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.