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With the Book Closed on 2013 Recruiting, the HUNH Coach Starts on 2014

By on February 27th, 2013 in Football 11 Comments »

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.


  1. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    Things looking up since fast Gus arrived.. Looks like Auburn has a good chance at Racean Thomas and we sure could use him. I hope that linebacker Tre Williams can also be influenced to wear the orange and blue.

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    You said this: The Gus Bus must run on Energizer batteries.

    To which I reply: It’s really not batteries at all. Some sort of fusion reactor that runs on knowledge and the exhaust is effervescent. An other worldly element that creates his power, and it’s self sustaining too. I mean he has to be an alien from another planet, right? Or, as we say down here in the Wiregrass area, “he ain’t from around here.”

    What Coach Malzahn has done is very impressive indeed. Enjoyed the read.


    • sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

      My bet is that it’s a Mr. Fusion fueling that Flux Capacitor.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      ……Until we harness the Higgs Boson, a fusion reactor is a pipe dream. And we’re a LONG way from that…

      ……The debate about sleep and how much a body “needs” is ongoing. In my teens and 20s, I felt just horrible if I didn’t get nine or ten hours a night. These days, I rarely sleep more than 7, even with no alarm set. I can do 3 or 4 days straight with only 6, before I start to feel bad. 4 hours or less in one night nearly always has a big effect.

      …..I know that the marines and special ops types (Rangers, Seals, etc.) regularly are awaken on 5 hours of sleep for weeks on end. They function.

      ……Studies show sleep deprivation correlates with health problems later in life, so that’s worth thinking about. My little bit of anecdotal “evidence” the other way is that my grandparent that lived the longest usually got the least sleep. He was up at 4 in the morning even on weekends, and lived to age 98.

  3. mikeautiger says:

    The more I hear the more impressed I am with Gus. He means business and I think we are going to surprise a bunch of people in the Fall! I see another National Championship soon! By the way what is HUNH, I seemed to miss that some where along the way or I’m just not seeing the obvious, o wrong wave length I guess.

  4. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    No doubt about it, Gus is focused and determined. I’m on the bus and can hardly wait for April 20.

  5. dzer13 says:

    I’m really happy with this staff’s recruiting prowess thus far, however the last staff had no problem bringing in top rated classes. Where they fell short was in the coaching and player development department. That is where I am looking to see improvement. If we get to A-Day and see players that we saw last season showing a nice jump in improvement, then I will start to get excited. For now, I will remain cautiously optimistic.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      ……I’ve always been skeptical of the whole recruiting rating biz. I always want to see the guy make plays in a college football setting before I judge. I start getting really excited when they do it in a real game.

      ……Even with Cam Newton, I was all “3-8 passing on A-Day.” After Arkansas State, “well, he can sure run against a cupcake!” After Mississippi State and Clemson, “he can run, has a nice arm, and takes care of the ball.” Wasn’t till I saw him live against South Carolina that I started to believe he was something really special!

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        Said the same thing when I was at the Arkansas game. And it was in bold print against LSU. At the UGA game… it was obvious he was hiesman material…that was proven playing in Tuscaloosa.


  6. buddy Ro shaka4244 says:

    AU Recruiting Position needs seem to be following a cyclical trend

    2 years ago we had a HUGE OL haul… this past class seemed to focus on the need for DLineman & RBs…

    Can we assume then that we’re going to be focused on primarily secondary and WRs this coming 2014 push?
    Our big recruiting season (3 years ago?) for CBs and Safeties included John Rose, etc… and hasn’t panned out