Sunday, January 3, 2010

One More Month

It is just one month until National Signing Day of 2010 and Auburn is sitting pretty with recruiting. New SEC rules cap the total amount of signees for 2010 at 28 but Auburn can technically bring in 33, counting 5 early signees toward the 2009 class (Curry, Newton, Sanders, Gayden and B. Mosley). So, with Auburn currently at 27 total (22 counting toward 2010), how will NSD look for the Tigers? Let's take a look:

Current Commitments Who May Be Wavering:
  • **** Shon Coleman - OT - looking around at schools such as Ole Miss, Miami (FL), Tennessee and Arkansas. He also has set an official visit to Auburn. I say Auburn holds onto Coleman but he is a very soft verbal.
  • *** D.J. Howard - S - looking at Clemson and Kentucky. Auburn is recruiting him as a safety but he wants to play running back in college, which is more likely at Clemson. I say it is 50-50 between AU and Clemson right now.
Top Uncommitted Targets:
  • ***** Marcus Lattimore - RB - Auburn appears to be in great shape for the number 2 running back in the nation according to Rivals. If I had to guess right now, I would say Lattimore picks Auburn over his home state Gamecocks but with three official visits still planned (Oregon, Georgia and USC) anything could happen. EDIT: Lattimore has eliminated UGA since I posted this.
  • ***** Lache Seastrunk - RB - Due to Dyer's commitment and Lattimore's interest in AU, Seastrunk appears to not be Auburn bound. Lache has been very quiet lately regarding recruiting but appeared to enjoy his Oregon visit and the Ducks could be the team to beat, as well as the Southern Cal Trojans.
  • **** Eric Mack - OG - the current South Carolina commitment was spotted wearing an Auburn hat at the Under Armour All American game (link here, pic courtesy of Auburn Eagle). It has long been speculated Mack would change to the Tigers and I see that happening.
  • **** James Stone - OT - considering a January visit to Auburn but it is not likely Auburn lands the Nashville tackle. His top four are Auburn, Stanford, Alabama and Tennessee and I see him either playing for Saban or Kiffin next season.
  • **** Jeffrey Whitaker - DT - All American is likely to sign with Auburn. I don't want to use the word "lock" but I would be very surprised if he went elsewhere.
  • **** Mike Thornton - DT - many think Auburn is the leader here but I am skeptical. He has Auburn, UGA, Penn State, Florida and Miami at the top of his list. My prediction is UGA or Penn State for Thornton.
  • **** Byran Jones - DT - I think Auburn swoops in and steals another top Arkansas player. The second best player in the state seems to be leaning toward Auburn and if the Tigers indeed do not land Thornton then I would not be surprised to see Auburn land this four star.
  • **** Corey Lemonier - DE - this Florida d-end appears to be Auburn bound. He will decide on NSD between Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU and Tennessee. The All American seems to enjoy the family atmosphere at Auburn and I see him in orange and navy next season.
  • *** Ken Adams - DE - JUCO defensive end originally signed with Tuberville's staff out of high school. He is deciding between Auburn, LSU and UNC. I see Auburn as his leader and would look for him to sign soon.
  • *** Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson commitment is open and if there is room I see Auburn in Beasley's future. The Auburn legacy would wrap up an amazing linebacker class for the Tigers.

So there are my predictions for the rest of this class: Ken Adams, Corey Lemonier, Byran Jones, Jeffrey Whitaker, Marcus Lattimore, Eric Mack and Vic Beasley (obviously D.J. Howard would have to decommit to fit all of these seven in). With Auburn's class currently ranked THIRD on Rivals, it is safe to say this class would end up in the top five.


  1. I'm calling the trifecta. I think Seastrunk has been Auburn bound for a while now and is playing the recruitniks (at Luper's behest). I also suspect we would lose interest in Bonomolo since he couldn't enroll early, but I certainly don't know anything. I have a feeling our current commit list is more like a rough starting point for our staff, and they are prepared to make some changes to get the guys they want.

  2. No way we lose interest in Bonomolo...We knew all along that he is a May grad...If we lose interest in anyone it would be Ken Adams...I'd like to sign Vic Beasley in this class, and let him play S...I know he is 6'5, but West Virginia has a 6'5 S...I think we will hold onto DJ Howard, just a hunch...Ill take Byran Jones or Thornton as long as we get Whitaker...To me Jones looks like a Whitaker clone, So I really want him more.

  3. I'm with you on Ken Adams. If Auburn signs him he better break the sack record next year. Can't see any other reason use a scholly on another juco DE.

  4. I agree with your analysis although I wouldn't count Seastrunk out. He's consistently listed Auburn as one of his favorites and I don't believe that has changed. I also agree on Thornton, although Rocker is working hard. Any way you cut it, this is going to be an outstanding class. I think we get Whitaker although GA and Garner is making a giant push, Lattimore although he is visiting USC, possibly Seastrunk, Jones and I believe we will get Lemonier. JMO

  5. It will be great to watch Clemson Tigers,i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.