The 2018 Auburn Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Auburn Recruiting Class Overview
Who wants to get the offense going?
It’s a phenomenal class that doesn’t do too much for the line, but is loaded with top-shelf skill players and enough versatility to move around some parts to receiver or defensive back.
The D got a few nice parts for the line – starting with tackle Coynis Miller for the inside – and the defensive backs are terrific. Corner Christian Tutt and safety Jamien Sherwood will be fixtures in the secondary soon enough.
But it’s the other side that cranked it up, with Asa Martin a special running back with next-level upside, WR Anthony Schwartz committing after the early signing period, and and landing Joey Gatewood, the next great Auburn quarterback.
The Auburn Class Is Heavy On …
Schwartz was a nice get, and Seth Williams spurned Alabama – despite going to Paul Bryant High – to give the Tigers a 6-2 target who can go up and get the ball. And then there’s the versatility from some of the late commitments.
Richard Jimbunor is a 6-4, 210-pounder from Athens, Georgia – and the Bulldogs didn’t get him. He could turn into a tight end, and 6-1, 185-pound speedy Matthew Hill might end up as a corner if he doesn’t star for the offensive side.
No matter how all the parts work out, there are plenty of weapons for …
The Star of the Auburn Class Is …
QB Joey Gatewood, 6-4, 225
He was a part of the Auburn mix early in his high school career, and he still signed on despite getting love from everyone with a big name. The Jacksonville native was wanted by Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and on and on and on.
And why? No, he’s not another Cam Newton, but he’s got the same size, the same smooth, fluid game, and he cam move. He might have to wait behind Jarrett Stidham for a year, but be shocked if he’s not the opening day starter in 2019.
The Auburn Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There’s no replacing PK Daniel Carlson, but some young options are in the mix, and Arryn Siposs was signed on from Australia.
Some new running backs are needed after losing Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway, but Kam Martin is good enough to come up with a big season if the blocking is there.
Four starters are gone up front, with guard Mike Horton the only returner. There’s not a whole lot of help from this class to help immediately, and the depth needs to be developed, too.