Auburn now at No. 2 in the nation, snags another one from Georgia

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If Georgia Bulldogs fans are wise, they’ll petition Governor Nathan Deal to issue a decree to ban Auburn’s coaching staff from the Peach State.

The recent trend has been ridiculous. Since Feb. 22, Auburn has landed six commitments from Georgia and has seven overall from the state. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the reason the Tigers now have the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation (as of Sunday) is because they are raiding Georgia as well as anybody has. Seven of Auburn’s 12 commitments are from Georgia.

Only one of Auburn’s current commits is from Alabama.

This weekend, it was the pickup of national top 200 safety Jordan Colbert that hurt Bulldogs fans. Keep in mind, Georgia is a talent-rich state and the Bulldogs can’t keep every single stud player home. They only need around 25 recruits a year and there are hundreds of talented players in the Peach State. But still, this is a disturbing trend. Let’s face it, Auburn beat Georgia on a hope-and-a-prayer Hail Mary pass last year, but when it comes to recruiting so far …. the Tigers haven’t needed a Hail Mary, if you catch my drift.

The Colbert pickup is probably the most damaging to Georgia. They really wanted him. Tyler Queen, the lone QB commit to Auburn, is out of Kennesaw (Ga.). The four-star signal caller is grinning from ear to ear.

“I know, we’re on a roll,” Queen told Saturday Down South after Colbert came aboard. “They build great relationships with the players, and that’s what makes that coaching staff so special.”

Earlier this week, it was four-star offensive lineman Kaleb Kim committing to the Tigers over the Bulldogs, while OL Bailey Sharp, LB Montavious Atkinson and former Ole Miss commit Marquel Harrell have all come on board with Auburn in recent weeks and all are Peach State natives.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.

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  • Taking recruits from Georgia and taking recruits that Georgia actually wanted are two different things. Just because Auburn gets recruits from our state, that does not mean that we actually wanted them (Kim) or that they could have qualified at Georgia (Colbert). Now they have taken a few from us that have hurt (Adams), but don’t paint a picture that every recruit that leaves our state for Auburn is a huge hit to our program.

    • I see your point, but considering Auburn is currently #2 in the current recruiting rankings with the majority of their commitments being from the state of Georgia, as a Georgia fan, I would be concerned more about what/who the Georgia coaches are evaluating.