Published February 6, 2013 - 10:53am
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Gus Malzahn and Auburn entered National Signing Day very hopeful. The Tigers already cemented five-star defensive end Carl Lawson the previous weekend, but they were waiting to hear great news from two other five-star defensive linemen.
As it turns out, Auburn was able to flip five-star defensive end Elijah Daniel away from Ole Miss. The Indiana native Daniel and Lawson could become bookends for the Tigers in the future. Daniel flipping from Ole Miss to Auburn is a big deal, but Daniel could have some grade issues to overcome first.
But the biggest signee of the day is five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams. The Georgia native spurned the in-state Bulldogs and signed with the Tigers, making three five-star defensive linemen inked on National Signing Day.
Although Auburn did lose defensive end Tashawn Bower to either LSU or Florida (controversy over his LOI), the additions of Daniel and Adams make the loss of Bower a distant memory.
The job Malzahn and his staff have done is nothing short of amazing, and it’s impressive they were able to get on so many top prospects down the stretch with a brand new staff.
Auburn’s defensive line is set for the future. Now, it’s time to develop those five-star prospects, something Gene Chizik failed to ever do.
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