Auburn has had some nice No. 1 rated prospects in past decade


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.

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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.

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.


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  • Not sure which recruiting service ratings you are using, but according to Rivals in 2013 Carl Lawson was the #4 recruit in the country, while Montravius Adams was #25.

    • composite rankings–average of all services. That note is below the list on all of these stories in the serious, but maybe I should move it above the list. What do you think JAD?