On Tuesday, 247Sports released its first full group of 5-star rankings, which included 21 of the nation’s elite prospects.
Numerous Auburn targets are included in the list, starting with Keith Marshall from Millbrook in Raleigh, N.C., the nation’s No. 7 overall prospect and No. 1 running back.
Marshall, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
“I don’t get to see many of the kids around the country, but I know Keith is pretty special,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. “He’s fast. He’s strong. He’s a great student. He’s a student of the game. Works his tail off. Great leader.
“He’s one of those rare talents. He can run for power and he can run around people and through people and has good hands coming out of the backfield.”
Marshall, who has more than 30 offers, visited Auburn at the end of March for a Junior Day.
“I think Auburn has a really good chance,” Inscore said. “When you win a national championship, that gives anybody a good chance. He likes Auburn. He likes a lot of things Auburn has to offer. He knows what kind of football is played in the SEC. He’s trying to narrow down that list.”
Three more of the newly minted 5-stars have visited Auburn in the past year, including No. 13 offensive tackle D.J. Humphries from Mallard Creek in Charlotte, N.C.; No. 16 quarterback Jameis Winston from Hueytown High and No. 18 quarterback Zeke Pike from Dixie Heights in Ft. Mitchell, Ky.
Both Humphries and Winston visited Auburn last weekend. Humphries has the Tigers in his top five. Auburn is in a close battle with Alabama and Florida State for Winston.
Pike attended an Auburn camp last summer and returned for a game this fall. He’s scheduled to be back in Auburn April 16 for the spring game.
The nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, offensive lineman Arik Armstead from Pleasant Grove in Elk Grove, Calif., is committed to USC but plans to officially visit Auburn, Alabama and USC this fall.
Auburn has also offered No. 2 wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Springfield (Mo.) High; No. 3 defensive tackle Eddie Goldman from Friendship Collegiate in Washington, D.C.; No. 4 offensive tackle Andrus Peat from Corona Del Sol in Tempe, Ariz.; No. 9 offensive lineman Kyle Murphy from San Clemente (Calif.) High and No. 15 running back Johnathan Gray from Aledo (Texas) High.
247Sports will release more of its rankings on Wednesday.
Click HERE to see a full list of the 5-star prospects.