Auburn Should Have Strong Finish on National Signing Day

By Posted on: February 5th, 2013 in Football, News 23 Comments »
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With less than 24 hours before thousands of high school football players fax in their National letters of Intent to the colleges of their choice, the 2013 Auburn recruiting class is looking pretty good.

Despite last night’s theatrics on Fox Sports South, The Auburn Tigers are in a position to finish very strong in the recruiting wars; maybe closing out in the top 10 and certainly in the top 15.

Either way, the final position for the Tigers will be a far cry from the place many predicted after the coaching changes were announced back in December. Gus Malzahn and his staff have done a phenomenal job in shoring up commitments and bringing in new additions.

And now with the center piece of this class, Carl Lawson firming up his committment over the weekend the Tigers appear to be in a position to finish strong.

With all the attention that a lot of these young men seek, you got to like the way that Lawson handled himself. When he made his decision Sunday, there was no big announcement in front of TV cameras no fanfare. After his final visit at Auburn he just simply tweeted, “This will successfully end my recruitment I am an Auburn Tiger. No questions will be answered no calls will be accepted.”

After Lawson’s commit the Tigers gained momentum as Lawson’s teammate from Milton in Alpharetta, Ga. running back Peyton Barber flipped from Ole Miss to the Tigers. This move was a big addition to a class in need of running backs.

Its always hard to get a handle on just how good a class a school may bring in. That’s why fans scour paid recruiting sites to try to get an early picture of how good ole state U will fair. However, a less scientific measure but probably a better barometer of the final outcome is how the players feel about it.

After Lawson announced his decision Sunday, the five star defensive end said, “AU is going to finish this class 10 times better than anyone will imagine. That’s a promise.”

So recruiting stars and analyst forecast aside , I’m going with Carl’s promise. Auburn will finish much stronger than anyone imagined back in December.

Stay with Track ‘Em Tigers in the morning when KoolBell will be bringing you fast and up to date information as those National Letters of Intent start rolling off the fax machine in the Auburn athletic offices.

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  1. TexasAUTiger says:

    I cannot wait to see Lawson play. Kid is a stud and a real class act. I was actually rooting for Foster to stay away, seems like a real cancer but I’m sure Saban will get him to fall in line or else he is gone.

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Lawson is the man! He did this the way I would hope my son would. As for Foster, he has to mature to make it big. He would be a project with tremendous upside. Reminds me of Eltoro Freeman, lots of fire on the field, along with a lot of emotion. Not always what you want from your “Mike” Linebacker.

  3. autgr4life says:

    I guess I am a little undecided on Foster, not nearly as much as he seemed to be last night, but still I think the jury is still out on him. While he does have an immense on field talent he is still raw from a maturity stand point. With the right guidance and leadership he should develop into a very good football player however he does have the potential to go the other way as well. While he does have the talent to come in and play at Auburn right away and would do well I am not sure if our new coaching staff needs to take on a project off the field like he will be, considering that they have plenty of projects they are inheriting already. The psyche of the current remaining roster is fragile enough after what they have been through so it very well could be too much of a burden on the team as a whole to take on a kid like Foster right now.

    As far as Lawson goes I think he is equally talented on the field as Foster is and much more mature and a natural leader off the field. There is no downside to bringing him in. He will be an immediate impact not just from his athletic ability but from his leadership on and off the field.

    I feel that we have others in the same mold as Lawson in this recruiting class that could turn out to be from a leadership stand point one of the best we have seen in a long time. With Johnson leading the offense and Lawson leading the defense we should be able to get this team back on top.

  4. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I read where Carl Lawson was influence by his dad. Too bad more parents don’t have similar influences on their kids.
    I believe Lawson going to be a leader and as well as a beast on the field. He’s definately the the kind of recruit we need more of.

  5. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Every year I swear I’m not going to get caught up in this and every year I keep coming back day after day to see how things are developing. I know better….I know that just a handful of these guys will make an impact….I know that two or three won’t make grades…I know two or three will end up getting dismissed for doing something stupid and the rest will simply fill a role on the team. If we are super lucky, one, maybe two, will develop from a rating star to an actual star on the field.

    Watching the inanity of these “kids” announcing their “commitment” (boy, has a word ever been used more ironically in any medium, than “commitment” has in college football?) on Fox’s B-grade announcer bootcamp, called the “NEW College Football Show “(New??) I am struck by the cynical nature of it all. These “kids” announce on NATIONWIDE TV where they are going to go to school, as if more than 2% of the country cares, then they lament about how hard the decision was, the pressure they felt, how great some folks were, how mean others were and how glad they are that its over. Woe is them. Meanwhile they had to travel to the studio to do the show, bring their friends or family with them, get them on TV while they mug for the camera and I’m supposed to feel sorry for this “kid”? I mean, who’s using who?

    I’m sorry, but these “kids” aren’t kids at all, they are immature and ignorant adults. If they don’t understand what they are getting into, its becasue they WILLFULLY delude themselves or CHOOSE not to educate themselves about the recruiting process. A lot can be blamed on the parents, but if you can work hard enough to excell to the level of being an elite level recruit, you can certainly learn enough about recruiting to not get taken advantage of. I used to kind of feel sorry for these players but this has been going on long enough and teenagers are certainly tech savvy enough to know whats going on. I no longer give them a pass on being an “18 yr old kid”, because I have seen too many 13 year old girls display way more maturity than most of these hulking behemoths. I have also seen too many others display grace, humility and composure in this situation. The bottom line is that these young men DON’T have to dance for the carnival barker and many don’t, so I don’t feel sorry for the ones who do and want to expose themselves to the adulation AND THE SCORN of the general public. As the saying goes, “you get what you asked for” and if these “kids” want to be media spectacles so be it, but as the bright lights shine, so shall they burn. I hope they remember that.

  6. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Since we are thin at LB I wonder if Lawson has the speed to go there instead of DE

  7. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    VERY HAPPY we picked up Lawson!

    Looking forward to KoolBell’s coverage..l’ll be in and out…you know, work, real life #whatevs

  8. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Kool, got any comment on my question above? Whatcha think?

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      I don’t see him as a linebacker at all. He has a great first step, but top end speed will be the limiting factor that keeps him from being a LB. With that said, Johnson runs a 2 linebacker set on defense 97% of the time, with a 5th defensive back that can play run support, and pass protection as well.

      I am thinking there are maybe three guys on the team that can play that role, with my guess being Jermaine Whitehead that steps up and plays the “Talon” position. I am hoping Johnson will call it the “Talon” at USCe he named it the “Spur”.

  9. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    I’m kind of rooting for the coaches to move Ladarious Owens to MLB. Never understood why the previous coaches never utilized him there, especially in running downs. As for Foster, he’s a high risk, with the potential for big reward, personally I see him as another Brent Calloway riding the bench early and often.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      I have been saying the same thing. Last year I was saying we needed to get both Craig Sanders AND LaOwens involved in the LB rotation, especially on running downs. We needed the physicality at that position that both Sanders and Owens brought as well as above average speed for DE’s. Sanders especially PLAYS very fast and I think would be an excellent “Rover” that could play LB or DE, somewhat akin to what Kroy Bierman does in the Atlanta Falcons “option” defense.
      I like Johnsons defensive scheme but I think the evolution of defense may be more akin to a 5-2-4, where instead of an extra DB playing a “Talon” position , you will have an extra DE or “CLAW” that could attack off the edge, blitz from a designated weak point, or drop back into coverage. When you are getting 250 lb DE’s that can run a 4.7, 40 or better, its a waste to have them sitting on the bench when you could be using them to create havoc at or behind the line, instead of 5-10 yards downfield.

  10. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Funny thing on Rivals. If you click on Reuben Fosters name you will see a comparison to a former player on the right side of the screen. That player: Rolando McClain, who keeps getting arrested in Decatur, Al. Like Yogi said, dega vu all over again.

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I won’t know till this things’s done tomorrow. I’m doing “classes” this week, for work. 8-5 in a chair, tanking up on coffee. I’ll see what I can put together on the situation tomorrow night. It will also be my first attempt at putting a post together on a tablet. Should be interesting. Thursday’s post may look like a kindergarten kid typed it…

  12. theboogins says:

    One of my kids has a class with Carl Lawson at Milton and he says he’s a good person as well as a football player. Kinda guy that makes for a great Auburn man.

  13. Malakai Malakai says:

    Anyone care to guess at Dee Liner’s destination?

    • Malakai Malakai says:

      Oh wait, that’s the kid that said he didn’t get along well with the AU staff right?

      • KoolBell KoolBell says:

        He tweeted last night, and I quote – “hey AU fam, whassup? WAR EAGLE!”
        I thought I was seeing things, but he another confused kid that needs some growing up.

  14. Malakai Malakai says:

    I watched the ESPN pre-NSD special and Dee Liner was still listed as uncommitted AU/UA. He’s supposed to announce at 11AM cst, But wasn’t he also the guy with the dodgy background?

    The tweet might be a taunt. R. Foster has made me so jaded. I don’t ever remember watching an NSD this closely. Maybe it’s because we never really got a 2012 season.

    • Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

      I agree about Foster. He became a “man” early in life after having his little girl. He reminds me of Tray Blackmon. I hear that he is playing in Canada.