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jangalang
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
I’d settle for a solid crystal ball at this point.


AUFan2015
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Auburn football recruiting chat recap

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Q: Keith, who is the next to commit to AU?

A: Well, since 4-star DE/LB Jeremiah Williams of Birmingham (Ala.) MIGHT -- yes MIGHT -- commit in the next couple of weeks, all eyes have to be on him. The chatter about Florida has to be concerning to the Tigers. And yes, there is some confidence coming from Gainesville. Everything we continue to hear is that this one is tight. REALLY tight. Still probably could go either way. That's hard to believe for an in-state kid, but Williams apparently loves the plan Florida has for him. He told 247Sports' Blake Alderman this a few days ago: "I would rush the passer, I would play in the box, I would drop back into coverage and cover the slot. They see me moving around back there and not just being a edge rusher, but I can do that too in some plays."

Auburn has liked Williams at the buck but certainly would use him in different spots, too, if that's what he wants.

For the Tigers, the best hope is that their strong relationships with Williams will be the difference. He has consistently said over and over he is closer to Gus Malzahn than any coach recruting. Also, some in his family prefer the Tigers.

This would be a bitter pill to swallow should Auburn not land him.

But it sounds like the Tigers feel a little better about things now than they did a week ago.

If it's not Williams, than defensive tackle Marquis Robinson (AU leads), cornerback Kamari Lassiter (UGA, AU with a decision coming probably in August) and perhaps Baylor receiver commit Hal Presley (AU is pushing hard) would be three to watch.




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Q: From what has been written, it seems the coaches are very high on Lassiter. I think I read you think the Dawgs have a slight lead. Do you think AU has a shot and is his offer even committable at Georgia?

A: Karmari Lassiter is the 3-star corner from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) American Christian. I talked to him Friday afternoon. You can find the latest update HERE:  LINK

In my opinion, Georgia may have a little edge as of this moment. He's from Georgia originally and I'm sure there is some pull to Athens because of that. Everything we're heard is that, yes, the Bulldogs want him in the class.

This came from Rusty Mansell of Dawgs247: "Spoke with a trusted source on Wednesday night about 2021 CB Kamari Lassiter from Alabama. That source told me that a few schools think UGA is the team a little ahead for him right now. I know from my end that UGA is recruiting him hard."

Now, does Auburn have a shot? I believe so. Multiple coaches are working on Lassiter, including Malzahn andd secondary coach Wesley McGriff. He really loves the Auburn staff and the family vibe in Auburn.

Will that be enough for the Tigers? Hard to know. Both schools have a major need at his position.

Jason Caldwell: I really, really like Lassiter. He's definitely a guy that Auburn is high on as well. The Tigers have a great shot with him IMO.




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Q: You keep us so posted it's hard to think of what to ask. I know the latest on most everyones recruitment I've been following. Here's on --- would AU take Nyland Green, Kool Aid & Harvey?

A: Would Auburn take 4-star corner Nyland Green, 5-star corner/receiver Ga'Quincy McKinstry and 4-star Ahmari Harvey?

YES!!!!

Absolutely, the Tigers would take all three if they can.

Also, don't forget this about each of these three players -- all are capable of playing corner or safety. A lot of corners could move back to safety. But not many safeties can move up and play corner -- but Harvey may be one of those who can.

Auburn has a shot with all three.

With Green, it's Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. With McKinstry, it's Auburn, Alabama and LSU. With Harvey, I'm not really sure who Auburn will have to beat out -- maybe Florida State. Yeah, I'll go with FSU.




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Q: Three questions ....

1. I know you said you see Kool-Aid being more of a safety. Is the staff recruiting him as a safety or CB or both?

2. Can you give an update on Dylan Brooks recruitment?

3. What's this I'm hearing that we have 1-2 silent commits?

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1. The staff is recruiting 5-star Ga'Quincy McKinstry as a corner and receiver. Any thoughts about him at safety are mine and mine alone.

2. Nothing new on Brooks, the 4-star Vols defensive end commit. Many think if anything happens, it would be later in the cycle.

3. We haven't ever reported anything about silents. If insiders said it, you'll have to ask them what they know. If we don't report it, then we don't have much.




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Q: Outside of Ahmari Harvey, who are the coaches looking at at S?

A: Auburn already has one safety committed with Phillip O'Brien Jr. of Deerfield Beach (Fla.). He's really good. Forget about his ranking, the Tigers love him. They really don't have to take a second safety. One reason for that is because if you get in a jam, you can always move a corner back there. McKinstry and Green, two big Auburn targets, both are capable of playing safety if needed.

But ...

The Tigers still like Terrion Arnold of Florida lot. Many think he's leaning Alabama. Vols commit De'Shawn Rucker, also of Florida, is someone else to watch.

Coincidentally, Harvey, Arnold and Rucker are all in Tallahassee.

Finally, there's Jah'von Grigsby of Louisiana. The Crystal Ball favors Michigan State but you get the feeling Auburn would have a shot if it pushes.




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Q: Who is Auburn looking at linebacker besides Smael Mondon and Xavian Sorey? Is landing McKinstry, Harvey, Green, and Lassiter all together realistic? It would be something else if that did happen.

A: 1. If Auburn strikes out on 5-star Smael Mondon (Tigers might get him) and 5-star Xavian Sorey, then I think you'd have to watch guys like Boston College commit Trevin Wallace of Georgia and Arkansas commit Raheim Sanders of Florida. Per one of our board insiders (Dukes), Auburn also has interest in Louisville commit Jackson Hamilton. Still recruiting Alabama commit Deontae Lawson, but that feels like a longshot.

Wallace's stock is really rising.

Oklahoma offered him this week and I've since learned the Sooners are extremely high on him and would take him right now.

He actually had an uncle play there, Watch out for Oklahoma there. And if Auburn starts to push, you could have a really good battle.

But again, right now I really think Auburn has a good shot with Mondon. With Sorey, I'm not feeling Auburn there at this time.

2. Possible, but will not be easy!






AUFan2015
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Q: Is Kason Boston someone we push harder for if we whiff on a few guys or is he an absolute take if we offer him in the near future? Is the staff just waiting to see how he does senior year or are they close to offering him?

A: For those wondering, Kason Boston is an unranked defensive end at Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin. I honestly haven't heard his name much. My hunch is the Tigers are in evaluation mode there.

Not having spring practice -- or summer camps -- did him no favors. Every year, that's when sleepers emerge from the crowd and become big targets.

This year, we got none of that. That means there are some hidden gems out there ... we all know it. True hidden gems who will be big-time college players.

Auburn has one defensive lineman committed and will probably try to add three or four more. Miss a few and we'll see what happens.

Jason Caldwell: I believe he's going to be a guy that big schools want to see play this season because he looks so different than he did as a junior. If Auburn offered they would have a great shot IMO.




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Q: Are there any recruits out there that Auburn is evaluating that has a DJ Williams recruitment feel to it, where the kid blows up skill and rankings wise before the signing period?

A: I haven't heard of many to be honest. There may be some, but I haven't heard many names. With no spring practice or summer camps, every school in the country has essentially poured through the same highlights from 2019.

They're all doing the same thing. And basically recruiting the same guys.

That's a question you'll have to ask late fall.

Auburn didn't even know about Williams until very late in the cycle. And that was with a spring practice that year.

Obviously, a guy we just mentioned potentially could be one of those guys -- defensive end Kason Boston of Birmingham.

Not sure people realize how much spring practice changed the dynamic of this cycle. That's usually the time of year when boards shift A LOT - and when many new names emerge.

Now, guys that would have shot up the recruiting boards are still hidden somewhat. So this fall, there could be numerous new faces emerge.




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Q: July is closing fast. Will we turn to Aug. before we land our next public commitment?

A: Since no big targets have announced specific commitment dates in July, maybe.




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Q: Losing out on Wiliiams would seem to be a real gut punch, given the time and energy invested in recruiting him and being an in-state guy. IF Auburn misses, where do they go then to fill that spot?

A: Well, for starters, Auburn still is working on 4-star Vols commit Dylan Brooks. The two sides continue to communicate so he would be someone to watch.

Also, Auburn is far and ahead the team to beat -- if it pushes -- with junior college player Jimmori Robinson of Monroe College (N.Y.). He's not a fall-back plan, but on the defensive line the Tigers typically like to wait until later in the cycle before adding someone form the junior colleges. He's listed at 6-feet-6, 248 pounds.

Meanwhile, Auburn continues to heavily recruit LSU commit Keanu Koht of Florida.

Jabril McNeill of North Carolina could be another to watch. Right now, the Crystal Ball favors NC State.




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Q: What about cornerback Nyland Green? The Georgia board seems pretty confident right now regarding his recruitment.

A: Well, like we reported recently, Clemson is fading and Georgia and Tennessee now are Auburn's biggest competition. I talked to someone the other day who really likes Georgia's chances, but just a couple weeks ago I was told the Bulldogs really hadn't recruited him as consistently as some other schools. Having missed on some corners, Georgia no doubt has ramped things up. It had to. And he likes that program a lot.

But Auburn is right there, very much in contention. The chance for early playing time is appealing. He's close with numerous members of the Tigers staff. One of his vey best friends already is on the team.

Yeah, the Tigers have a solid shot here.

Tennessee has emerged as a darkhorse and can't be counted out either.




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Q: Who was the first Auburn recruit you ever interviewed when you got into this business? This is a question for Jason and Keith.

A: Robert Baker ... He was a special high school player.

Jason Caldwell: Wow. I'll have to think way back on this one. I believe Travaris Robinson was one of the first guys I remember talking with. DeMarco McNeil and Deandre Green were a couple more. Also Michael Owens, a RB from Deshler.




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Q: Would we take both Shambre Jackson and Marquis Robinson or is it one or the other?

A: Different positions. Jackson probably is a strong-side end. Robinson is a tackle. Jackson told 247Sports this week Alabama and FSU were recruiting him the hardest.

I like Auburn's chances with Robinson.

Would Auburn take both? If spots were open, I don't see why not. I know they're pushing for Robinson. Not sure with Jackson. Don't know right now.




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Q: Time seems to stand still in this COVID fog. Feels like a year since AU received our last commitment. Heck, feels like 9 months since we got a crystal ball.

If Williams signs up that would be a huge boost, but every day it sounds like things are getting tighter with UF. Starting to feel like the Tri-Lams, Keith. What’s you best pep talk for your AUC brethren? Make it up if you have to!



A: Be patient. That's all I can ever say ... but history has proven that in time Gus Malzahn and the Tigers should have a pretty good class.

His worst finish is No. 12.




jangalang
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
I think we got a defensive transfer from Kent State.

LINK


ellitor
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Walk on


TheJones
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
KN continues to mention Hal Presley could flip.

Also, Dylan Brooks is 250lbs now. Also mentioned he’a down to 3 schools AU, Bama, and Tennessee. Says he likes how he feels on campus at UT. Said he hasn’t made a final call



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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
? I thought he committed months ago?


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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Hunter, Brooks, and McKinstry would be such an amazing defensive class and all from AL too.


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TheJones
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
He did


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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Garner says it ain’t over til it’s over


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TheJones
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Mims has pushed his commitment back to his birthday. Auburn is still a long shot and I’m not sure this means anything.

Jeremiah Williams no longer appears to be set to commit soon. Lots of UF chatter picked up the last month. No idea if this helps or hurts AU either


RandySavage
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No idea if this helps or hurts AU either


Well if we led and now another team is coming on strong and he pushes his date back, the tea leaves say that isn't good.


jt33
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Some people are saying we weren't leading and he was going to commit to UF this week until we made the same pitch as them about dropping back into coverage... Its hard to tell whats right and whats wrong though.


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TheJones
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Jeremiah Williams talking about making a commitment soonish was during the middle of all the UF chatter. Now he has pushed it back

My comment was more or less based on an idea that we have no concrete information on how much Williams likes UF and we don’t have information on whether that possible earlier commitment was a product of any UF interest. All that to say — there’s a lot of noise on the tea leaves right now


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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Are coaches allowed to be recruiting right now?

Just wondering. Auburn’s plane was in Tampa today.


TheJones
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
This is a dead period so they shouldn’t be out and about seeing anyone


jangalang
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
We got a CB for 4* Safety Ahmari Harvey from a FSU writer.

Boom!


TheJones
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We got a CB




jangalang
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
Back to the Jones show. I’m addicted to checking the CB page. Not reading intel articles.


TheJones
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re: Crootin’ thread — 3* DE Okoli & 4* DT Robinson commits
I feel like all of the intel has been the same for months now. This CB is the first tangible thing I’ve seen in a long time


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