Auburn brought some key players into the fold today on early Signing Day, inking 21 prospects and much-need additions along the offensive line, which will see all six seniors leave after the Outback Bowl.
Auburn landed one of its biggest uncommitted targets Wednesday when four-star tight end Jeremiah Pegues chose the Tigers over Alabama and Ole Miss. At 6-2, 298 pounds, Pegues will give the Auburn offense not only a capable blocker but a talented option in the passing game. He could also factor into Wildcat packages as well, said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.
One of the most talented running backs in the nation, five-star Tank Bigsby made his commitment official. Bigsby, rated the No. 4 running back and No. 27 player overall, has the talent to make an early move up the depth chart.
Another big addition for the Tigers is four-star wide receiver Kobe Hudson out of Troup County High in Georgia. Hudson, rated the No. 18 receiver and No. 93 player overall by 247Sports, played quarterback in high school, where he threw for 1,629 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for 976 yards as a senior. He will take part in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in Texas.
The Tigers also signed three-star wideout Elijah Cannon out of Hollywood, Florida. Cannon committed to Auburn last week over offers from Florida, USC and Arkansas, among others.
Other big additions for the offense include four-star wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers, the No. 129-ranked player overall in the class of 2020; four-star receiver JJ Evans, the No. 149 player overall; three-star wideout Elijah Canion; and three-star dual-threat quarterback Chayil Garnett.
Bringing more offensive linemen to The Plains was one of the biggest goals of the coaching staff. The Tigers received signatures from four-star center Avery Jernigan, three-star guard Tate Johnson, three-star junior college tackle Kilian Zierer and three-star guard Jeremiah Wright, and three-star junior college tackle Brenden Coffey. Both Coffey and Zierer have a chance to help the Tigers immediately next year along the line, said Malzahn.
Auburn also picked up some help on the defensive side of the ball, as four-star linebacker Wesley Steiner out of Georgia signed with the Tigers. Steiner, ranked as the No. 5 inside linebacker and No. 95 player overall, chose Auburn over LSU and Stanford.
Four-star linebacker Cameron Riley, out of Hillcrest High in Evergreen, also signed with the Tigers. Riley, ranked the No. 23 outside linebacker, chose Auburn over offers from Texas A&M and others.
Four-star linebacker Desmond Tisdol, ranked the No. 11 inside linebacker and No. 229 player overall, chose the Tigers in an announcement on Wednesday over an offer list that included Tennessee and Florida. Tisdol will join Hudson at the All-American Bowl in January.
Auburn also pulled in some much-needed help along the defensive line with the addition of four-star defensive end Daniel Foster-Allen, who is rated the No. 24 strongside defensive end prospect in the class of 2020, and four-star lineman Zykeivous Walker, an early enrollee who is rated the No. 7 strongside end and No. 125 player overall.
The Tigers also pulled of a minor coupe by flipping Miami commit Romello Height, a 6-4, 217-pound four-star who is expected to play the Buck position.
On the back end, the Tigers landed cornerback Marco Domio, a four-star prospect from Blinn College in Texas. Domio, an early enrollee, has the talent and potential to make an immediate impact for the Tigers.
Four-star safety Chris Thompson Jr. also sent his letter of intent in Wednesday. Thompson, an early enrollee, is ranked the No. 27 safety and No. 262 player overall.
Four-star safety Ladarius Tennison of Rockledge High in Florida also made it official. Tennison, an early enrollee, is rated the No. 4 athlete and No. 186 player overall.
The Tigers class of 2020 ranks seventh nationally and fifth in the SEC so far.
Two commitments — four-star defensive tackle Jay Hardy and three-star offensive tackle Jonathan Buskey — did not send in their letters of intent today.
RB Tank Bigsby, 6-0, 209
WR Elijah Canion, 6-4, 201
WR Ze’Vian Capers, 6-4, 192
OT Brenden Coffey, 6-6, 264
CB Marco Domio, 6-1, 172
WR JJ Evans, 6-2, 192
DE Daniel Foster-Allen, 6-4, 264
QB Chayil Garnett, 6-1, 211
Buck Romello Height, 6-4, 217
WR Kobe Hudson, 6-0, 185
C Avery Jernigan, 6-3, 306
OG Tate Johnson, 6-3, 325
TE JJ Pegues, 6-2, 298
LB Cam Riley, 6-4, 207
LB Wesley Steiner, 6-0, 226
S Ladarius Tennison, 5-10, 195
S Chris Thompson Jr., 6-1, 201
LB Desmond Tisdol, 6-0, 210
DE Zykeivous Walker, 6-4, 267
OL Jeremiah Wright, 6-5, 340
OT Kilian Zierer, 6-7, 284