Ole Miss won the war in landing the nation’s top-rated recruit, but have officially lost one of the many under-the-radar battles that will take place throughout the country today.
Less than an hour after National Signing Day had officially kicked off, the first faxed Letter of Intent received by Auburn somewhat surprisingly came in from Avon (Ind.) High School defensive end Elijah Daniel. Daniel had been a verbal commitment — this is where we again remind you that verbal commitments are non-binding — to Ole Miss since last November.
However, an official visit to Auburn this past weekend appears to have swayed Daniel from Oxford to first-year AU head coach Gus Malzahn.
Daniel was rated as the No. 8 defensive end in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana. AU had previously landed a verbal commitment from Carl Lawson, the No. 2 end in the nation and the No. 4 player at any position. Lawson has also officially sent in a signed letter of intent.
Those developments could cost AU a touted player at the position, however, as four-star Auburn commit Tashawn Bower has reportedly flipped to Florida.