In the aftermath of last week’s Big Cat Weekend IV recruiting visit extravaganza, Auburn has landed commitments from a pair of three-star prospects in the upcoming 2013 class. In case you missed it, we’ll get you all caught up on both commits, plus some other ‘krootin-related news and notes, right here, right now. Of course, both commitments were reported first by the recruiting gurus at AuburnSports.com, AuburnUndercover.com, and Inside The Auburn Tigers.
JAHMERE IRVIN-SILLS COMMITS: We’ll start with Auburn’s most recent commitment, who made his plans to sign with Auburn known Friday night. Jahmere Irvin-Sills is a 5-foot-10, 173-pound cornerback and return specialist now of Eastern Christian Academy in Maryland, after transferring there from Red Lion Christian Academy (the Fightin’ Angelo Blacksons, as they’re known around here.) Irvin-Sills is listed as a three-star prospect on his Scout page, his 247 page, and his Rivals page. He’s said to have garnered offers from West Virginia, Boston College, and several others.
Jahmere marks the second defensive back commit of the class, after universal three-star Kamryn Melton, and he’s the seventh out of 11 current 2013 commits to come from the defensive side of the ball. Irvin-Sills may have committed a week after Big Cat Weekend, but he actually wasn’t there and, in fact, hasn’t even had an on-campus visit to Auburn, not yet. But he’s surely heard plenty of things from his buddy Blackson and, of course, he’s set to visit the Plains in a couple of weeks.
But what you really want are the highlights. You can see Irvin-Sills in action for yourself during his Red Lion days — playing cornerback, nickelback, wide receiver, kick returner, waterboy, everything — right here.
A.J. JACKSON COMMITS: We go from a commit from a small private school in Delaware to tight end Arshad Jackson (but you can call him “A.J.”), hailing from a large public school in the biggest classification in Georgia. After the dust settled from Big Cat Weekend, Jackson was the first, and so far only, attendee to announce a commitment.
Jackson is listed as 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, and was a part of a Lovejoy High School squad that made it to the Georgia 5A state championship game a year ago. He’s billed as a universal three-star prospect, as seen on his 247 page, his Rivals page, and his Scout page. Jackson is reported to have had quite the offer sheet, including Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri, and many more. He stands as just the third offensive player set to sign with Auburn in the class of 2013, after quarterback Jeremy Johnson and wide receiver Earnest Robinson.
Amidst the buzz of Big Cat Weekend, Jackson’s commitment garnered a lot of media attention. Bryan Matthews and Auburn Undercover have a free article on Jackson’s commitment right here, while Charles Goldberg had a story of his own on Jackson with even more quotes and the like here. The Auburn Undercover guys also had even more info on Jackson, and a breakdown from one of 247’s national analysts, in this free article.
But, hey, we know what you’re here for, and that’s the highlights. The folks at AuburnSports have a video embedded here, alongside a free article on Jackson from Justin Hokanson. It might be more of the same roll on YouTube, but there you might find a couple more plays, and, as always, your customary hip hop instrumentals.
SEEING STARS: In other ‘krootin news, a couple of the recruiting sites did a bit of housekeeping lately, and a few Auburn prospects found themselves re-ranked and re-rated.
Over at Rivals, Auburn commits Carl Lawson and Dee Liner both became five-star prospects. Lawson moved from being Rivals’ 91st-overall prospect to 14th nationally, and is now the service’s top-ranked weakside defensive end. Liner upgraded from 42nd overall to 15th overall, and is now listed as their third-best strongside defensive end nationally.
Lawson was also upgraded to a five-star player by 247. Their national analysts also have Lawson as the nation’s best weakside defensive end, and they have Lawson listed as the 18th overall prospect nationally.
Lawson and Liner join Earnest Robinson and Trey Johnson as current Auburn commits set to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
A quote from Carl Lawson, in that free Auburn Undercover article: “I promise you some more 5-stars are coming to Auburn. I know that for a fact.”
Let’s hope that you are so right, Carl.