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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Special Signing Day for Auburn Football

Coaches Gardner and Malzahn celebrate a great defensive class. photo by Auburn Athletics

 Auburn finished this day in the top 10 for the 4th consecutive year and probably has one of the best defensive line and wide receiver classes in the country. 

Two of the big announcements today that I saw was Derrick Brown, a 5 star defensive tackle from Buford, GA and Nate Craig-Myers, a 4 star wide receiver from Tampa, Florida.  I was actually surprised at the news about Derrick Brown since I was led to believe all day by the Atlanta news media that he would certainly sign with Georgia. 

This will be the first time that Auburn has signed the number 1 player in Georgia. Here are some of my thoughts about this recruiting class:

1. The defensive front should be solid next season with the addition of Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson, Antwan Jackson, Paul James, Nick Coe and Dashawn Manning. 

I expect Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson to be starting on the defensive line this season and both could make an instant impact. Both players are destined to be all SEC players.

2. It does appear that Auburn intends to throw the ball a lot next season with the recruitment of Kyle Davis,  Nate Craig-Myers, Eli Stove and Marquis McClain. 

I do believe that all of these receivers will see the field next Fall. Kyle Davis and Nate Craig-Myers are destined to be immediate impact players.

3.  The QB competition will come down to Jeremy Johnson, John Franklin and Sean White. It will be interesting to see how the QBs performs in the Spring game on April 9. John Franklin is a dual threat.  The decision on the starting QB at Auburn will define the season.

 Auburn did sign Woody Barrett, a 4 star QB, although it's reported that he is scheduled to take the SAT again so I wish him well.

4. Prince Sammons , a 4 star defensive lineman from Cincinnati, Ohio. Auburn will most likely convert him to the offensive line. Also, Brodarious Hamm, a 3 star offensive tackle from Griffin, GA will add some depth to the offensive line.

5. Malik Miller, a 3 star running back from Madison, Alabama will add some depth to the Auburn running back rotation now that Peyton Barber has left for the NFL.

6. Marlon Character, a 3 star safety from Atlanta, Jayvaughn Myers, a 3 star corner back from Dade City, Florida and Daniel Thomas, a 3 star safety from Montgomery, Alabama and John Broussard, a 4 star corner back from Phenix City, Alabama will add some needed depth to the defensive backfield. 

7. Tre Threat, a 3 star linebacker from Spanish Fort, Alabama and Landon Rice, a 4 star tight end from Calhoun, GA was signed.

The foundation has now been laid for the future of this Auburn Football program under Gus Malzahn and I look forward to the next football season. 

War Eagle!

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