Auburn’s 2018 signing class will finish just outside the top 10 for the first time since 2012. Though the 2018 class won’t be as highly-rated as Auburn fans are used to, there are numerous players be excited about.
Seth Williams, wide receiver, 6-3 215
Auburn went into Tuscaloosa and was able to add a massive pass-catcher to its crowded receiving core. The four-star wide receiver possesses size, athleticism, and natural ability that will be a featured piece of Gus Malzahn’s offense in the near future.
Williams is a different type of receiver than most of Auburn’s wide outs and will have a shot to earn early playing time.
Biggest immediate need
Christian Tutt, cornerback, 5-11 195
Auburn loses a lot in its defensive backfield after departures from Carlton Davis, Tray Matthews, and Stephen Roberts. While the Tigers return some corners, depth was needed.
Tutt, a four-star prospect from Georgia, has the chance to earn early playing time in Kevin Steele’s defense. He’s an athletic and physical defender that will be able to play on the outside during his Auburn career.
Justyn Ross, wide receiver, 6-4, 197
Ross, the top-ranked player in the state of Alabama, entered National Signing Day with a clear-cut top three: Auburn, Alabama, and Clemson. Ross chose the ACC’s Tigers and Alabama’s top prospect will head out of state to play his college football for the first time since Jameis Winston signed with Florida State in 2012.
Though Auburn has four receivers in this class plus several offensive “gadget” guys, Ross is the type of talent Auburn would have loved to plug into its offense. Especially difficult to swallow was that Ross played his high school football 30 minutes from campus at Central High School in Phenix City.
Joey Gatewood, quarterback, 6-5 230
The quarterback in the 2018 class has already drawn praise, excitement and comparisons to Cam Newton from coaches and fans. Gatewood is a huge quarterback who was a very effective as both a passer and physical runner during his prep career at Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonvile, Fla.
Gatewood stayed committed to Auburn for three years and fans appreciate his loyalty. He has the size and strength to succeed during his time at Auburn, but fans may have to wait a few years to see him in a starting role. Gatewood is still raw as a passer and he will have time to develop behind Jarrett Stidham and Malik Willis.
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