With the early signing period on the horizon, Auburn has landed two big-time transfers over the past few days. On Sunday, Hugh Freeze and his staff earned the commitment of tight end Rivaldo Fairweather, and today, edge defender Elijah McAlister announced he is coming to Auburn.
Fairweather is the No. 17 prospect in the transfer portal player rankings at 247Sports, and he is the No. 3 tight end in those rankings.
Fairweather has spent the last three seasons at FIU, tallying 54 catches for 838 yards and five touchdowns during his time as a Panther.
His commitment comes shortly after a campus visit, and Auburn was the first school to send him an offer when he entered the portal on December 5.
"Auburn is my new home," Fairweather said in an interview with 247Sports. "It's just the culture here, the facility, the coaches. I just really love it here, and my family loves it here."
Fairweather will join an already crowded tight end room with Landen King, a former tight end who switched to receiver last season, possibly being in the mix along with Luke Deal, Tyler Fromm and Brandon Frazier all returning to the Plains. Redshirt freshman Michah Riley-Ducker will also be with the Tigers in 2023.
With the departures of Derick Hall and Colby Wooden along the defensive front, Auburn got a much-needed boost at a position of need with the commitment of Elijah McAlister. A sixth-year senior from Vanderbilt, McAlister announced his decision to join the Tigers.
“It’s time to get back to playing that brand of Auburn Football we all know and love,” McAlister said in a post on Twitter. “Committed.”
In four years at Vanderbilt, McAlister racked up 65 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.
With Auburn only returning redshirt freshman Dylan Brooks at the edge position, McAlister seems poised to make an immediate impact in Ron Roberts’ defense.
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