Well, that didn’t take long, did it?
Exactly one day after 2019 National Signing Day, a four-star recruit in the Class of 2020 made his decision official. Avery Jernigan, a four-star offensive tackle from Pierce County High School (Blackshear, Ga.) announced his commitment to Auburn. The 6-foot-3, 278-pound lineman picked the Tigers ahead of scholarship offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisville and others.
His pledge to the Tigers was a bit surprising because all of his recent unofficial visits have been to the University of South Carolina. Still, Jernigan attended multiple Auburn games at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the fall and first visited Auburn in June, when he was extended a scholarship offer.
Jernigan, who is listed as an offensive tackle but could shift to guard in college, is a very positive first blow on the recruiting lines for Auburn’s Class of 2020. The Tigers signed just three offensive linemen in 2019, so Jernigan’s addition is a very welcome one for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.
“You will see us probably sign the largest offensive line class we’ve done since I’ve been here with [the 2020] class, and I think we’re already in a pretty good spot with 2020 going into this class,” Malzahn said.
With Jernigan in the fold that prediction is off to a good start.