Auburn has had some gems, and it has had some busts when it comes to recruiting the high school ranks. There are some big names that topped each Auburn class during the past decade.
Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s choices. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.
Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.
|YEAR||NO. 1 RECRUIT||POS||NAT RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|2013||Montravius Adams||DT||10||A solid contributor as a true freshman, 20 tackles, 1 sack||B|
|2012||Avery Young||OL||72||Has earned a starting position very early in college career||A|
|2011||Christian Westerman||OL||10||Only played in two games for Aub and then transferred to Arizona State||F|
|2010||Michael Dyer||RB||8||When he was on the field for Aub, he was brilliant, but struggled off it||C+|
|2009||Tyrik Rollison||QB||123||Transferred to Sam Houston State after 1 yr at Aub., then left S.H. State||F|
|2008||Onterio McCalebb||RB||253||Ended up going prep school for 1 yr, then became contributor at Aub.||B|
|2007||Lee Ziemba||OL||43||Seventh round NFL draft pick in 2011; consensus all American as Sr.||A|
|2006||Ben Tate||RB||76||Second round NFL draft pick in 2010; 3,321 career rushing yards at Aub||A|
|2005||Tray Blackmon||LB||11||Up and down college career; some highlights, some disappointments||C|
|2004||Leon Hart||OL||48||Didn’t earn starting job until senior year, but played a lot of football||C|
NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively for past classes, taking the average of all four services.