Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:38 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Although their in-state rival has received plenty of attention, Auburn has done a very good job on the recruiting trail early in the process and the Tigers added to their class on Saturday with the commitment of Pinson (Ala.) wide receiver Earnest Robinson.
“I committed today,” Robinson told 247Sports. “I’m coming down to Auburn and going to be part of the family. I’m an Auburn Tiger now."
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder held offers from Alabama, Florida State and Oregon among others and was one of the most productive receivers in the state last year. Robinson's relationship with Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor and other staff members was one of the key reasons he is staying close to home however.
“I really love Troop He’s like my family, like my dad," the wide out said. "He’ll take care of me and be on me hard about my education. (Coach Tommy) Thigpen is just like my dad. He’s cool, laid back. I can talk to them about anything."
Robinson's commitment bumps Auburn's class of 2013 up to four and follows on the heels of landing punter Jimmy Hutchinson earlier in the week. He is the first offensive player to commit since the hiring of offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and caught 12 touchdowns on just 30 catches last season as a junior.
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:58 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. Nobody treats the day more like a national holiday than those in the SEC and this year could be a banner year for the conference, especially with newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri. There's a chance half the league ends up with a top 15 class and it is looking favorable that one team signs the country's top recruit. The rich, it seems, just seem to get richer on Signing Day.
1. Is this an all-time great class for Alabama?
As good as Nick Saban is at winning games and building all-time great defenses, he might be even better at recruiting. It hurts to lose trusted lieutenant Sal Sunseri to Tennessee but this still has the makings of one of Alabama's greatest hauls ever. In addition to the elite players the Crimson Tide have already landed, they have a really good chance at grabbing defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and there's still an outside chance they can flip quarterback Jameis Winston. Still, as presently constructed, there's no doubt Alabama winds up #1 in the team rankings and is in the discussions for one of the top classes in recent memory.
2. How well do the newcomers fare?
Welcome to the big, bad SEC Missouri and Texas A&M. Now, how well do you recruit? At the moment, not bad at all. Despite a head coaching change, the Aggies have several talented top 100 players and should finish in the top 12 if they don't crack the top 10. The Tigers grabbed one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country and are in the running for the nation's top recruit (though they may be behind, they're still in the race). The quality depth might be present like elite classes Florida or Alabama have but it appears that the move to a new league hasn't hurt either program.
3. Does Auburn expereince a championship bounce?
It's a catch-22 for the Tigers, on one hand they won a BCS national championship not too long ago and were cleared by the NCAA. On the other hand they've lost both their coordinators and have seen some waffling from some of their commitments. It still looks like they're destined for a top 15 class but it's also possible they lose a top player or two, such as recent decommit Ricardo Louis (whose recruitment isn't over). If they can land one of the elite prospects left on their board, such as lineman Avery Young or linebacker Kwon Alexander, it would be safe to say Auburn's class got a nice uptick from winning a title. If they don't, the staff turnover might have negated it.
4. Can Vanderbilt top Tennessee in the class rankings?
The fact that this is even a storyline is a testament to what James Franklin has done. Neither team has an incoming class that screams 'wow,' but each has a few impressive recruits. Tennessee will probably finish with a deeper class but it might lack an elite prospect while Vanderbilt could wind up with a few top players and solid but not great depth. It's a pivotal year for both programs and you wonder if getting someone like current pledge and top 25 running back Brian Kimbrow to sign will provide a boost for the Commodores over their in-state rival.
Most impressive class: Alabama
Most underrated class: South Carolina
Work left to do: Ole Miss
Assistant recruiters of note:
Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Rumph, Kirby Smart and Lance Thompson, Alabama
Curtis Luper, Trooper Taylor and Tommy Thigpen, Auburn
Kris Cinkovich, Tim Horton and Chris Klenakis, Arkansas
D.J. Durkin, Aubrey Hill, Derek Lewis and Dan Quinn, Florida
Todd Grantham and Rodney Garner, Georgia
Tee Martin, Randy Sanders and Chuck Smith, Kentucky
Brick Haley, Greg Studrawa and Frank Wilson, LSU
Maurice Harris and Chris Kiffin, Ole Miss
Greg Knox, Tony Hughes and Chris Wilson, Mississippi State
Andy Hill and David Yost, Missouri
G.A. Mangus, Steve Spurrier Jr. and Lorenzo Ward, South Carolina
Darin Hinshaw, Terry Joseph and Sal Sunseri, Tennessee
Clarence McKinney, Brian Polian and Terrell Williams, Texas A&M
John Donovan, Herb Hand and Ricky Rahne, Vanderbilt
Head coach under pressure: Derek Dooley, Tennessee
Top SEC class prediction: Alabama
Top SEC signee: Dorial Green-Beckham
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Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 5:53 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Auburn's Big Cat Weekend was expected to be another big recruiting haul for the Tigers and it looks like the final count is three commitments to the program as a result of the event. This year was very successful not only in terms of the number of commitments but in the quality of players unofficially visiting the Plains as number one rated running back Barry Sanders Jr. and top cornerback Geno Smith were among the recruits in attendance.
Still, it was the three commitments that likely have the Auburn coaches excited. Parker (Co.) offensive tackle Shane Callahan not only took one of the longest trips to visit but also kicked things off by committing in the middle of Big Cat Weekend on Saturday.
"The coaches, they're phenomenal," Callahan told AuburnSports.com. "But it's really a place... You're not always going to have football, so if they weren't here, it would be a place I would want to be even without football. It's one of the greatest towns, colleges, campuses. And the football team... They're one big family and I'm really excited to be part of that family."
The 6-foot-6, 280 pound Callahan will enroll in the school early and come in and compete at both tackle spots. He held offers from Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Washington and Vanderbilt but does not plan on taking any other visits. He is the second offensive lineman in Auburn's class of 2012.
While Callahan was the only player to commit during Big Cat Weekend, two other players waited to return home and discuss things with their parents before pulling the trigger on a commitment. Prichard (Ala.) defensive end Darius Philonwas one who took his unofficial visit last week but he didn't end up getting an offer from Auburn. He already held offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State and Texas Tech among others but it was one from the Tigers (that eventually came) he was waiting on.
"Yes sir, I committed," Philon told AUTigers.com. "I actually decided on Friday. They wanted me to come see the campus and I did. They showed me around. It's where I've wanted to go since I was a little boy."
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive lineman committed to Auburn on Monday. The final commitment came Tuesday afternoon as Miami Beach (Fla.) wide receiver Ricardo Lewis pledged to the Tigers after visiting during Big Cat over the weekend.
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:12 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Auburn reeled in one of the top in-state recruits on Saturday afternoon in Lester (Ala.) wide receiver Alex Taylor. The Tigers were hosting a Junior Day when he decided to pull the trigger.
"I went ahead and committed," Taylor told AuburnSports.com. "I committed early because it is all about family. Auburn is a good program and it's where I want to be. I grew up an Auburn fan so it's where I want to be."
Taylor held offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska and Tennessee among others. Seeing Auburn go through a spring practice as part of the Junior Day activities allowed the talented wide receiver to feel comfortable enough to commit.
"It was good because I got to meet the players, see them practice and see what all they had, what help they needed," he told the website. "I saw that they needed receivers. They didn't have a lot of tall guys. I figure I'm their type and I could help them out."
The 6-foot-3, 190 pound Taylor added he will likely take visits to other schools but is firm to Auburn. He credited the coaching staff, specifically area recruiter Phillip Lolley and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, as one of the reasons the Tigers stood out from the pack.
"I like the coaches. I like being around them," he said. "They are pretty important to me. I like Coach Lolley and Coach Taylor. They are great coaches and are all about family.
Taylor is the third commitment for the Tigers in the class of 2012, all of whom are from the state of Alabama. Some of his junior year highlights are below.