Auburn has lost another receiver to the transfer portal.

According to On3’s Hayes Fawcett, third-year wideout Jay Fair has submitted his name to the transfer portal and plans to leave the Tigers after 2 seasons and 22 appearances. He is the fifth Auburn receiver to transfer out of the program since December.

Fair was the team’s third-leading receiver last fall, bringing in 31 receptions for 324 yards and 2 touchdowns in 13 games. The 5-foot-10 Dallas native had 2 receptions for 34 yards as a true freshman last season.

His departure when taken in conjunction with the rest of the attrition in the room is just the latest sign things have officially been handed over to the youngsters.

Nine receivers caught a pass last year for Auburn. Only 3 of them return. The 2024 class brought Georgia State transfer Robert Lewis and Cal transfer Sam Jackson V, as well as perhaps the best crop of freshmen wideouts anywhere in the country.

Cam Coleman and Bryce Cain went through spring ball with the team. Coleman shined in the spring game, with 4 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Perry Thompson and Malcolm Simmons — both blue-chippers — join the program this summer.

Coleman has star potential. But Auburn is understandably excited about each of the 4 freshmen. The Tigers aren’t done, though.

After the spring concluded, coach Hugh Freeze told reporters that wide receiver was an area he wanted to target in the transfer portal to add depth to the room. Clearly boosting the pass game was a point of emphasis this offseason for Auburn, which ranked 124th in passing yardage last year.

“The more talented receivers we get, the better our passing game is going to be,” Freeze said. “I’m confident that we can move the football if we continue to add pieces to the talent of the roster. And I think we’ve done that some, but we need to continue to do that.”

The Tigers haven’t even had a top-80 passing offense by efficiency since 2018. Finding ways to generate more explosive plays through the air is at the top of Freeze’s to-do list this offseason.