Alabama had a monster weekend, recruiting wise–but during just about every other recruiting weekend, Auburn’s addition of two blue chippers would have been the biggest splash.
The Tigers had a great spring ball experience, and they also brought in two more commitments to the fray. The biggest name to come in was that of safety Ben Edwards of national power Trinity Christian in Jacksonville (Fla.). Edwards is a four-star prospect who not only is an outstanding DB recruit, but also may be the key in helping sway prep teammates Jeff Holland and maybe even LSU commitment Kevin Toliver. Holland is seriously considering Auburn, even telling 247Sports.com over the weekend that the Tigers are his new leader, but he also has nearby Florida hot on his heals. Toliver has been a long-time LSU commitment, but teammates have a way of working on each other.
Edwards was briefly an Ohio State commitment, as well. Auburn wrestled him loose.
“Ben’s a great kid, he can play anywhere,” Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey told the Florida Times-Union recently. “He’s got a 3.86 (grade point average) in the classroom, he’s already got the test scores. Stanford’s recruiting him, Northwestern’s recruiting him, they’ve both offered. He’s easy to coach. He just will fly downhill and just knock you out. He’s fearless.”
The other big pickup was Marietta (Ga.) native Bailey Sharp, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle. In-state Georgia also would have loved to have kept Sharp home, but the allure of playing for the national runner up was big. Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina also offered.