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February 28, 2012

Breaking down the (presumably) complete 2012 Auburn recruiting class

Now that Alex Kozan has turned in his letter of intent and become the 21st member of Auburn’s 2012 recruiting class — Auburn counts Illinois transfer Jay Prosch among the recruiting class, but for the purposes of this blog, we’re only looking at incoming freshmen — it’s time to take a look back at a class that has been built over the course of the last month.

First of all, the recruiting sites have updated their rankings for the 2012 class to reflect Kozan’s signing. Except for ESPN. ESPN’s rankings people apparently spent Monday night watching Juan Pablo Montoya crash into a jet dryer, which, admittedly, made for good TV. Like the blog, the recruiting sites base their rankings only on incoming freshmen.

A quick examination of the position breakdown for Auburn’s 2012 signees shows a couple of areas that the Tigers obviously felt they had a need. Offensive line, to be sure, where the Tigers signed seven players and put together the nation’s second-ranked offensive line class. On national signing day, Gene Chizik highlighted the offensive line as the one position the coaching staff felt they needed to add some numbers to shore up a lack of depth.

The other spot is quarterback, and the numbers crunch was made necessary by Barrett Trotter’s decision to forego his final year of eligibility at Auburn. When Trotter made that decision, he left only two scholarship quarterbacks on Auburn’s roster — Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier — and Auburn felt like it needed four quarterbacks in the program. To fill the extra spot, the Tigers offered a spot to Central-Phenix City quarterback Jonathan Wallace along with the already-committed Zeke Pike.

Four players have already arrived on campus and enrolled. Pike, offensive linemen Shane Callahan and Patrick Miller and linebacker Javiere Mitchell all enrolled early and plan to go through spring practice, although Mitchell is recovering from shoulder surgery for an injury suffered last season. An official update on his status likely will not be available until spring practice.

And for those who count Prosch among the class, that’s a pretty significant addition. Prosch is already a proven player, and he’s the kind of guy who’s built to block SEC linebackers in the hole and open creases for the running backs. How he will be used is still a work in progress; new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is still putting together his playbook.

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Auburn’s 2012 Recruiting Class

Quarterback

Running back

Wide receiver

Tight end

Offensive linemen

Defensive line

6 Comments

  1. For being the “world wide leader in sports” ESPN could at least make an attempt to have a legitimate recruiting site. This happens all the time, they never update their rankings and usually their rankings drastically differ from the other sites. On a side note, I’m excited to see what Loeffler has in mind for QB Wallace. It’s sounds like he hand picked him so their must be something special about this guy, I guess we will see this spring.

    Comment by War_Eagle_2010 — February 29, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  2. An alert reader pointed out that I had the 2013 rankings up for 247Sports. A little embarrassing, but it’s fixed now, so that’s why it says 14th instead of 10th.

    Comment by JErickson — February 29, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  3. I looked up some of wallace’s video and most of it is him running all over defenses including oxford who had both kwon alexander (he might have been out with a knee injury at the time) and trae elston so maybe wallace as a slot receiver kinda like a more athletic kodi burns?

    Comment by hopwareagle — February 29, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  4. There we go SCHS, smart pick fellas

    Comment by Michael Ruple — February 29, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  5. During the next recruiting cycle I’d like to see AU pick up a Cam Newton sized receiver, while I like the guys we have now they all seam to be too short or too skinny, we need a bruiser who can wrestle the ball out of the air. I also hope BVG gets his bigger linebackers, it’d be nice if one guy could tackle a RB.

    Comment by War_Eagle_2010 — March 1, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  6. I agree with the comment about linebackers. Our linebackers are way too small.

    Comment by Richard — March 1, 2012 @ 11:36 am

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