Nov 16, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn leads his team through Tiger walk before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn signing day predictions for the class of 2014


The Auburn Tigers own the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class in the nation and the No. 5 class in the Southeastern Conference according to 247Sports on the eve of national signing day and have 21 commits on the board with a few big targets potentially picking Auburn on Wednesday.

The biggest target is five-star outside linebacker recruit Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Al. Auburn) who is down to the Tigers, Alabama and UCLA. He had an in-home visit from both Auburn and Alabama and it looks like Auburn holds a slight edge for the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker where he would be the building block for a young and promising unit.

The next biggest target is four-star offensive guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan. Olathe South) who has seen Auburn turn up the heat for him in January. I originally had Smith headed to TCU, but Auburn feels confident in securing his commitment, so I think he commits to Auburn on Wednesday.

Andrew Williams (Mcdonough, Ga.Eagle’s Landing Christian) is my next recruit most likely to commit to Auburn. The four-stat defensive is coming off visits to Clemson and Georgia, but I think Auburn wins in a dogfight with Clemson. The tie-breaker could be his friendship with current Auburn linemen Carl Lawson and Montravious Adams.

Securing the signature of Evans makes it a home run of a day for Auburn who enjoyed a remarkable turnaround under Gus Malzahn as they beat Alabama, won the SEC and appeared in the BCS Championship Game. Adding either Smith or Williams in addition to Evans would be the icing on the cake for Auburn.

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