With the Book Closed on 2013 Recruiting, the HUNH Coach Starts on 2014
The Gus Bus must run on Energizer batteries. The whirlwind job done by Malzahn and crew in signing a top 10 recruiting class for 2013 was akin to the speed at which he runs his offense.
With the Book Closed on 2013 Recruiting – Auburn officially kicked off the 2014 recruiting season Feb. 22-24 by hosting one of the largest Junior Day events in the country.
Over 100 of the nation’s top prospects were on campus to get a feel for what its like to be on The Plains.
Every one of the junior stars will be receiving heavy recruiting attention over the next year from dozens of schools.
For many, their first impression of a Division I program came at Auburn … and you know what they say about first impressions.
Since being announced as the new head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn has proven that he runs his life like he runs his offense … fast paced and hurry up.
He hit the ground running assembling a staff of respected recruiters who also had proven track records as quality coaches. Then Gus and his crew accomplished in approximately three weeks, what normally takes a year.
Now within 48 hours of the close of Junior Day, Auburn has offered several high profile players.
* Four star OL Jordan Sims (6’4″, 330) from Homewood (Ala.) said he was excited and grateful when he received his AU offer.
* Four-star running back from Prattville, Ala. Kamyrn Pettway was offered Saturday. Pettway (6-0, 220) is said to be one of the best backs in Alabama.
* Josh Casher (6’1′, 280) OG was offered Tuesday. He said he was impressed when OL Coach J.B.Grimes said the Tigers felt like he is one of the top linemen in the state.
* David Cornwell, quarterback from North High in Norman, Okla., was told by OC Rhett Lashlee Saturday of his new offer. The 6-foot-5, 230 lbs. QB threw for 2,742 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012.
In addition several elite players spoke publicly after junior day saying the Tigers have now moved into one of their “favorites status.”
Some of those include: 4-star cornerback from Opelika Stephen Roberts , Jakell Mitchell, 4-star TE also from Opelika; Shaun Hamilton, 4-star linebacker from Carver in Montgomery; and 4-star defensive end Justin Thornton from Vigor in Mobile.
In addition, Malzahn is hot on the heals of 5-star Racean Thomas who is rated the nation’s No. 4 running back. The staff has met with him several times and by all accounts have developed a good relationship with the Oxford High standout.
If the HUNH coaching crew could bring in a 2013 class like they did in a few short weeks, just think what they should be able to do with the help of the new off the field support staff and a whole year to get the job done.
It will be interesting to see what kind of class will sign with Gus in 2014. But for now, Auburn’s new hurry up head coach is just four weeks away from starting his first spring practice.
If Malzahn has his way, that four weeks will be here in a week and a half.