 with a few names out there. Looks like a solid class with Bryant that took care of some needs.

Zach Taylor Zach Taylor February 1, 20173:09 pm

How we doing fellas? Hopefully better than my fishing.

JRoweMDN February 1, 20172:40 pm

Parks to Bama per his Twitter. Rumor is as a grayshirt.

JRoweMDN February 1, 201712:42 pm

Lots of talk about Parks. Some twitter saying he did commit to Bama.

dyingculture dyingculture February 1, 201712:39 pm

Damn… Jarez Parks is trending Auburn big time. All of the rs at 247 Sports are predicting a flip to Auburn now.

Jason Wright February 1, 201712:32 pm

Come on over Jarez Parks … you know you want to.

SEC_Eric SEC_Eric February 1, 201712:29 pm

to Country Boy. There are a couple of guys signed last year that will count toward this year’s class. so I think that has something to do with the less than 25 number.

dyingculture dyingculture February 1, 201712:25 pm

O-Kay….. So, now Keith Niebuhr of 247 sports is predicting that Jarez Parks will sign with Auburn…..

dyingculture dyingculture February 1, 201712:22 pm

I’m not sure, but I think it has something to do with the number of scholarships allotted. 25 is a baseline, so I think if AU signs less than 25 this year, then they can put that shortage in the bank and sign more than 25 next year.

countryboy Language Comprehension As Structure Building

Why do we always seem to only sign 25 or less and others like west vance can sign 27 or what ever? It looks like Maryland got 30. Michigan 28

War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 February 1, 201712:15 pm

Keep in mind Auburn already has the most important (IMO) commit in the country on campus already in Stidham.

Jason Wright February 1, 201712:14 pm

I think the class finishes at 22 unless Parks flips.
Thanks to all here especially Atl_AU_fan. We’re keeping you and your dad in our thoughts and prayers.

neonbets Roots of the Arab Spring: Contested Authority and Political Change in the Middle East

dyingculture–It hasn’t felt like a good class because there are no last minute 5 star additions. It’s all pretty uneventful. But a Top 10 class…c’mon…I’ll take this class anytime.

WarSamEagle WarSamEagle February 1, 201712:09 pm

You know west vance will be trying to get Parks to take a gray shirt.

JRoweMDN February 1, 201712:05 pm

Parks would make this class very good! Garner can sell it.

HillTopPlainsman February 1, 201712:05 pm

Yep that would be sweet Culture.

dyingculture dyingculture February 1, 201712:03 pm

So…. the latest news is top DE Jarez Parks is delaying his announcement because he’s “too emotional”. Evidently, Bama doesn’t want him anymore, and it doesn’t appear to be any sort of character issue – just their class is full. He’s a top 100 guy. Auburn is in play now. While it seems kinda bad to pick up Bama’s leftovers, he still would be an excellent get. Maybe Garner can bring him on board because what better revenge to be an all-SEC lineman with Auburn, after Bama rejected him?

GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan A WEALTH OF POETS: Persian Poetry at the Courts of Sultan Mahmud in Ghazneh & Sultan Sanjar in Ganjeh (998-1158)

Agreed, Dying Culture.

dyingculture dyingculture February 1, 201711:50 am

This hasn’t felt like a very good recruiting class and we missed on almost all of our top targets. But it’s still a top 10 class, so it’s hard to be upset about that.

GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan February 1, 201711:49 am

Yes, prayers for Atl_AU_fan and his father.

neonbets February 1, 201711:47 am

Bryant is a real coup for this class! Going into this last day, a 4 Star DE is just what we needed to ensure that we have another Top 10 haul.

AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger February 1, 201711:44 am

All state basketball player and track star, Wide Receiver Jatarvious Whitlow has signed.

digger4au digger4au February 1, 201711:42 am

Prayers to you and your dad auatlfan

jbellison56 February 1, 201711:40 am

No doubt … just what I was looking for.

dyingculture dyingculture The Coral Sea 1942: The first carrier battle (Campaign)

The ESPN website has some unranked JC WR named Jakerius Gadison in this class. The only other team recruiting him was Illinois. He’s 6’3″, though.

samwatkins Ce qui compte, c'est tout le reste (Roman) (French Edition)

Markaviest Bryant definitely counts as a good surprise.

jbellison56 February 1, 201711:32 am

Gonzalez now gives AU 4 DB’s in this class.

jbellison56 February 1, 201711:28 am

Carlito Gonzalez commitment now confirmed.

AUwaterboy AUwaterboy February 1, 201711:27 am

No problem Atl_AU_fan….. family always first…. Hope he will be alright.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 201711:23 am

TET family, I’m going to be off and on the phone the rest of the day, I’m afraid due to my father’s health. Please keep the dialog going and I appreciate your understanding. War Eagle!!

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 201711:18 am

Now that’s some “High Quality H2o” right there!! Thanks, AUwaterboy!!

AUwaterboy AUwaterboy February 1, 201711:17 am

Crisp Co. 4-star LB Markaviest Bryant commited to Auburn … WDE!

AUglenn February 1, 201711:15 am

yes, take care 0f Dad

jbellison56 February 1, 201711:15 am

Sorry to hear that ATL

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 201711:14 am

Sorry, everyone, but I’ve been on the phone. My dad isn’t doing well so that has taken priority,

jbellison56 February 1, 201711:13 am

Twitter report: LaFayette QB JaTarvious Whitlow has signed with Auburn.

AtlantaTiger91 February 1, 201711:01 am

Of those 3, only Carlito Gonzalez does not show up on the Auburn Athletic website.

jbellison56 February 1, 201711:01 am

So Sam does that mean the 2017 class is pretty much complete?

AUglenn February 1, 201710:59 am

Yes I saw where Safety Carlito Gonzalez Signed With Auburn

samwatkins February 1, 201710:57 am

18 with 3, total of 21. Those three being Alaric Williams 4* ATH, Carlito Gonzalez 3* S & Bill Taylor 3* LS. Checking those against what twitter is saying (FWIW) and all three LOIs are in.

jbellison56 February 1, 201710:51 am

So total class of 24 … maybe we’ll get a surprise No.25 before it’s over.

samwatkins February 1, 201710:45 am

According to 247 Sports, we’re at 21 with only three commits not signed up.

Tigerpharm February 1, 201710:37 am

Thanks AtlantaTiger91

AtlantaTiger91 February 1, 201710:36 am

Auburn Athletic website shows 20 so far.

Tigerpharm February 1, 201710:33 am

I’m at work. Does anyone have that answer?

Tigerpharm February 1, 201710:22 am

How many confirmed commits in the class so far ATL?

AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger February 1, 201710:21 am

Not at all. Thought your “fair catcher” comment was funny..

neonbets February 1, 201710:18 am

Atkinson Tiger, please don’t think I’m making fun. I love all the recruiting analysis. I’ll be the first to look at the various rankings. Sometimes, it is funny, though.

neonbets February 1, 201710:15 am

‘The No. 2 Long-Snapper.’ That is kinda funny. I wonder if they have a ranking for ‘Fair-Catcher’—“Tony Smith has incredible extension and a robust waving motion when calling for a fair catch. We’ve put him at No. 4 in our latest Fair Catcher Rankings.”

AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger February 1, 201710:02 am

Se where ESPN ranked Taylor No.2 long snapper in the country.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:56 am

And Bill Taylor 

, 235
 is now an Auburn Tiger – Not often you see a long snapper mentioned in a signing day thread but here you are..

AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger February 1, 20179:45 am

DB Travon Leonard in the Tiger fold

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:43 am

Another “solid” commit, LOI is now in for Traivon Leonard CB 
 188; the most recent Auburn Tiger!

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:35 am

Alec Jackson DT
 270 is now an Auburn Tiger as his paperwork has been received.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:34 am

Nope – Ashley was the very first LOI received…

AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger February 1, 20179:33 am

LOL was about Carlson commit. But also wanted to say I like getting linemen and linebackers.

AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger February 1, 20179:32 am

That’s funny Tigerpharm

TD Moultry has great potential. On another note, some where I live was holding out hope that 5-star OT Calvin Ashley would go to Athens.but I see he wasted no time in getting in his LOI. to Auburn.

Tigerpharm February 1, 20179:30 am

His grandfather has to be saying, “Where did I go wrong.”

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:27 am

And we welcome the next “Legatron” as Anders Carlson has officially joined the Auburn family…

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:24 am

BUT, hello2196, the “blue shirt” option DOES count against the next year’s class so is probably used judicially…

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:20 am

And Tadarian (T D) Moultry 

 225 has his paperwork in and is now an Auburn Tiger!

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:19 am

It’s a loophole, period. But always taken advantage of…

hello2196 February 1, 20179:18 am

Okay, thank you

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:17 am

And Auburn now has paperwork for Jordyn Peters – a S
after at 6-2
, 185

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:16 am

A “Blue Shirt” is eligible to both enroll and play during the initial fall semester following their high school graduation or junior college transfer, but are not counted as an incoming scholarship player until the following year’s recruiting class.

hello2196 February 1, 20179:14 am

The Blue shirt rule???

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:13 am

Technically, a total of 25 but there is some “wiggle room”..

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:12 am

Depends on the “blue shirt” rule

hello2196 February 1, 20179:10 am

So with 7 already enrolled, how many can Auburn sign today?

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20179:05 am

In case folks didn’t see the primer last night – the following are already signed and on campus…

Jarrett Stidham 

, 210,
Nick Brahms 


Malcolm Askew 

, 183

, Enrolled
Kenney Britt 

Salvatore Cannella TE
Chandler Wooten OLB
Malik Willis 

, 188
, Enrolled

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:59 am

Thanks – Keep checking in – We will be here! War Eagle

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger February 1, 20178:58 am

War Eagle! Good job ATL. I’ll be checking back from time to time today.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:54 am

Devan Barrett, another considered to be a “solid” commit, now has his LOI in to Auburn and is officially on board. Barrett is a 6-0 190 RB…

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:49 am

Good Morning Pine Mt Tiger! Off to a good start as “solid” commits are getting their LOI’s in fairly early- Welcome to the thread and War Eagle!

Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger February 1, 20178:48 am

Good morning all. Looking for a big haul today.

AUjason February 1, 20178:48 am

Always like to see gators defeated in anything.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:47 am

Auburn beat out Florida for Truesdell

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:46 am

The 6-3, 335 DT did not set a time to announce but it is now official and he has paperwork in to Auburn. This is an awesome signee!

AUjason February 1, 20178:46 am

Come on Tyler Taylor, pull the trigger.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:45 am

And Tyrone Truesdell is now an Auburn Tiger.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:44 am

Agree – I love seeing those guys “in the trenches” join in

AUjason February 1, 20178:42 am

Glad to see Austin Troxell in the house, I hope another big ugaly comes in today.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:41 am

5* Calvin Ashley wasted no time at all as he was the first to send in his LOI

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:40 am

Yes – no surprises… Some commits deemed to be “solid” have sent their LOI’s in

AUjason February 1, 20178:39 am

Good morning Atl_AU_F. Good day so far?

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:39 am

While there isn’t much going on at the moment, I want to say that I’m not trying to cover NSD for every recruit and every team. The focus is on Auburn except where there is a recruit who has Auburn as a possibility. For those recruits, yes, I will update as any announcements are made. Just an FYI…

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:32 am

And, yet, another as ATH Alaric Williams has his LOI into Auburn. The 6-0 195 ATH committed to Auburn way back in July 2015 and has stayed committed throughout.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:29 am

Tyler Taylor is on the radar and is set to announce at 7:45 CT – The 6-2 230 ILB is poised to announce between Auburn, UGA, and OK.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:29 am

OL Austin Troxell now has his LOI in and is officially a member of the Auburn Family. Another “solid” commit, he joins the offensive line. At 6-7 315 Troxell should be able to provide some QB protection as well as opening up some gaps.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:24 am

It is still early but no surprises anywhere at this point. Auburn signees so far have long been considered “solid” commits so nothing shocking there although it’s still nice to have the LOI’s in hand.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:18 am

Noah Igbinoghene has his LOI in to Auburn – Welcome to the Auburn Family Noah!

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:13 am

Scott Fountain had first contact with Shenker and Fountain compares Shenker with Lutz.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:12 am

John Samuel Shenker has his LOI in to the Auburn Athletic Department and is now also a member of the Auburn Family. This is newly hired OC Chip Lindsey’s first offer and the LOI is in.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:09 am

Herb Hand seems overjoyed in the interview following receipt of the LOI from Ashley. Should be a handful on the offensive line.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20178:07 am

We have three TV’s and two computers in addition to the one I am using for the Open Thread and we are about to get started early here as Calvin Ashley is now not only a commit but now a signee. War Eagle and welcome to the Auburn Family! Ashley has long been an Auburn commit and he wasted no time in putting pen to paper.

ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN February 1, 20177:52 am

War Eagle, good morning, and welcome to National Signing Day 2017!

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