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February 5, 2013

So fax me maybe? Here are the top recruits Auburn continues to pursue on the eve of National Signing Day

AUBURN, Ala. – On the eve of national signing day, the Tigers have 17 players – three junior college, 14 high school – who have announced their intent to sign to play with Auburn on or after tomorrow, the first day of official signing period.

As always for Auburn fans, the hope is all 17 follow through on their pledges. But you never know – players like defensive ends Tashawn Bower and even (gulp!) Carl Lawson are no sure things until pen hits paper.

Then there are commits to other programs who Auburn could potentially flip – the highest-profile being linebacker Reuben Foster, who announced on television Monday night he anticipates signing with rival Alabama.

There’s still some untapped talent out there on college football’s version of free agency. Who are some of the top names available, and what are Auburn’s chances of landing a last-minute Christmas gift? Bryan Matthews, recruiting expert for 247Sports.com and AuburnUndercover.com, joins us to weigh in on what Gus Malzahn and his staff should expect Wednesday.

Montravius Adams

(Stars order: Scout/Rivals/247/ESPN) 

DT Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga.), 5/5/5/4

Dooly County HS | 6-4, 310

Top finalists: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia

247Sports forecast: “Auburn’s probably the team to beat for Montravius, but he’s got three other very good schools recruiting him. He’ll think it over the next 24 hours.”

CB Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.), 4/4/4/5

Immokalee HS | 5-10, 180

Top finalists: Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, maybe Rutgers & Texas A&M

247Sports forecast: “I think Auburn’s in fairly good shape with Mackensie, but they’ve got a battle on their hands with Mississippi State and Clemson. He’s very unpredictable, and there’s no telling what he will do.”

DE Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind.), 4/4/4/4

Avon HS | 6-4, 250

Committed to Ole Miss, officially visited Auburn this past weekend

247Sports forecast: “Elijah Daniel is struggling right now between Auburn and Ole Miss. I’d probably give Auburn a little edge, but that one’s very close.”

RB Corn Elder (Nashville, Tenn.), 4/4/4/4

The Ensworth School | 5-10, 165

Top finalists: Auburn, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UCLA

247Sports forecast: “Corn Elder is most likely going to Georgia Tech.”

RB Johnathan Ford (New Hope, Ala.), 4/4/4/3

New Hope HS | 5-11, 190

Top finalists: Auburn, Tennessee

247Sports forecast: “I think Auburn’s in great shape, for the running back. He’s going to choose Auburn on signing day.”

DT Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga.), 4/4/4/4

Hutchinson CC (Kan.) | 6-4, 310

Top finalists: Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma

247Sports forecast: “Toby is going to officially visit Mississippi State after signing day, and have a decision after that. I think Auburn’s in pretty good shape.”

BEST OF THE REST

Six more prospects giving a long look to Auburn, mostly in the three-star range:

  • S Mackenro Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.)
  • OL Wilson Bell (Prichard, Ala.)
  • S Chequan Burkett (Montgomery, Ala.)
  • WR Christian Cumberlander (Matthews, N.C.)
  • OG Deon Mix (Batesville, Miss.)
  • OT DeVondre Seymour (Suwanee, Ga.)

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