Published December 31, 2010 - 4:28am
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As with every SEC team, Auburn recruits mostly for need first, and then for best available players. Sometimes people misunderstand recruiting, and will assume that a certain player chose one school over another, when in fact only one of the the schools ever made an offer. In Alabama alone, there may not be more than five or six players that both Alabama and Auburn are recruiting heavily.
If a school has 5-6 QBs on scholarship, it’s doubtful they’re going to spend time and effort trying to sign another. So, when you hear a recruit state that he chose this school over that school, because that school didn’t show much interest in him, he’s being truthful. There are exceptions to recruiting for need. Auburn didn’t have a need for a QB in 2010, and had no plans to sign one, but Cam Newton had enough ability and upside to make it worthwhile to pursue him.
This is the current recruiting needs for Auburn in 2011, and current commitments at the position.
Offense (number sought)
QB (1) – Kiehl Frazier – 6′ 3″, 212 – Springdale, Arkansas
RB (2) -
ATH (1 or 2) – C. J. Uzomah – 6′ 5″, 230 – Suwanee, Georgia
WR (3) – Sammie Coates – 6′ 3″, 179 – Leroy, Alabama; Jaylon Denson, 6′ 3″, 190, Hoover, Alabama
TE (1) -
OL (4-5) – Reese Dismukes – 6′ 4″, 287 – Spanish Fort, Alabama; Thomas O’Reilly – 6′ 3″, 313 – Marietta, Georgia; Greg Robinson – 6′ 5″, 296 – Thibodaux, Louisiana
Defense (number sought)
DT (4 or 5) – Angelo Blackson – 6′ 5″, 290 – Bear, Delaware; Jabrian Niles – 6′ 2″, 270 – Mobile, Alabama
DE (3 or 4) – Kemiya Harrell – 6′ 5″, 235 – Plantersville, Alabama
LB (2) – Justin Garrett – 6′ 2″. 185 – Tucker, Georgia; Chris Landrum – 6′ 2″, 215 – Sweet Water, Alabama
CB (3 or 4) – Jonathan Rose – 6′ 2″, 170 – Leeds, Alabama;
Safety (2) – Anthony Swain – 6′ 3″, 215 – Gadsden, Alabama
With only 14 commitments, you might worry that Auburn is going to have trouble filling these needs, especially with Auburn’s recruiting being hampered next week by their participation in the BCS Championship. While other teams are out recruiting next week, Auburn will be in Glendale, Arizona, preparing for their BCS Championship game with Oregon.
Auburn is actually in a lot better shape than the numbers here would indicate. Auburn pretty much knows the names of most of the players that will finish out their chart. Some of the names that the Auburn staff is high on, and feels good about include; Tre Mason, Jeremy Hill and Savon Huggins at RB, Quan Bray at WR, Brandon Fulse at TE, Devaunte Sigler and Gabriel Wright at DT, Marcus Roberson and Robenson Therezie at CB, and Erique Florence at Safety.
There are several others that are currently leaning to Auburn, but are also just as likely to go elsewhere. I don’t look for any additional Auburn commitments until either during the high school all-star games, or after the BCS Championship game. Most of the players Auburn has left on their board are wanting to take the rest of their visits, or announce during the all-star games.
The one thing that sticks out to me in this class is the fact that Auburn is going to a bigger defensive backfield. I think the games that Alshon Jefferies, AJ Green and Julio Jones had against Auburn’s smallish backfield opened some eyes about future needs.
As with most other recruiting seasons, I’m sure there will be a surprise or two come signing day. Auburn still has a couple of huge targets they’re working feverishly to switch.
Happy New Year!!!