UGA prepares to raid Auburn’s recruits in Georgia after Chizik’s firing
Auburn lost one of its top Georgia recruits after Sunday’s firing of coach Gene Chizik.
And the Tigers may lose some more:
5-star LB Reuben Foster did not flip from Auburn to UGA over the weekend, as some expected. Will he still do it? (AJC)
- WR Ja’Quay Williams: He de-committed from Auburn on Sunday night after returning from his official visit to UGA over the weekend. The Bulldogs are now considered the frontrunner for Williams, who is also looking at Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and maybe Auburn again. Williams was the state’s No. 1 prospect at WR last year out of Sandy Creek High School and signed with Auburn after almost flipping to UGA at the last minute. However, Williams is a free agent again after not meeting NCAA entrance requirements. He is spending this fall at a prep school and hopes to enroll at a four-year college in January. CLICK HERE
- LB Reuben Foster: If UGA could have a draft for Auburn recruits, Foster would be the No. 1 pick. Foster was rumored to be possibily switching his commitment from Auburn to UGA over the weekend after making an unofficial visit to see the Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech. He visited with his best buddy Tray Matthews, the Newnan High School DB who is committed to UGA. However, Foster had yet to de-commit on late Sunday night. He may be waiting to see if Auburn retains his favorite assistant, famed recruiter Trooper Taylor. There’s going to be lots of drama left with the former Troup High School star.
- DE Carl Lawson: Either Lawson is taking the firing of Chizik really hard or he just wants to keep a low profile while he figures things out. We’d bet on the latter. But it’s going to be hard for the Milton High School defensive end who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN. On Sunday, Lawson declined to comment on the status of his commitment to Auburn to reporters. On the day before, Lawson made an unofficial visit to Clemson, which has suddenly emerged as a serious contender. Lawson grew up a fan of UGA, but had already been committed to Auburn for two months before the Bulldogs showed any serious interest last spring. Lawson will take an official visit to Auburn and possibly Clemson and Ole Miss, reported AuburnSports.com’s Justin Hokanson. Lawson’s Milton teammate and good friend, RB Peyton Barber, is committed to Ole Miss.
- LB Trey Johnson: Georgia’s best linebacker not named Reuben Foster is still officially committed to Auburn but visiting other colleges as if he is not. Johnson took a recruiting trip to Ohio State this weekend. “He had a great time, and he loved every bit of it,” Central Gwinnett High School coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “With Auburn, he is kind of letting everybody know he doesn’t want to talk about (the firing). He’s going to step back and see what they do over there. He’s taking all of his visits. Then he’s going to make the best decision after all of his visits.” Johnson’s next trips are to USC and Florida, along with probably Penn State.
- TE AJ Jackson: The 6-foot-6 senior from Lovejoy High School took an unofficial visit to Florida State over the weekend. “Right now, I’m still committed to Auburn,” Jackson told the AJC. “I want to take my time because, you know, it’s a pretty big decision in my life. I want to talk to my family about it, and my mom. I want to see who the new coach is that comes in.” FSU is the top contender for Jackson. “They’re still on top right now,” he said. “If anything ever happens (with Auburn), if I ever change my mind, I’m going to Florida State. I had a good time down there this weekend.” Ole Miss and Mississippi State are also in the running for Jackson.
Auburn’s other recruits from the state are Camden County High School LB Jarrad Davis and Harrison High School punter Jimmy Hutchinson.
BUSY, BUSY WEEKEND
WE’RE LESS THAN THREE MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
- – By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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