- SEC TEAM RANK: No. 4
- NATIONAL TEAM RANK: No. 6
- LAST YEAR’S FINISH: No. 7 (SEC); No. 13 (nation).
- NO. 1 CURRENT RECRUIT: RB Racean Thomas (No. 23 nationally).
- SDS 3-STAR ‘SLEEPER’ STAR: TE Chris Laye is a huge target. He’s a great kid, and … he won the SDS recruit picks contest last fall. That has to count for something! OL Xavier Dampeer is another diamond in the rough who loves his new school and the opportunity it brings.
- SUM THE DAY UP: Auburn fans probably have a love hate affair with national signing day. On one hand the Tigers added two nice four-star recruits in Andrew Williams and Braden Smith, but lost the hometown five-star LB in a shocking move when Rashaan Evans chose Alabama—probably the biggest surprise of the day.
- OVERALL: Hey, not getting Evans hasn’t damaged the national runner-up’s class. This is still a group that is firmly within the nation’s top 10—a much better showing than last year. QB Sean White is a keeper, and hey … Auburn snatched a few prime Alabama targets this year too, so they got their shots in. Overall, nice effort.
Editor’s note: All team and individual ratings referenced by Saturday Down South are according to 247Sports.com’s composite ranking, which averages all services. Team rankings are as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the current commitments, with ranking and early enrollment details:
|Kalvaraz Bessent||DB||Kingsland, GA||6’1″||188||4|
|Markell Boston||ATH||Sharpsburg, GA||6’2″||200||3|
|Myron Burton||ATH||Suwanee, GA||6’3″||205||3|
|Xavier Dampeer||OL||Wesson, MS||6’4″||300||3||YES|
|De’Shaun Davis||LB||Prichard, AL||6’0″||224||3|
|Raashed Kennion||DE||Jacksonville, FL||6’6″||225||3|
|DaVonte Lambert||DE||Milledgeville, GA||6’3″||275||4|
|Devaroe Lawrence||DT||Milledgeville, GA||6’3″||275||3|
|Chris Laye||TE||Suwanee, GA||6’6″||225||3||YES|
|Jakell Mitchell||TE||Opelika, AL||6’4″||210||3|
|Derrick Moncrief||DB||Perkinston, MS||6’3″||226||4||YES|
|Kamryn Pettway||RB||Prattville, AL||6’0″||230||3|
|Stephen Roberts||DB||Opelika, AL||6’1″||179||4|
|Nicholas Ruffin||DB||Atlanta, GA||6’0″||172||4|
|Dontavius Russell||DT||Carrollton, GA||6’3″||298||4|
|Braden Smith||OL||Olathe, KS||6’6”||290||4|
|Racean Thomas||RB||Oxford, AL||5’11″||198||5|
|Justin Thornton||DE||Prichard, AL||6’6″||220||4|
|Stanton Truitt||ATH||Monroe, GA||5’9″||177||4||YES|
|Sean White||QB||Fort Lauderdale, FL||6’2″||204||4|
|Andrew Williams||DE||McDonough, GA||6’4”||250||4|
|D’haquille Williams||WR||Perkinston, MS||6’3″||190||4||YES|
|Tre’ Williams||LB||Mobile, AL||6’2″||220||5|