Changing the focus ever so slightly, isn’t it amazing the two schools and the talent each had on the field this past weekend in Jordan Hare. If I were a Georgia fan, I would be asking how come we are 6-4. That team was incredible. They have amazing talent.
With that said, in the coming weeks I think Auburn will start to reap the benefit of key wins in the Southeastern Conference. Coach Malzahn and his staff hopefully will do better with the new found fame than Coach Chizik did with his a few years ago… when Auburn beat Oregon in the 2010 National Championship.
While I am speaking specifically about recruiting I think it’s important to point out that programs live and die with recruiting. Whether you have been watching the football season progress or not Auburn has methodically put together a roster of potential recruits with sixteen current pledges. And AU is quietly sitting at seventeenth in Rival’s recruiting poll, while Scout’s has Auburn at nineteenth place. ESPN has Auburn rolling in at fourteenth place. While that might shock some, it’s important to reiterate that AU still has about 10 slots on this roster. It may have few more slots available considering the strategy that was used by Chizik for the past years.
Trust me when I tell you an exciting game like the one Saturday afternoon only helps you make the point in selling Auburn as a place you want to start your football career. The atmosphere at the game was Auburn at its best. The fans were electric! Exactly what they needed to be on so many levels. These young kids see a campus like Auburn’s and think… “Gee, I sure could see myself going to school here”. When you think about the traditions, the uniforms, Pat Dye field, and throw in the deep South’s oldest rivalry… well, there you have it. It should be a cinch that AU cashes in big!
I am hearing some good things in recruiting this year. And we got room to grow!
Still, it makes one question the way schools go about recruiting. Last spring I informed you that Auburn had brought in its recruiting staff… an organization that is very similar I am sure to the task and purpose of bama’s recruiting staff. We don’t need to explain why that’s important.
If you looked today around the SEC on the Rival’s board both Alabama and Tennessee both have their recruiting classes in and sit at #1 and #2 respectively. But Georgia has only seventeen recruits listed and they sit at #3. A&M sits at #6 with only half a class. Kentucky sits at #8. Ole Miss sits at #13 with nearly a full class and Florida sits at #14 with a partial along with LSU at #15 with the same situation.
If you looked today using the Scouts board, you would find some similarities there too. Namely Alabama and Tennessee sitting at #1 and #2. A&M at #5. Georgia at #7. Kentucky at #11. Florida at #15. LSU at #18. Auburn and Ole Miss sitting at #19 and #20 respectively.
And last, if you looked today using the ESPN board, you would also find some similarities. Once again, Alabama and Tennessee are sitting at #1 and #2. UGA is at #5 and A&M at #6. Florida is at #10 and LSU is at #11. Auburn is at #14 and Ole Miss is at #15.
I guess the question will be do you think the #1 and #2 spot will remain unchanged or do you think the changes will unseat them at the end of the season? Here is to hoping miracles happen in recruiting… we can always use the help!
Imagine what fighting bama to a stand still…. like in 2009 will do to recruiting? Or hell, even beating them?
Hang on Big Al, we’re coming!!! We’re coming!!!!