Your extremely irregular Auburn recruiting update.
Just because. Jake Holland highlights:
Under Armour All-American Holland is one of several Auburn commitments who you could fairly say are “tearing it up” early in the high school season. Holland made 14 tackles, forced a fumble, and recovered two in his Sept. 4 outing for Pelham, and last Friday made 15 tackles and again both forced and recovered a fumble. As I’ve said previously: between 2010 commits Holland, LaDarius Owens, Jawara White, and Jessel Curry, Auburn’s quite unlikely to have any problems with linebacking depth in a couple of seasons.
More. Also impressive last Friday was Lincoln’s D.J. Howard, and that comes straight from the Anniston Star’s Auburn beat man Luke Brietzke:
Even in a 49-13 loss at Handley last night, Auburn commit and current Lincoln star D.J. Howard looked like a future star.
Howard only touched the ball 11 times (including two catches for two yards) and finished with nine rushes for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns …
When Howard gets to Auburn, it might not be as a tailback. Auburn might use him instead as a safety. Last night erased any doubt that he could be a valuable addition to the Tigers’ backfield, though.
Howard is one of the more lightly-regarded members of Auburn’s 2010 class by the recruitniks, but ignoring a first-hand account from a neutral source like Brietzke would just be silly. Auburn seems to have themselves a serious athlete here.
Big weekend. As if the stakes weren’t already high enough for Saturday’s showdown with West Virginia, Chizik and Co. have (apparently) arranged for a number of high-profile unofficial visitors to be in attendance on Saturday. It goes without saying that a big, impressive showing would be a help. (Assuming said recruits actually make it to campus–plans like these are, obviously, subject to change.)
Probably the biggest names on the list are Michael Dyer and Trovon Reed, but right behind them would be Georgia DT Mike Thornton. Auburn has been squarely in Thornton’s radar for months–he even gets described as a “lifelong-Tiger fan” in that August Rivals header–and given his offer sheet (Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Penn St., Clemson, etc.) and high level of guru approval, he would be a massive catch. I have no idea how difficult it’s going to be to pull him out of Georgia (that’s for people more insider-y than me) but landing him would be just about as big for Auburn as netting one of the big skill position guys, and Auburn appears to have a shot at him, at the least. He’s a name that bears watching.
Approval. Rivals finally got around to ranking this year’s JUCO prospects, and Auburn DE commitment Joel Bonomolo graded out as a four-star and the class’s No. 17 JUCO prospect. Not a huge deal–it’s not like Rivals’ ranking is a kind of fairy dust that makes Bonomolo a better player–but it’s still nice to have the further confirmation that Auburn’s picking up a legit prospect.
The elephant in the room. Other than Dakota Mosley‘s impending visit, no positive developments to report on the offensive line front, unfortunately.
Etc. Already-offered 2011 QB Jeff Driskell was in Auburn to watch the Mississippi State game and came away impressed–which, like, how could you not be … five-star megaback Marcus Lattimore has scheduled a visit for the Ole Miss game … Rivals four-star Arkansas CB Anterio Sloan decommitted from Nebraska recently and named Auburn his leader, but he apparently doesn’t have an offer from Chizik and Co. quite yet.