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Auburn signs 15 football recruits in early signing period

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Auburn – Auburn football is adding 15 of the nation’s top high school football players for the 2019 season, head coach Gus Malzahn announced this afternoon.

Luke Deal TE 6-5 245 Greenwood, SC/Emerald

Tyler Fromm TE 6-5 225 Warner Robins, GA/Warner Robins

Derick Hall Buck 6-4 225 Gulfport, MS/Gulfport

Jaren “Stone” Handy DL 6-5 280 Hattiesburg, MS/Hattiesburg

Ja’Varrius Johnson WR 5-9 170 Trussville, AL/Hewitt-Trussville

Keiondre Jones OL 6-4 325 LaGrange, GA/Callaway

Cam’Ron Kelly DB 6-1 205 Chesapeake, VA/Oscar Smith

Bo Nix QB 6-2 210 Pinson, AL/Pinson Valley

Justin Osborne OL 6-4 305 Flower Mound, TX/Marcus

Owen Pappoe LB 6-1 215 Lawrenceville, GA/Grayson

Nehemiah Pritchett DB 6-0 180 Jackson, AL/Jackson

Zion Puckett DB 6-0 200 Griffin, GA/Spalding

Jaylin Simpson DB 6-0 175 Brunswick, GA/Frederica Academy

D.J. Williams RB 5-11 205 Lake Placid, FL/Sebring

Colby Wooden Buck 6-4 235 Lawrenceville, GA/Archer

Luke Deal (TE, 6-5, 245; Emerald HS; Greenwood, S.C.): Versatile athletic tight end prospect passed for 742 yards and eight TD as a senior, while adding 332 rushing yards and seven scores and nine receptions and one receiving TD for Coach Tim McMahon at Emerald High all-Lakelands team Shrine Bowl ESPN ranks him as a four-star recruit and the No. 10 tight end nationally ranked among top seven prospects in South Carolina by ESPN, 24/7, Rivals also a basketball letterman

Tyler Fromm (TE, 6-5, 225; Warner Robins HS; Warner Robins, Ga.): Coveted tight end prospect two-year starter for Coach Mike Chastain at Warner Robins High, helping the Demons to the Class 5A state championship title game All-American Bowl ESPN ranks him the No. 8 tight end recruit nationally top 40 overall prospect from state of Georgia by Rivals, 24/7 also a basketball letterman

Derick Hall (Buck, 6-4, 225; Gulfport HS; Gulfport, Miss.): Long, athletic pass rusher with a broad wingspan recorded 83 tackles as a senior for Coach John Archie and the Admirals Under Armour All-American Game Sun-Herald all-South Mississippi first team rated among the top 10 prospects in the state of Mississippi consensus four-star recruit also a basketball starter and a state finalist at 200 meters in track

Jaren “Stone” Handy (DL, 6-5, 280; Hattiesburg HS; Hattiesburg, Miss.): Prospect who brings size and strength to the defensive line recorded 14 TFL as a senior for Coach Tony Vance at Hattiesburg High Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game Hattiesburg American all-area consensus four-star prospect at defensive tackle rated No. 5 (Rivals), 6 (24/7), 8 (ESPN) recruit in state of Mississippi PrepStar Dream Team also a basketball letterman

Ja’Varrius Johnson (WR, 5-9, 170; Hewitt-Trussville HS; Trussville, Ala.): Productive prospect at wide receiver totaled 87 receptions for 1,683 yards and 15 TD as a senior for Coach Josh Floyd at Hewitt-Trussville High Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game AL.com A-List Class 5A all-state first team rated a top 15 overall prospect in the state of Alabama by 24/7, Rivals, ESPN ESPN four-star recruit

Keiondre Jones (OL, 6-4, 325; Callaway HS; LaGrange, Ga.): Offensive lineman with outstanding potential four-year starter for Coach Pete Wiggins and the Cavaliers at Callaway High Under Armour All-American Game SportsVision offensive lineman of the year Class 2A AJC and GSWA all-state first team consensus four-star prospect at offensive guard rated the No. 14 (ESPN), 18 (24/7), 21 (Rivals) recruit in the state of Georgia

Cam’Ron Kelly (DB, 6-1, 205; Oscar Smith HS; Chesapeake, Va.): Terrific two-way athlete who projects as a cornerback played in state title game as a sophomore and junior for Coach Scott Johnson at Oscar Smith High World All-Star Bowl Tidewater player of the year consensus four-star prospect at cornerback rated a top 10 overall recruit in state of Virginia by ESPN, Rivals, 24/7 also a baseball letterman and honor student

Bo Nix (QB, 6-2, 210; Pinson Valley HS; Pinson, Ala.): Decorated quarterback who set Alabama state records with more than 12,000 career total offense yards and 161 career TD accounted for (127 pass, 34 rush) led Pinson Valley High to consecutive Class 6A state titles father Patrick Nix was his coach Alabama Gatorade player of the year USA Today All-USA offensive player of year finalist and All-America first team Under Armour All-America Game Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game AL.com A-List Rivals, 24/7 and PrepStar rate him the nation’s top quarterback prospect Rivals, PrepStar five-star recruit listed among top four overall recruits in state of Alabama by Rivals, 24/7, ESPN

Justin Osborne (OL, 6-4, 305; Marcus HS; Flower Mound, Texas): Promising offensive tackle with strong potential outstanding senior season three-year starter for Coach Kevin Atkinson at Marcus High first team 5-6A all-district for the Marauders Texas Top 100 three-star prospect rating by ESPN, 24/7, Rivals, PrepStar

Owen Pappoe (LB, 6-1, 215; Grayson HS; Lawrenceville, Ga.): Nation’s top-rated outside linebacker prospect recorded 121 tackles, 14 TFL as a senior for Coach Christian Hunnicutt at Grayson High Under Armour All-America Game AJC Super 11 Gwinnett Daily Post Super Six Class 7A all-state first team rated as a five-star linebacker prospect by 24/7, PrepStar and ESPN

Nehemiah Pritchett (DB, 6-0, 180; Jackson HS; Jackson, Ala.): Versatile athlete who projects as a cornerback in college key contributor on both sides of the ball for Coach Danny Powell at Jackson High Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game consensus three-star athlete rated the No. 19 (Rivals and 24/7), 25 (ESPN) prospect from the state of Alabama a Class 5A first team all-state outfielder in baseball

Zion Puckett (DB, 6-0, 200; Spalding HS; Griffin, Ga.): Talented prep athlete who projects as a cornerback recorded 93 career tackles for Coach Nick Davis and the Spalding High Jags Class 4A Georgia all-state consensus four-star prospect at cornerback rated as the No. 12 (Rivals), 14 (24/7), 16 (ESPN) overall recruit from the state of Georgia PrepStar Dream Team also a basketball and track and field letterman

Jaylin Simpson (DB, 6-0, 175; Frederica Academy; Brunswick, Ga.): Talented defender who projects as a safety 48 tackles, four interceptions as a senior for Coach Brandon Derrick’s Knights at Frederica Academy, helping them to the state championship GISA all-state and all-region 2-3A consensus four-star recruit PrepStar All-America state high jump champion and a basketball letterman

D.J. Williams (RB, 5-11, 205; Sebring HS; Lake Placid, Fla.): Gifted running back who had an outstanding senior season rushed for 1,221 yards, 21 TD and passed for 1,113 yards, 13 TD as a senior for Coach LaVaar Scott and the Sebring High Blue Streaks two-year all-Highlands ESPN rates him as a four-star prospect at running back ranked as the No. 24 (24/7), 27 (ESPN), 29 (Rivals) overall running back recruit nationally also a baseball letterman

Colby Wooden (Buck, 6-4, 235; Archer HS; Lawrenceville, Ga.): Athletic defender with plenty of potential key contributor for Coach Andy Dyer and the Archer High Tigers, advancing to the state Class 7A semifinals first team all-state, all-county and all-region 24/7 and Rivals rate him as a four-star prospect ranked No. 19 (Rivals), 21 (24/7), 28 (PrepStar) overall nationally at his position and No. 34 (Rivals), 38 (24/7) among recruits from the state of Georgia

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