|Shon Coleman signs with Auburn University. photographer unknown|
It's that time of year again, where we wait in anticipation for the college decisions of 17-18 year old football prospects.
National Signing Day (NSD) is what every recruiting enthusiast waits for. It's Christmas morning all over again with the exception being it's based in hope, not faith.
I wasn't the first, nor will I be the last to say recruiting is the lifeblood of every college athletic program. Simply, this is the most important piece of the puzzle for any championship program.
I use every "FREE" advantage to gain some limited amount of knowledge about the recruiting happenings that surround Auburn football. Using the information from Auburn 247Sports, and Rivals, along with the work of AL.com and the Auburn beat writers I gain the majority of my information, and occasionally I'll gain something from a national source.
To show you how some classes are full of potential, and short on fulfillment read this post by Joel A. Erickson about the 2012 signing class. There are zero guarantees in this business of recruiting. Many factors are involved in whether the majority of the players will become "stars" or even contributors to a successful football program.
Here is a short rundown of the players already signed by Auburn. From Auburn Rivals: