Recruiting Roundup: Big Week for the Tigers
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Auburn has had a busy week on the recruiting trail, as Gus Malzahn’s staff received commitments from four of its targets and is looking to add a few more after a successful weekend.
The first commitment of the weekend is also the Tigers’ first commitment for the 2019 class. George Pickens, a four-star wide receiver, from Hoover, Alabama gave his verbal to Auburn last Friday. Pickens, the fourth-ranked recruit in Alabama for the 2019 class, made the announcement during an unofficial visit to the Plains. Pickens will be playing alongside his high school current teammate, Shedrick Jackson—a 2018 Auburn receiver commit—when he comes to play for the Tigers.
The second commitment came on the same day from Josh Marsh—an outside linebacker from Decatur, Alabama. The three-star prospect is a lifelong Auburn fan, and after a solid display for the Auburn coaching staff at Auburn’s camp on Friday afternoon, Gus Malzahn gave him the offer he was hoping to receive. Marsh committed on the spot.
Michael Harris, a four-star inside linebacker out of Tucker, GA, was the Tigers’ third commitment of the week. Harris picked the Tigers over Georgia and Ohio State—seemingly putting an end to a recruiting battle that the Auburn coaching staff has been yearning to win. Harris attended Auburn’s recruiting cookout that the program hosted over the weekend before committing to the Tigers on Monday.
On Tuesday afternoon, three-star safety Jamien Sherwood announced his decision to play for the Tigers. Sherwood, the No. 33 ranked safety in the nation, plays out of Jensen Beach High School in Florida. According to 247Sports, Sherwood committed privately to the Auburn coaching staff during the recruiting cookout on Saturday before making his decision public on Tuesday afternoon. Sherwood is planning on graduating in December and will arrive on campus in time for spring practice next year.
So after four commitments, three for the 2018 class and one for the 2019 class, Auburn now has 11 total commits for the 2018 class and has moved up to No. 30 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings. Gus Malzahn’s staff is looking to add around 14 more recruits for the 2018 class.
Still a long way to go.