Auburn Football Recruiting Weekly (April 4): Looking at WR

While National Signing Day for the recruiting class of 2016 was almost exactly two months ago, Auburn has already laid much groundwork for the next cycle.

The Tigers have put themselves into a good position for several top 2017 talents and secured the verbals of three others with consensus blue-chipper Calvin Ashley serving as the early centerpiece.

Let’s see where exactly Auburn stands with its 2017 class, starting with its current commitments, and then looking at where things are at wide receiver in particular.

Last week, we covered both linebacker and quarterback recruiting.

State of the Class: Auburn has three commitments for the 2017 cycle.

 Commit Pos. Ht. Wt. From Highest Rank
 Calvin Ashley OT 6′ 6″ 310 Orlando, Fla. No. 6 (ESPN)
 Alaric Williams RB 6′ 0″ 200 Gadsden, Ala. No. 103 (247Sports)
 Carlito Gonzalez S 6′ 1″ 190 Stone Mountain, Ga. No. 245 (ESPN)

While Auburn would no doubt like to add to its list of commitments sooner than later, all three verbals are from nationally ranked players, including a potential franchise left tackle in Calvin Ashley.

Ashley — who will be heavily recruited by powerhouse programs all the way to Signing Day — celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday, and the Tigers’ recruiting team was on top of things.

The big offensive lineman remains firm in his commitment.

Wide Receiver Outlook: Wide Open

Auburn signed a monster receiver class last cycle, consisting of Nate Craig-Myers (No. 35/Rivals), Kyle Davis (No. 54/247Sports+ESPN), Eli Stove (No. 56/Rivals), and Marquis McClain.

That, combined with the fact that the Tigers have a new wide receiver coach in Kodi Burns, has left things a bit up in the air when it comes to recruiting the position.

One thing is for sure, however: Burns is not afraid to take his shots no matter where his targets may be.

Just as of late:

On Wednesday, Burns offered Texas A&M commit Mannie Netherly (No. 173/Scout) out of the Lone Star State.

The very next day, offers went out to Los Angeles, Calif., for five-star Joseph Lewis (No. 8/Scout) . . .

. . . and Bradenton, Fla., for Jhamon Ausbon (No. 39/247Sports).

Also on Thursday, a five-star prospect out of Corona, Calif., Tyjon Lindsey (No. 14/247Sports), announced that Auburn was among the final 10 schools under consideration for his signature on National Signing Day.

The Tigers offered Lindsey back on Feb. 25.

Most recently, top 10 overall recruit Donovan Peoples-Jones (No. 7/247Sports), who is from Detroit, Mich., arrived in Auburn on Friday night for a visit and will likely attend practice today.

With the haul the Tigers had last cycle at receiver, Burns can afford to be a little picky.

However many spots he has to fill, it’s quite clear he plans to make them count.