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Recruiting News…

By on December 14th, 2013 in Member Post 7 Comments »
Opelika CB Stephen Roberts said he followed his heart in recent commitment to Auburn

Opelika Cornerback Stephen Roberts said he followed his heart in recent commitment to Auburn. (photo Julie Bennett, al.com)

While we are all focused on Auburn’s meteoric rise to the National Championship… something else is happening that you might not know.

Auburn has quietly slipped into one of the top ten recruiting classes in the country.

Before we start beating our chest it should be pointed out, as a disclaimer, that AU has had good classes in the past only to have folks (namely bama) pick us at the last minute as we watched our staff scramble to stop the bleeding. I can name Yeldon and Kouandjio off the top of my head and still feel that twitch… as my lip starts to quiver at the thought of a kid committed to Auburn change their mind and go the other way.

Right now Auburn has done the unthinkable – we have turned two bama commits. The latest is Kalvaraz Bessent, rivals 250 corner back, who had previously committed to bama. Bessent joins the other four star rivals 250 cornerback, Stephen Roberts that recently flipped.  Both are expected to start next season as true freshman.

These defections helped fuel the rumor’s that Saban was leaning to go to Texas. This has been dispelled tonight by Saban and bama’s announcement that he is staying as reported by ESPN. With a deal of $7 to $7.5M a year… if he loses a few more times to Auburn… and we get to play for the championship, this problem will take care of itself.  Soon the SEC might all be rid of the Sabanite. Dooley from Tennessee. Muschamp at Florida. And Saban himself at bama. I think the proper term is for this effect is known as a TRIFECTA.

Right now Auburn’s class is ranked #8 on rivals with 19 recruits committed. It’s ranked #11 in Scouts.  Auburn has secured the #10 spot in ESPN. As long as AU holds what it has and adds more… it will continue to grow.

My personal prediction is that Auburn will finish with a top 5 class. It’s possible, based upon the success of the National Championship, that AU gets the top class and replaces bama there too.

The good news just gets better and better.

WDE

7 Comments

  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    The rumor mill says that Auburn has a couple of surprise silent commits. It’s highly likely that we close with 4-6 more 4 star recruits. It is possible that current Auburn commit D’haquille Williams switches to Corn Dog U. They were his original choice before he had to go JUCO. I hope he sticks with us but even if he doesn’t I think our worst case scenario is still a top 10 class.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      I have heard the same thing. The good news for AU is we have time to replace him if he does that.

      WDE

  2. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    I’m glad Saban is staying. I like playing/beating bama when they are at their best. When we are relevant, the Iron Bowls are epic.

    If I was visiting recruits, I would only talk positive about Auburn and not put down any other programs but before I left, I would ask the recruit if they’ve ever received death threats for mistakes on the field…

  3. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    The only real drawback to this class is the numbers. We simply don’t have room for 25 commits. Unless a few of our underclassmen try their hand at the NFL. It will only take three of them to make that room.

    You are correct in your assessment, it is a stellar class no doubt.

  4. AUJTJarhead AUJTJarhead says:

    It’s funny. I want Saban to stay so we can beat the dark sith lord, but would love to see the Bammers squirm if he left.

  5. auh20 auh20 says:

    If the fat raise and extended contract keep saban in T-Town (Men’s Wear) Al., we will cause a lot of whining and gnashing of teeth by running another streak. I will give him credit for staying to face the NCAA bulldozer. But the fat lady hasn’t sung, closing the fall of coaching dominos yet. Staying and honoring a contract doesn’t fit the saban pattern. We’ll just have to wait and see but it’s a win-win situation for Auburn, either way.