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Auburn signs 15 on the first day of early signing period

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Auburn – Auburn football is adding 15 of the nation’s top high school and junior college football players for the 2018 season, head coach Gus Malzahn announced this afternoon.

Joey Gatewood QB 6-5 230 Jacksonville, FL/Bartram Trail

Michael Harris LB 6-2 215 Tucker, GA/Tucker

Jalil Irvin OL 6-3 300 Stone Mountain, GA/Stephenson

Shedrick Jackson WR 6-1 185 Birmingham, AL/Hoover

Josh Marsh LB 6-2 215 Decatur, AL/Decatur

Asa Martin RB 6-0 205 Decatur, AL/Austin

Zakoby McClain LB 6-0 205 Valdosta, GA/Valdosta

Smoke Monday DB 6-3 190 Atlanta, GA/Carver

Daquan Newkirk DL 6-3 280 Orlando, FL/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC/First Academy

Kayode Oladele DE 6-5 250 Miami, FL/Champagnat Catholic

Jamien Sherwood DB 6-2 200 Jensen Beach, FL/Jensen Beach

Shaun Shivers Ath 5-7 175 Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Chaminade-Madonna Prep

Kameron Stutts OL 6-4 330 Killen, AL/Brooks

Christian Tutt DB 5-11 195 Thomson, GA/Thomson

Seth Williams WR 6-3 215 Cottondale, AL/Bryant

Joey Gatewood (QB, 6-5, 230; Bartram Trail HS; Jacksonville, Fla.): Talented quarterback who will enroll in January … led the Bartram Trail Bears to the Florida state Class 7A finals … passed for 1,468 yards and 12 TD and rushed for 1,100 yards with 16 scores as a senior … high school coach was Darrell Sutherland … Elite 11 finalist … Under Armour All-American Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … also a sprinter in track and field

Michael Harris (LB, 6-2, 215; Tucker HS; Tucker, Ga.): Explosive linebacker prospect who led the Tucker Tigers to the Class 6A state semifinals … high school coach was Bryan Lamar … first team all-state as a junior and Clayton News-Daily defensive player of year … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … 15th-ranked OLB nationally according to ESPN

Jalil Irvin (OL, 6-3, 300; Stephenson HS; Stone Mountain, Ga.): Outstanding offensive line prospect … played for Coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High … helped the Panthers to an 8-4 record and the Georgia Class 6A state playoffs … Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … Rivals and 247Sports four star … No. 5-rated center nationally according to ESPN

Shedrick Jackson (WR, 6-1, 185; Hoover HS; Birmingham, Ala.): Wide receiver who will enroll in January … helped Hoover Buccaneers win Alabama state Class 7A championship … high school coach was Josh Niblett … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … nephew of Auburn great Bo Jackson

Josh Marsh (LB, 6-2, 215; Decatur HS; Decatur, Ala.): Speedy linebacker with great production … high school coach was Jere Adcock … led the state of Alabama as a junior with 206 tackles … nominated for Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … also a track and field letterman … active in mission work

Asa Martin (RB, 6-0, 205; Austin HS; Decatur, Ala.): Productive running back who will enroll in January … rushed for 2,228 yards and 33 TD as a senior … Alabama state Gatorade Player of the Year for Coach Jeremy Perkins at Austin High … led the Black Bears to the Class 6A quarterfinals … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … No. 9-rated RB nationally by 247Sports … also a track and field letterman

Zakoby McClain (LB, 6-0, 205; Valdosta HS; Valdosta, Ga.): Physical linebacker prospect … high school coach at Valdosta High was Alan Rodemaker … 123 tackles, 20 TFL as a junior, leading the Wildcats to a state title … nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … ranked No. 12 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN

Smoke Monday (DB, 6-3, 190; Carver HS; Atlanta, Ga.): Physical safety who plans to enroll in January … led the Carver High Panthers to the Georgia state Class 5A semifinals … high school coach was Darren Myles … Under Armour All-American Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … No. 8-ranked safety according to ESPN and No. 9 athlete nationally by 247Sports … also a track and field letterman … given name is Quindarious

Daquan Newkirk (DL, 6-3, 280; Mississippi Gulf Coast CC; The First Academy, Orlando, Fla.): Nation’s top-ranked junior college defensive end prospect who will be a January enrollee … recorded 48 tackles, 9 TFL at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last fall … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … nationally ranked as a Top 10 overall JUCO prospect by ESPN and 247Sports … played at The First Academy in Orlando for Coach Leroy Kinard … Class 3A all-state … Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-district at running back and defensive line … Blue-Grey All-America Game

Kayode Oladele (DE, 6-5, 250; Champagnat Catholic School; Miami, Fla.): Relative newcomer to American football … attended Champagnat Catholic School in Miami … coach was Dennis Marroquin … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … ESPN’s No. 19-defensive end prospect nationally … native of Nigeria

Jamien Sherwood (DB, 6-2, 200; Jensen Beach HS; Jensen Beach, Fla.): Terrific safety prospect who plans to enroll in January … high school coach was Tim Caffey … Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl … all-state and all-area … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … also a track and field letterman in the sprints

Shaun Shivers (Ath, 5-7, 175; Chaminade-Madonna Prep; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Electric all-purpose back from Chaminade-Madonna Prep … led the Lions to the Florida Class 3A state championships … high school coach was Dameon Jones … rushed for more than 6,000 yards in his prep career … all-Broward defensive player of year … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … state runner-up in the 100 meter dash

Kameron Stutts (OL, 6-4, 330; Brooks HS; Killen, Ala.): Agile offensive line prospect … helped the Brooks Lions to the Alabama state Class 5A playoffs … high school coach was Brad Black … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star

Christian Tutt (DB, 5-11, 195; Thomson HS; Thomson, Ga.): Outstanding cornerback prospect for Coach Rob Ridings at Thomson High … led the Thomson Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and the semifinals of the Georgia 4A state playoffs … compiled 51 tackles and had 522 yards of total offense with 11 touchdowns as a senior … U.S. Army All-American Bowl … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … nephew of former NFL linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler

Seth Williams (WR, 6-3, 215; Bryant HS; Cottondale, Ala.): Versatile contributor at receiver and safety who helped Bryant High to an Alabama Class 6A state playoff berth … high school coach was Eldrick Hill … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … fifth-rated player in Alabama according to 247Sports … ranked as the No. 10 athlete nationally by ESPN …also an all-state honoree in basketball and a state medalist in the long jump and high jump

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