Last week was the opening week of high school football in Alabama and that meant the first Recruiting Road Trip of the 2022 season. With plans to hit more than 20 high school games this season, Auburn247 will try to bring you an in-person look at some of the top prospects in the state and also some of the top prospects on Auburn’s board for 2023 and beyond.
The road trip started on Thursday night to check out junior wide receiver Jabari Murphy at Elmore County. At 6-2 and around 200 pounds, Murphy is a physical receiver that is deadly with the ball in his hands. Facing Marbury in the season opener, Murphy had a pair of touchdowns with one of them covering 73 yards as the Panthers won the opener after going 0-10 a season ago. Already with five offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Ole Miss and Penn State, Murphy has a chance to be big-time in the 2024 class.
One night later it was a doubleheader with the first stop at Montgomery Catholic to see the Knights take on McGill-Toolen. With back-to-back 2,000 yard seasons the last two years, Auburn commitment Jeremiah Cobb got his year off to a strong start with 217 yards on 17 carries and another 60+ yards receiving. He’s always been a dynamic back, but now at close to 200 pounds he’s able to finish runs through contact.
Cobb isn’t the only talented player at Montgomery Catholic with Georgia Tech commitment LJGreen a player to keep a watch on. A speedy defensive back that can make plays with the ball in his hands, Green is a 6-0, 175 corner and a 3-star prospect. It won’t be surprising to see him get a whole lot more attention between now and the early signing period in December.
From there it was over to Cramton Bowl to see Auburn take on the Hoover Bucs. It was an opportunity to see 2023 commitment Bradyn Joiner in action for the Tigers. Playing left tackle and also seeing some time at defensive tackle, Joiner did a good job at the point of attack against the Bucs and that will be his role when he gets to the next level as an interior offensive lineman.
For Hoover, a guy that flashed was 2024 linebacker Bradley Shaw. Listed at 6-1, 216, but looking bigger than that, Shaw already has close to a dozen offers with Auburn one of the teams that has gone in on him early. Shaw has a chance to be one of the top players in Alabama in next year’s class.
Two years away from that honor is 2025 wide receiver Ryan Williams from Saraland. He put on a show on Friday night in a win over Daphne and already has double-digit offers to his credit as a sophomore. The son of former Auburn defensive back Ryan Williams out of BC Rain High in Mobile, the 6-1 Williams has a chance to be a Top 100 prospect by the time he’s done.
This week will be about getting eyes on 5-star prospects James Smith and Qua Russaw at Carver-Montgomery. With Auburn in the top six for both players, this will be a good opportunity to see them in action as they get their senior seasons underway against Daphne at Cramton Bowl.