Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Where Do We Go From Here?

Auburn has five spots remaining for the 2010 class but may take only 2-4. Here are the recruits still on the board and what I predict:

***** - RB - Marcus Lattimore - I believe Auburn will land Lattimore over South Carolina and have for some time. The latest I have heard is Auburn has a slight lead.

***** - RB - Lache Seastrunk - I see Seastrunk as an Oregon Duck next season.

***** - WR - Markeith Ambles - Wide receiver has off the field issues. The staff has pulled his offer but he has a lot of interest in Auburn. If you watched the Army All-American game, you know this guy is a game changer. If Auburn has room and will risk offering him, I see him ending up at Auburn, however, I do not see an offer being extended. I see him either going back to UT or switching to UNC.

**** - OG - James Stone - Has said his finalists are Auburn and Alabama. He plans to visit Auburn this weekend. With Mack's commitment today our offensive line may be full. He has been rumored to be 'Bama bound anyways so I expect him on the Tide.

**** - OT - Damien Robinson - Again, I believe we are done recruiting offensive line but we were never a serious contender for Robinson I do not believe.

**** - DE - Corey Lemonier - Has made his decision and will announce on National Signing Day. He has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Miami and Florida State. Has visited Auburn and FSU officially and may take an unofficial to Miami. I say Auburn is the leader for Lemonier but he may want to stay closer to home. I will predict him to be a Tiger.

**** - DT - Jeffrey Whitaker - Whitaker is between Auburn, Miami and Georgia. He visited Auburn this past weekend and was blown away. He will visit Georgia this weekend and Miami the next. Barring an overwhelmingly impressive official in the next two weeks, I think he is an Auburn Tiger on NSD.

**** - DT - Mike Thornton - Thornton has eliminated Auburn. According to sources, there was an incident on the Auburn coaches' visit to the Thornton household in which Thornton's father would not allow the coaches in to talk to him. Apparently the coaches were the ones who backed off of him, not he who backed off of Auburn like he claims in a recent article. Either way, I have always projected him to UGA.

**** - DT - Byran Jones - Jones is down to Auburn and Arkansas. Jones had a great visit to Auburn this weekend and will officially visit Arkansas next weekend. Does not claim a favorite right now. Right now I will call this a toss up. He will make his decision after the Arkansas visit but will not announce until NSD.

**** - DB - Ahmad Dixon - Recently re-committed to Baylor. Has previously committed to Texas, Baylor and Tennessee. Dixon cannot make up his mind but I think he stays with Baylor.

*** - ATH - Vic Beasley - Clemson commit could play linebacker or safety in college. Right now I am not positive that Beasley has a committable offer from Auburn. He claims to be 90% to Clemson right now but plans to visit Auburn this weekend. I will say Clemson right now but will re-evaluate after this weekend.

Now if there is room, where else might the staff look? Here are some names:

CB - Akeem Cunningham - haven't heard much about him lately.
ATH - Eric Russell - if an offer is extended he would accept.
S - Patrick Swilling - if an offer is extended, he would consider.


  1. "Auburn has five spots remaining for the 2010 class but may take only 2-4." First reasonable thing I've heard on recruiting. You can only give 25 scholarships per year, and if all qualify, that means we are committed to 23 schollies (yeah, I know we can "sign" 28). I don't see any greyshirt type guys in these commits. So two more signings/committments are what I'm looking for if the 23 we have are rock solid. Lattimore and Whittaker should finish us up.

  2. There is no way that everyone we have is going to qualify. Never has happened before. Especially not under the Tuberville era. So we can over-sign by a few and still be ok. Theoretically the kickers could grey-shirt.

  3. My understanding is that several of the recruits were told when they were recruited that they may have to greyshirt. I think we will have a couple of sign and place but nothing like the last several years.

  4. If we get Lemonier, Lattimore and Whitaker, that is three more and would solidify maybe Auburn's best class ever. I hear most of these will qualify

  5. Beav, I pretty much agree with your projections, although I still think we stand a decent chance with Seastrunk. I don't know why, just have a feeling unless you know something I don't.

  6. nice article Beav! Seems like we are on the same page.

  7. "My understanding is that several of the recruits were told when they were recruited that they may have to greyshirt."

    Care to reveal any of those names?

  8. any idea who the "mystery" recruit was this weekend?