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  1. This is probably going to be way more than anyone wants to read. I am going to essentially share every ounce of information I know and remember up to this point in the recruiting process. Please feel free to add something if needed because I'm human and inevitably forget a player here and there. A lot of my commentary is going to be opinion based as well so take it with a grain of salt. Quarterback - Looking to take 1 Don't take this as a negative because recruiting is fluid but Auburn's current main and sole target, 4* Brock Glenn, was not the primary choice by the staff. That would have been current 5* Christopher Vizzina who ended up committing to Clemson; which was a bit of a surprise at the time considering how early Auburn had gotten in on his recruitment. Our second option was Eli Holstein, a four-star Louisiana quarterback currently committed to Alabama; to be fair the staff loved him but Alabama pushed harder and faster while our Tigers were focused on Vizzina. This means Glenn is "plan C" so to speak. I don't want my fellow Auburn fans to despair. Glenn is by no means a slouch and has been turning heads at the Elite 11 camps and is detestably a better fit for Harsin's scheme. He has an "NFL arm" according to scouts and fits a pro-style scheme that Auburn wants to continually shift towards. So Glenn might not have been Auburn's first choice at the start of the process he has become a quick riser in the rankings and the staff would not feel like they were settling if they got his signature. For those still a little unsure simply consider his recent offer from Ohio State; the Buckeyes are very high on Glenn and have done everything they can to quickly schedule an Official Visit (OV) before his commitment date at the end of the month. This is a concern that Auburn will be watching. If Glenn sticks to his original commitment date (before the Elite 11 finals) then Auburn will be feeling incredibly confident. However, if Glenn decides to move back his commitment date then it's time to start worrying and potentially considering who is next on the board. One thing worth noting is that while he goes by Brock, his first name is actually "Auburn" and his family has deep ties and admiration to our lovely university. The level of confidence varies here but I am going to stay optimistic. It is my belief that Glenn loves Auburn and might actually be a borderline silent commit before the Ohio State offer; I believe the Buckeyes flirtations with Glenn will speed up the decision by other targets that Ohio State has. Prediction: Auburn signs Glenn at the end of June and doesn't pursue another quarterback in this class. If a quarterback on the roster transfers look for a portal quarterback to be brought in for depth. Running Back - Looking to take 2 Auburn's staff wants two running backs of different types. A shifty more elusive back with top-end speed and a power back. The Tigers favorite prospect throughout the entire process, despite interest in some other players, is 4* RB Jeremiah Cobb from Montgomery, AL. A smaller and elusive back with good receiving skills (think a younger Tre Mason) the staff likes his pro skill set (notice a theme?) and his character. A few people that have been around him emphasize he is an "Auburn Man" for what it's worth. His relationship with Cadillac Williams has been well documented as a reason why the Tigers are favored. Another major factor is that Cobb's family only lives about 45 minutes from campus and it has been shown to be something very appealing to the class of 2023 running back. All of this coupled with Auburn's success at the position and potential for playing time has Auburn in the driver's seat. It is widely believed that Tank Bigsby will leave for the NFL Draft early putting Auburn in a position where RB1 will be up for grabs. Surely we'll hear about a committee approach next year but Auburn has historically always had "that guy" at the running back position. The off season reports have been really high on Hunter's development post-injury. The weird you thing at this position is that Auburn is openly looking to sign two backs. Despite that there isn't the slightest whisper about who that might be. There is a rumor the staff is silently working on a very under the radar guy or that they might consider a transfer to fill Tank's experience being lost. Other sources imply maybe a player from the JuCo ranks. We will likely know more after Cobb commits. My belief is the staff is giving him their sole focus to lock him down right now. Prediction: Auburn signs Cobb and aims for another RB from high school; if the right guy isn't likely then we patiently wait for a transfer or JuCo prospect. Wide Receiver - looking to take at least three The main target is and has almost always been 4* Karmello English in terms of a speedy slot player. Our staff very much is still in the hunt for a bigger 6'2" or taller outside prospect but no name has really emerged quite yet. Another smaller receiver that Auburn has been targeting is 6'0" 4* Khai Prean who is actually listed as an Athlete. Auburn is believed to be the favorite for both English and Prean. Not much has been said bout Prean but English is supposed to be a very legitimate talent with game breaking ability. Still, Auburn wants a big outside guy with solid speed. Despite this need and desire we haven't seen any other names remotely mentioned. No visits, rumors, chatter, or speculation regarding any other receivers. It's possible Auburn will look to the portal again this next off season to fill gaps. The Tigers are set to lose a number of receivers between seniors and players getting to upper-classmen status that haven't seen the field much (and therefor are likely transfers out of the program). We added two receivers from the portal this year and I could see us repeating the process next year as well. Prediction: we add English and Prean (both guys at or under 6'0") and look for two guys 6'2"+ either from high school, JuCO, or the portal. Offensive Tackle - looking to take at least two from high school Put your reading glasses on because there is a lot here. Auburn might be listed as "warm" for 4* Wilkin Formby and he had nice things to say after visiting the Tigers but don't hold your breath; he literally lives in Tuscaloosa and the Tide have finally started to show him some love. Next there is 4* Bo Hughley one part of the "Langston Quartet" and currently a Georgia commit; his recent official visit has many feeling confident that Auburn is now the team to beat despite his committed status. There is also 4* Zechariah Owens who Auburn refuses to give up on despite there being very little traction with the Georgia native. Owens' teammate however, 4* DJ Chester, is buying whatever our Tigers are selling and some believe he might be our first commit over the summer. Another player that might get some attention were Auburn to miss on others is 4* Stanton Ramil who has gone rather quiet in the recruiting world. There are three other offensive tackles who I don't feel too confident about mentioning just yet. It is my belief that Auburn is simply setting the groundwork for backup plans should some things go south quickly. This is smart and shows some growth from last year. There were some positions last year where Auburn was going after BIG fish(es) and when it flopped we were left hanging. Auburn is well aware that a huge number of offensive linemen will exhaust their eligibility and that depth on the line has been a need for a few years now. The plan is to bring in a lot of young guys knowing they likely won't start but building the depth in the long run. It is likely we see a massive push for some big time transfers and JuCo guys that can play right away. Prediction: we flip Hughley and land Chester before looking for potential starters in the portal or JuCo ranks Inside Offensive Linemen - looking to take three Auburn is listed as warm with 4* OL Clay Wedin but it has been a long time since I have seen his name mentioned; it's likely one of the two sides has moved on from the other. Auburn High School's Bradyn Joiner has earned his 4th star recently and the Auburn commit has impressed despite his 6'1" frame; that height likely means he is projected at center. One of the more underrated players in this entire class is 3* RyQueze McElderry who is currently committed to Georgia but, like Hughley, it is believed that Auburn leads; he will need to drop some weight to be effective considering he is currently listed at 340 lbs. which is probably 30 too many. 3* Connor Lew is someone that Auburn might look to if there is a miss somewhere in the process. As stated above, it is likely Auburn looks for starting material in the portal or junior college ranks. The goal is to add two guards and a center from this group of high school prospects if at all possible. Prediction: we sign Joiner and McElderry and fill the remaining spots with experience players. Tight End - looking to take one This will be a shorter section (yay). 4* Jelani Thurman is where it starts and ends for Auburn. No backup options currently and no one else being entertained or brought on a visit. Another member of the "Langston Quartet" that Auburn is hoping to bring in to the fold. Previously I believed Auburn would take two in this class after entertaining the idea last year. Now, after hearing that Luke Deal plans on using his bonus year, I believe Auburn will be fine with just one unless someone transfers (I could see a Brandon Frazier or Fromm leaving if they don't see the field much this late in their career). Prediction: we sign Thurman and if someone transfers out we fill it with a transfer in return Defensive Linemen - looking to take four This will be a longer section especially considering I am combining Edge with the rest of the DL players. 4* Chandavian Bradley is listed as "warm" on 24/7 but there hasn't been any mention of him for quite some time. 4* Isaiah Nixon is a UCF commit and was at one time a key target; teams have recently dropped him way down in the evaluations as the process has played out and Auburn is no longer interested. Then there is 5* Peter Woods who visited Auburn a bunch early in the process but eventually went quiet; being a Thompson H.S. player it is easy to guess where he is going. THE guy for Auburn right now is 4* Keldric Faulk is possibly the biggest fish on the defensive side of the ball that our staff will land if things hold; everyone that has seen him in person says he looks like an NFL edge rusher right now. A player who is hard to read is 4* Hunter Osborne who, if I'm forced to bet, doesn't end up at Auburn. 4* Jamaal Jarrett is a North Carolina kid that Auburn would like to pull but I think we're currently playing from behind; his 6'6" 350 lbs. build is incredibly appealing. 4* Darron Reed is a possible backup plan. 4* Rueben Bain is a 50/50 between Auburn and his hometown Miami. It is my belief that Bain might actually be an Auburn lean but reporters are being cautious in their optimism. Our staff has done a phenomenal job building a relationship with Bain and his family. 4* Wilky Denaud is another possible fall back guy who will visit this weekend and we should know more about soon. 4* Anthony James recently decommitted from Texas A&M and Auburn has pounced on the opportunity to gain his attention. 3* Joshua Horton is another member of the "Langston Quartet" that Auburn appears to lead for; UCF is pushing hard trying to convince Horton he isn't an SEC player and will just ride the bench. Okay that was a little shorter than I thought. Outside of Faulk there are no definite here and Bain is really the only one we have seen on campus recently outside of Faulk. Auburn does have a need to load up on bodies here though despite the young JuCo and transfer additions. Prediction: Faulk, Horton, and Bain sign with the Tigers. Auburn probably aims to add two more as well. Linebackers - looking to take two to three This is one of the more fluid situations in Auburn's 2023 recruiting cycle. 4* Jaiden Ausberry was assumed to be virtual lock to the Tigers but a Notre Dame visit has "opened his eyes" according to one reporter; if Auburn isn't the choice it's safe to assume he wants to blaze his own trail. Auburn has done everything right in the recruitment of Ausberry ever since they started recruiting his older brother. 4* CJ Allen is another top target for Auburn but Georgia is his unquestioned favorite; the problem for Allen is that he isn't prioritized as highly as some other backers on the Dogs board. 4* Drayk Bowen was smitten with Auburn and the idea of moving out of the cold north before ultimately deciding to stay close to home at Notre Dame. 4* Lewis Carter from Tampa is listed as "cold" on 24/7 but Auburn is believed to very much be in the running. 4* Dee Crayton and Auburn seemed to be mutually high on each other but both have since distanced themselves. 4* Stanquan Clark likes Auburn but pulling him out of Miami would be a huge task and Auburn is believed to be trailing in this recruitment. 3* Phil Picciotti from Pennsylvania is a potential fall back option but would be a hard pull due to distance from home. 3* Eric Muse and NR Marcellius Pulliam are both guys Auburn is keeping in touch with as potential fall back options as well. I have said it here before but our linebacker recruiting with the new staff has not impressed me. We have had a lot of "misses" at this position and it feels like Ausberry, Carter, and Crayton all might end up adding to that list of fails. Would like to see the staff get Jaiden on campus again, hard push for Carter, and try to convince Allen to come to a school that prioritizes him first. Prediction: Honestly don't feel confident enough to predict any of these players to Auburn. It is a deep linebacker class and I think we will add at least two players at the position. Defensive Backs - looking to sign 4 Regarding corner backs the staff isn't seemingly pushing for too many in this class. 5* Tony Mitchell made a bunch of visits early but is largely just a troll enjoying the attention of the recruiting process. One player the Auburn fan base was really excited about was possible flip candidate 5* Jahlil Hurley who was openly dissatisfied with the lack of fan reaction to his commitment and Alabama cooling on his recruitment after he committed; like a girlfriend not getting enough attention he came and flirted with Auburn and many thought he was going to flip any second... then the jealous boyfriend came, likely upped the size of the "bag", and started doting on Hurley again and he allowed himself to be suckered back into the fold for the Tide. Auburn is now looking at players that are honestly projects at the corner position including 6'2" 180lbs 3* Ja'Keem Jackson who reportedly ran a sub 4.40 and has the staff quite intrigued; his talent is there but his skills are raw. Additionally there is 3* Dale Miller who Auburn has kept in contact with but there hasn't been too much momentum. With DJ James, Keionte Scott, Austin Ausberry, JD Rhym, and others all with multiple years at corner I don't think there is a huge sense of urgency here. Regarding safeties, Auburn has a bit more positive news to report. 4* Terrance Love is a stud that has been a little overlooked because of how early committed. The Tigers are also working on 4* DaKaari Nelson from Selma, AL who is a solid 6'3" 203 lbs. with decent speed. There are supposedly a few more names being kept on the down low. I haven't seen any specifics but the number of visits is starting to spike and with reviews being so positive word is spreading that an Auburn OV is one worth taking. Prediction: Jackson, Love, and two others is the plan. Still some ambiguity in this position too but Zac Etheridge is given a long leash and all the respect imaginable. I, and more importantly the staff, trust him as a recruiter. Things are fluid so I'm sure this will be outdated soon but I wanted to share what I know. I have been trying to stay on top of all the news and stay active in the recruiting world to keep y'all updated a little bit more than what headlines can tell you. Thanks and War Eagle!
    28 points
  2. Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright, The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout, But there is no joy in Rotten Crotch—the mighty Vols have done bombed out. Pirated from Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" It couldn't happen to a more disgusting bunch of cry babies. God Bless the Irish!
    23 points
  3. Will resume play at 2pm tomorrow afternoon. Auburn will have a 9-run lead and be 11 outs from its 3rd Super Regional in 4 years. Butch Thompson is the most underrated coach on Auburn's campus. It's easy for fans of a football school to take a "national championship or bust" mentality toward success, but the baseball postseason format is truly a grind. For CBT to take a program that had been stuck in the mud since the late 90s and win 3 regional championships in 4 years, including a Super Regional Championship and a CWS berth, in the age of LSU/MSU/Arky/Ole Miss all performing at a high level is nothing short of remarkable. And this is all being done with AU baseball facilities being middle of the road in the conference at best. I type all that to put perspective on whenever this Cinderella journey does end, whether it be in Supers or Omaha, I hope the casual Auburn fan can truly comprehend the job CBT has done for our baseball program.
    22 points
  4. I saw this and thought it deserved it's own thread. Mods can merge if they want. Every coach should look at what Butch and Bruce have done and just copy it all. You want to win, follow their lead.
    21 points
  5. I'll say, even tho I'm not over here these days, really proud of these guys and what they have accomplished this season. It's super hard for me to catch many regular season baseball/softball games these days even tho I kept up with them all season, but post season baseball is something special. War Eagle everybody! PS: just wanted to share this bc it gave me a laugh
    14 points
  6. 2-0 count to Forrester ... Don't give him a swing to homer. Juuuusst foul down the line. 2-2 COUNT! 1 more strike!! Full count ... STRIKE OUT!!! AUBURN WINS AND ADVANCES TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES!!! HOLY s***!!! BURKHALTER WITH A MASTERPIECE!!!
    13 points
  7. "The best team in the history of college baseball" (according to the TV announcers) doesn't even win the super regional on their home field. Crappy attitude, crappy fans, glad they bit the dust.
    13 points
  8. I agree with this. At the same time, the excuses for AU are on thin ice with me. For instance, we complained for years that we needed a football only facility to compete. Now we’ve invested close to $100 million on one and it suddenly doesn’t matter. We say we need to win, but get virtually no bump when we do. Now it’s the NIL. Our staff needs to do their jobs and close.
    12 points
  9. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers for those inclined to do so .Pray for no blood clots or other things that could create complications. Also that I have the patience and understanding during recovery and that I’m easy to deal with for my family who will have to help take care of me until I have reasonable use of my good left arm. I have cerebral palsy and very little use in my right arm/hand so recovery will definitely be a unique experience.
    12 points
  10. @tgrogan21 competing with Ole Miss but this young fella will leave hospital with Auburn hat. 4:52 this morning.
    12 points
  11. Tap the brakes buddy... Please insert the disclaimer by the investment companies here: the one that reminds everyone that past performance does not indicate future returns.... Auburn's roster was full of empty jerseys - players who were not going to make an impact on the field at Auburn or any SEC program. I am not going to do the research, but outside of Tank, look at the RB room (one SEC back), WR room (one SEC receiver) and of course our lack of OL recruiting and depth are still hurting us today. Look at where our transfers went (SEC programs?) and the impact made and were any drafted. No... Harsin didn't inherit a program with a strong roster or even one that was full of SEC - East talent. Before you go crazy - why is Vegas and all the pundits picking Auburn to win 6 or 7 games this year? And Vegas wins - A LOT. If we had a full roster, we would have not dumped 5 games last year, down the stretch. Starters were beat down and we had no depth. Case in point: Our number #2 QB that the old staff was using couldn't even make the 3 deep at UCF this spring, after getting 'coached up' at UK last year. Think about that - he was our #2 and now can't make the 3 deep at UCF by the same coach who recruited him twice and insisted he was our #2 AT AUBURN! I Love the old HC (for how he represented), but he wasn't great at evaluating talent. What's the line from the movie, A Few Good Men? Kevin Bacon said them, "Those are the facts of this case and they are indisputable." Something like that. We agreed on a lot this past week, but not on this one.
    11 points
  12. bird has never taken a break in the 14 years I've known him......until now there are many reasons. I can tell you he is in San Padre Island, atm, with the family.
    11 points
  13. I think we're about to land: 4* QB Brock Glenn 4* WR Karmello English Edge transfer Marcus Bragg Over the next 2-3 weeks I also really think we end up landing: 4* RB Jeremiah Cobb 4* OT Stanton Ramil 4* OG DJ Chester 4* TE Jelani Thurman And a few other guys that aren't popping in my head rn It's gonna be a good summer
    11 points
  14. We're not going to get a big name coach with all the crap that goes on behind the scenes at Auburn. A big name doesn't have to put up with this kind of dysfunction. This has been going on since Pat Dye, then Tubs, then Gus and now Harsin. It doesn't matter what CBH did or didn't do, recruited or didn't recruit, coach up or didn't coach up. What matters is we have "some" people in and around Auburn that decided it would be a good idea to publicly cut the legs out from under Harsin. That is beyond stupid but what is even worse is they did it just because they didn't get their way. In the process of doing all this they used some of the most despicable tactics possible. They have done real damage to Auburn and gave our competitors every weapon they could have asked for to use against us. Harsin then has to rely on some of these same people to handle the NIL. You can have some of the best recruiters in America but if a Tennessee decides to pay millions for a QB you will lose. If we don't get this dysfunctional environment of the last few decades fixed, none of the rest will matter, including who we get as a coach because a big name coach won't put up with it. However, because of some of the tactics used in February, I am going to give Harsin a pass and see how this thing shakes out. In the meantime, I'm going to try to enjoy some Auburn football this season.
    10 points
  15. That 5* RB has been to Clemson then transferred to the Gators in those two years he had a total of 23 carries 113 yards. He was told to leave the Gators. Three teams in three years. Great pick up by Gus
    10 points
  16. A coach’s 2nd/3rd recruiting classes at a top tier SEC school should almost always be top 10 or better classes. Coaches have hopium and vision to sell without being tied down by a negative track record. It typically doesn’t get easier. If you’re waiting on a dynamic 2022 season to save Harsin’s recruiting then you’ll be very disappointed. Whiffing as badly as we’ve done on a deep and talented state class is troubling. It’s almost like no matter what he does the kids refuse to commit. I think he’s a dead man walking already.
    10 points
  17. My observations on the final game: In a lifetime of baseball, I may have seen another complete game where the winning team only had three hits, but I don't recall one. Kudos to AU for accomplishing that. Our hitters took way too many good pitches. I once talked to a friend who was coaching a team of 10 year olds. His main complaint: They take two good pitches and then strike out on a pitch in the dirt or over their heads. We weren't quite that bad, but it was close. We'll need to remedy that by Saturday. Aggressive hitting got us there in the first place. Lets get back to it. I thought Butch was nuts when he pulled Skipper and put Burkie in with 2 & 2/3 innings left. This once again confirms that the guy working with his players daily knows a helluva lot more than someone sitting outside the fence. Auburn has now been in two of the last three College World Series. That deserves a big WAR EAGLE in all caps!
    10 points
  18. If he's that much of a prima donna, we'll be better off if he takes his hurt feelings elsewhere.
    10 points
  19. Auburn Commits: 4* IOL Bradyn Joiner - solid 4* S Terrance Love - solid Auburn Leads: 4* RB Jeremiah Cobb - 90% confidence 4* WR Karmello English - 90% confidence 4* WR Khai Prean - 75% confidence 4* TE Jelani Thurman - 55% confidence 4* OT/IOL DJ Chester - 65% confidence 3* IOL RyQueze McElderry (UGA commit) - 55% confidence 4* DL/Edge Keldric Faulk - 85% confidence 3* DL Joshua Horton - 70% 4* LB Lewis Carter - 65% NR Jacorious Hart - 70% Auburn Has a Legitimate Chance 4* QB Brock Glenn - competing with Ohio State, FSU, and Georgia 4* RB Roderick Robinson II - though he's committed to UCLA we're right there 3* WR Lamar Seymore - battling with Pitt and UCF (depends how bad we want him) 4* OT Bo Hughley - between us and UGA where he is committed 4* Stanton Ramil - Auburn vs Tennessee with UT having the edge right now 3* Connor Lew - we might have a slight lead but UGA and Clemson are pushing hard 5* DL James Smith - believe it or not we're in consideration. Likely behind but not out. 4* DL Daevin Hobbs - hometown UNC leads but we're closing the gap 4* DL Rueben Bain - hometown Miami is the favorite but he keeps visiting AU 4* DL Darron Reed - if we win games we have a chance 4* DL Wilky Denaud - I think we might lead but FSU and Tenn got in earlier 5* ER Jaquavious Russaw - believe it or not we have a chance especially if we win games 4* ER Gabriel Harris (UGA commit) - really likes the early playing time idea 4* Jaiden Ausberry - staff just has to do enough it's obvious they won't be fired 4* CJ Allen (UGA commit) - IF the mutts keep pursuing their preferred linebackers and win Allen might get processed. We easily get him in that scenario. 4* Stanquan Clark - really likes Auburn but is a south Florida guy 3* Phil Picciotti - Auburn is in his top group but my money is on Penn State or Oklahoma who have pushed harder NR LB Justin Jefferson (JuCo) - hotly pursued by most but I like where Auburn sits. 4* CB Ja'Keem Jackson - I think it's 50/50 right now between AU and Tenn Auburn is still trying and/or this player might be a fallback target 4* WR Daquayvious Sorey - I think we're behind here but should we miss somewhere we might turn up the heat 3* WR Ja'Kobi Lane - he is a whopping 6'5" but that Arizona distance is tough NR Malik Benson (JuCo) - beginning phases of the recruitment 4* TE Jackson Bowers - I'm not sure if he'd listen but should we miss on Thurman this would be my guess for next man up 4* OT Zechariah Owens - we're trying he's just not biting 3* OT Vysen Lang - fallback plan 4* DL Kelby Collins - I don't know what in the world got in his ear but we don't seem to have this connection. Still trying. NR DL Elijah Davis (JuCo) - fallback option 4* ER Tausili Akana - we're trying but Utah is a long ways away 4* Rico Walker - North Carolina kids want to stay in state but we're trying 3* ER Ashley Williams - fallback option 4* LB Troy Bowles - no chance but we're trying 3* LB Eric Muse - fallback option NR LB Marcellius Pulliam - fallback option 4* CB Ethan Nation - not clear how hard we're pushing but there is a connection 3* CB Dale Miller - fallback option 3* S Bryce Thornton - fallback option Please move on they're not happening and/or we're not pursuing 4* WR William Fowles - I have never seen reporters so instantly say "not happening" after a recruit visited. Not sure what didn't click for him. 5* DL Peter Woods - just another Thompson HS player unserious about Auburn. 4* DL Hunter Osborne - Auburn doesn't really value him that high. He is way low on our board for whatever reason. When we're a hat on his table it'll be for show don't feel down when he goes somewhere else. 4* DL Jamaal Jarrett - we were serious contenders until a visit to Georgia where he canceled his visit here and his Big Cat Weekend visit. It's unfortunate but we lost this one (though we started very far behind). 4* DL Anthony James (Washington commit) - I just want to clarify that the kid showed up to campus very much lighter than he was listed. He is about to see a steep drop off in his ratings. 4* DL Sydir Mitchell - I saw some people complaining when it became obvious he was a Georgia lock. Thing is, we have never had any reason to ever believe he was coming to Auburn other than he was friends with Jarrett. 5* ER Chandavian Bradley - I have no idea why his name keeps getting mentioned. We have not had much contact or interactions up to this point. He isn't coming here and frankly I am not sure how hard we have tried with him. 5* CB Tony Mitchell - please God don't hold even an ounce of hope here. He is the biggest troll in this recruiting class. He literally told a UF reporter to put in a crystal ball for the Gators just to troll them. He isn't coming here. I don't care how many "Top ___" we make or don't make for him. I hate that T-Rob is coaching for the Tide. 5* CB Jahlil Hurley - he used Auburn to make Alabama jealous and now that he got them to come crying and kissing his behind he's all turd again. Yet again I'll say that I despise T-Rob coaching for the Tide. 4* S Avery Stuart - he has us in his top group and will announce his decision pretty soon. It's all for show; we have not pursued Stuart and no one expects him to sign with us. Don't buy the headline when it says "Stuart signs with Kentucky over Auburn, FSU, Arkansas, and others". We're in a rough spot. I have a hard time figuring out how we reach 25 in this class with the names we have now. December is a long ways away though.
    9 points
  20. We move up from 83rd to 74th passing App State, FAU, Arizona State, UTSA, Coastal Carolina, Southern Miss, Temple, Syracus, and Liberty. Suck it Liberty and coach Freeze.
    9 points
  21. His recruiting was decent, but way overrated. He failed miserably to recruit OL for his entire tenure here. He had one solid OL class in 8 years. He relied on WR/DBs to boost ratings that often times were over ranked due to playing at small schools and never materialized at the CFB level. He failed at QB recruiting. He failed to recruit to his system. It is what it is at this point. I will give you Gus was decent at recruiting, but not as good as many believe. As for Harsin and the current state of our program, I am in wait and see mode because that is the only way I can keep from being in total despair about it right now. I am hoping that success on the field this year will yield results on the trail. I actually think we end up with a better record than most so that is where I hedge my bets.
    9 points
  22. Agreed at some point we just have to put up or shut up. I have said this previously but sometimes I'm not sure it fans expectations align with the PTB. Our fans want to be what Alabama and Georgia currently are. Those in charge seem mostly fine with 8-4 and occasional big years. The Football Facility is a step in the right direction but it's at least five years late. It's now just the normal (even if it's better most big programs are at least comparable). NIL is now the big thing (and will be for the foreseeable future). We are yet again behind the curve. Not one player on our team has signed an NIL deal that has been big news. That's a problem. Now we're looking at bidding wars and taking the high ground. Recruits walk in to Auburn and hear about hard work and earning everything. Then they walk into Tennessee and hear how much they can get paid before every touching a practice field. I hate what they have let NIL become. This was everyone's worst fears come true. It should not be a recruiting tool but it is. Now college is a professional sport with no salary cap, no tampering rules, and a highly disfunctional transfer portal. College sports are quickly becoming harder and harder for me to be interested in at the moment. Bruce Pearl couldn't even get the kid he wanted because Tennessee was willing to drop $2m on him and we weren't.
    9 points
  23. It's a big deal for the simple fact of perception. Without a strong QB commitment, you are missing the most important leader for your recruiting class. That is why schools always want to lock down their QB as early as possible in the recruiting cycle. WR recruits want to go somewhere wherein you can sell the QB throwing them the ball. OL recruits want to play in an offense that will allow them to shine - hence they are also attracted to schools that can sell an elite QB recruit. And then RB's want to play in an offense that has OL recruits. So it's all interconnected. Your QB recruit is the most important because they champion the confidence in the entire offense/HC. If you can convince a 5-star QB to sign with your school, then that coach will be perceived to know what he is doing. When you struggle to land a QB, the perception is bad because it personifies poor confidence....and poor confidence lingers and radiates.
    9 points
  24. Thank you for keeping us in the fight with you! It was an inspiring season and we are thankful for it. War Eagle!
    9 points
  25. Well, it seems that it wouldn’t be unreasonable to ask you do a deep dive on the top 100 colleges as well so we can have a more accurate description. Could you do that by Monday please?
    9 points
  26. It doesn't mean much until commitments happen but these summer OVs are getting great feedback. Guys are moving us up their lists and dudes it seemed like we were out of the running for now seem to be back in the fold. On3 has a great spot where you can see a well updated list of visitors but I'll share it here too with some information. 4* OT Stanton Ramil - down to Auburn vs Tennessee with the Tigers having a current lead. We had gone quiet with him for a minute but the visit rekindled things. 4* DL and UGA commit Gabriel Harris was a surprise visit and now suddenly Auburn is in the picture. 4* DL and recent Texas A&M decommit Anthony James narrowed it down to two Auburb vs Washington. There is a lot of optimism here after his visit. He wants a decision in "early July" 4* RB Jeremiah Cobb went on an OV to Clemson and left unphased. Now, while he is still visiting Auburn, Jeffrey Lee has logged a prediction to AU... might materialize soon 4* LB Lewis Carter was trending towards UNC before his visit. Now things are very interesting. His family received a lot of attention from our staff and that has resonated really well with Carter. 4* DL Daevin Hobbs is a new name to me. On3 shows he is a heavy UNC lean but after his visit we're in contention. He admitted to not knowing anything about AU before the visit; it will take a return visit or two but Auburn is in the hunt. With so many DL high on Auburn though we might be in a "who jumps on board first" position soon which gives us a lot of power. 3* IOL Connor Lew had been feeling more love from UGA before the visit. The staff has since warmed on Lew and the visit went well. There is some discussion that he and Bradyn Joiner both project as centers but I believe Lew is capable of being a guard. 4* WR William Fowles visited but I haven't seen any reports about how it went. Miami might be in too big of a lead for Auburn to catch up. 4* ER Wilky Denaud had a top 2 of FSU and UF but Auburn has now made it a trio. We are in the mix but I'm not comfortable saying we lead necessarily. 4* ER Keldric Faulk is a favorite of the staff. I seriously can't picture him ending up somewhere else. Feels like a lock to me personally. 4* OT Bo Hughley is an UGA commit and a bit of a mixed bag. There's been times where he seemed like a guaranteed flip. Other times it felt like he is still a Georgia lean. It seems like the kid if conflicted and this will be a signing day decision. 4* TE Jelani Thurman is weird to me. I feel bullish and optimistic. For whatever reason the reporters are being hesitant. His family has connections to Michigan State and that's what a few are watching. 4* DL Rueben Bain is realistically down to Miami and Auburn. Does he want to stay home or come to the plains? He has visited a lot and loves it here. 4* IOL DJ Chester sounded in love with Auburn and has no other visits scheduled anywhere else as of now. He's one to watch. 4* LB Dee Crayton took an official to Clemson. They told him and a few other Linebackers "we only have this many spots take them or leave em" and Crayton bit. You can do that when you've had the run they have had. 4* LB CJ Allen is all Georgia if they'll take him. Thing is he might be 4th or 5th on their board. If the Bulldogs pass on him Auburn is the team to beat. 3* DT Joshua Horton is all Auburn if you ask me. He's toying with the idea of GT and UCF but we're his best offer. The Knights are trying to convince him he'll ride the bench his entire time here. Auburn, honestly, likes his size and potential as a lane clogger. The Tigers would never admit it but it's my suspicion we're pushing hard for him to help our chances with his highly touted teammates. 3* CB Ja'Keem Jackson is interesting. Auburn isn't really leading or trending with any 4* guys but I'm told their evaluations are different than others right now. Tennessee leads for Jackson but Auburn has done well to make it almost a tie. Auburn is young at corner right now so I think the staff is being patient in recruiting the position. They very much want someone 6'2" or taller with top end speed. Jackson fits that mold to a tee. NR Jacorious Hart doesn't have an Auburn offer yet but it's believed to be on the way. Auburn deserve credit for essentially discovering this kid before anyone else now he's taking off. Long kid with a sub 4.4 40. He's still learning the position though; mostly played linebacker in high school.
    9 points
  27. That's really not something to be making a joke about.
    9 points
  28. *SIGH* Honestly, I'm pretty tired of talking about Bo. I think he caught a lot more hate than he was warranted, but he's not some irreplaceable legend, as some have seemingly implied. I consider him a brother in orange and blue (even though he's wearing Oregon colors for now), and I feel confident he gave his everything to Auburn for the three seasons prior to transferring, so I thank him for his service. But, as I've said before, I think it's probably best for all parties concerned that he is in Oregon now. I'm looking forward to the new day with the current QBs.
    9 points
  29. Finally ....cheerleaders
    9 points
  30. Bring Butch to the Plains in 2017 and reap IMMEDIATE benefits. I hope Auburn power-brokers 100% buy into this program because the Plains should be a top 3 baseball atmosphere in this conference! It's time to accept the moving of the mantle from "scrappy overachievers" to "a damn formidable powerhouse!" WDE! So happy for Burkie...for Brody and Kason getting to close their careers at the place they started them..for the guys like Fuller, Wade and others who haven't had things go their way...for Josh Hall and the sacrifice of his season laying out at Alex Box stadium...phew, this is friggin amazing!!
    9 points
  31. @TigerbelleThanks for being the optimistic person you are through the entire season. I get a bit emotional during game threads and during the heat of the moment I might always be so positive. The gut and grit this team has shown through the entire year is amazing!
    9 points
  32. OMG!!! MY TIGERS ARE GOING TO OMAHA!!!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!! WOW OH WOW!!!! WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!! That LSU azzhat was so disappointed...lol!!!
    9 points
  33. We just got back home 30 minutes ago. We = my sweet bride of 31 years and my 2 girls (yes my girls are avid AU sports fans) were fortunate enough to be able to go to the Plains Friday-Monday (from B'ham). It has been a long time since I got in bed past 2AM 3 nights in a row and didn't grill out for 3 straight nights (ribs are smoking now). My personal observations -- Plainsman Park may be middle to low in the SEC but boy she sure looked beautiful this weekend +. Something about the parking deck in left and hundreds of folks hanging there, South Don standing tall in right with the hitting lab right under her. 100's of fans behind the fence in right center. The immaculate clay infield. The greenest grass in the world. She simply looked beautiful. Former MLB star and UCLA player dad, Eric Karros, couldn't have been more complementary of our facilities, fans and program. His opinion matters. I stopped another 30 something year old UCLA guy yesterday before the cancellation and asked "tell me about your experience" and he replied simply "man I love Auburn." This was as they were getting beat 9-0. I"ll be honest, I sometimes take us for granted. The games -- we absolutely freakin dominated. 51 runs, 59 hits, 1 error. Come on man. Against FSU and UCLA. Come on. Our staff-- if you have a pitcher do you want Butch and Huddy coaching your son? If you have a hitter -- Gabe and Karl? And add to it the kind of men that they are. I love BP and what he has done is unreal. But think of this, Butch has 11 scholarships, no Hope scholarship, no Vandy foundation. He literally has one hand tied behind his back, yet we have won 9 straight regional games. I think this will be 4 out of the last 5 super regionals for us... The fans -- our fans are unfreakingcrazygoodunreal. Mike the helmet guy needs a 6 figure NIL deal. I have no idea how his voice survives 4 consecutive days. That man believes in Auburn and loves it. The stands were so crazy loud. Mason had 8 straight strikeouts last night in part because the batters had a chainsaw in their head every AB. There had to be 700 people in the parking deck and another 350 in the outfield. Because of these things I believe in Auburn and love it. War Eagle. I got to check my ribs.
    9 points
  34. I hope this board is still around by then so I can call people numbnuts with impunity lol
    8 points
  35. When will AU fans learn ( and I was guilty of this last season. Shout out to @AUwent who even though he’s annoying af he had the beat on Harsin right away.) that head coaches show themselves to you right away on who they really are. You will know right away if a newly hired coach can hack it in the most cutthroat recruiting conference in all the land which is the sec. Bruce Freaking Pearl in his first full recruiting class got a top 16 class in the country. He signed 3 247 composite four stars. Horace spencer and purifoy were both composite top 65 players. O and Bryce brown also was in that class. Only the second most prolific shooter in sec history. He was a 3 star without any power 5 offers I believe. That’s a grand slam of a eval by the staff. That is one of the biggest sports miracles I’ve ever seen. Coming on the heels of us being the absolute worst power 5 program in the country under he who shall not be named. He was in a way worse situation than Harsin inherited and he eventually dug himself out of it. How!? By stacking good recruiting classes together. Imagine that. What a novel concept. The absolute number 1 most important thing for a new coach is recruiting. You can survive bad or mediocre seasons on the field when you first are hired. You cannot survive underwhelming recruiting classes. Because that just guarantees the on the field product will continue to be underwhelming. Saban and bowl cut both had below average seasons their first season. Meh. Who cares when they responded with a number 1 recruiting class and a top 3-5 one. I say all of that to beg the Auburn fans who are still holding on and clinging to anything they can find to support their belief that Harsin will “figure it out “. He won’t. You either got it or don’t as a recruiter. Don’t make the mistake that so many did under Gus of blindly following and believing in someone for 8 long years before you see what had been obvious to most of us since 2015 with Gus. Now I don’t think Harsin will get 4 years let alone 8 to be fair 😂😂. And for the people screaming to the rooftops that Harsin isn’t getting any help on the nil end of things? Well then that’s even more reason he’s got to go. They are never going to help him. So whats the point of him being our head coach? It is doing no one any good. Let the power brokers get their guy and for better or worse see how it shakes out. I doubt it can be any worse than this. It’s the only way recruiting and hopefully eventually the on field product will improve. /rant over
    8 points
  36. I feel the same way Devil, the State is loaded and we’re sitting here watching Penn State come down here taking top 20 talent?
    8 points
  37. I keep seeing that narrative from people in the know... I gotta say it sounds like a coping tool to me. We see players committing to dumpster fires without waiting to see their year. Harsin isn't the only coach on a warm-to-hot seat. There are some (Thurman, Russaw, Smith) that become more likely but most of these kids will commit before we get to the end of the season. Winning cures a lot but Auburn historically hasn't seen too much of a difference. After winning the National Championship and after going to the one in 2013 we really didn't see massive bumps. My fear is we're not playing the NIL game like our opponents and it's going to bite us in the ass. To answer your question, Akana/Walker/Owens are three I think we could see some traction with were we to win 7+
    8 points
  38. Not to start an argument, but other than Cristobal, not sure who we would have hired that had a resume ( a winning reputation with some skins on the wall ) who would attract talent. Considering every Auburn HC in our history - this guy is the most accomplished of every single hire we have ever made for football. And we made a run at Venables and Cristobal. Auburn is in transition right now ( a rebuild project ) and at least Harsin has a rep for developing talent. Let's see if he can build and develop a program. I am patiently hoping so. Honest question - you think we could hire a credible coach if we recycle Harsin after one or two seasons?
    8 points
  39. Omaha was so damn fun. Cannot recommend it enough to any sports fans but especially baseball. I hope to go back next year or the next even if Auburn doesn't make it. Omaha is a cool town. Capitol District and The Old Market were a lot of fun. M's was good restaurant and Mr. Toad was such a cool old British/Irish(?) pub. It's a shame we couldn't get the bats going last Saturday but the atmosphere was awesome. Wish more Auburn fans made the journey. It looked like Ole MIss out numbered us 3:1 but baseball is way bigger for them and I get it. Was telling my buddy that Auburn is ripe for being a top level baseball program. I know football is #1 and basketball has been hot but baseball could be our most consistent and best sport. I really hope we keep this up and become a powerhouse. It would be great to go to Omaha and win titles!
    8 points
  40. Hart had a great camp recently where his sub 4.4 40, length, and personality caught the coaches' attention. During his second visit, which is still ongoing as I type this, he was offered. Right after the offer was made public Auburn received a crystal ball prediction on 24/7. The young corner back mostly played linebacker this past season but his raw athleticism and upside made him worth offering. Auburn really "discovered" this young man thanks to the camp evaluations and was the first team to really see his potential. A ranking by the recruiting outlets is likely imminent. Hart attends the Loachapoka School in Auburn, AL and would be another hometown kid for the Tigers.
    8 points
  41. No offense, but this was a hell of a lot more than a “nice season.” Unless you’re just trying to be funny like Golf, which I don’t think. I really hate the mentality that every season is championship or “bridesmaid.” This year was incredible. And fun.
    8 points
  42. Here’s hoping that arky/ole miss go 20+ innings tonight in the longest game in college history!
    8 points
  43. Can we stop referring to Aaron Rodgers as A-Rod? Literally no one calls him that.
    8 points
  44. Hey guys...Beaver fan here....great game! Still would rather be you here. Anyhow....nice series.
    8 points
  45. AB Widra of Michigan has committed to Auburn. She’s a inf/p and should have 3 years of eligibility left. She’s originally from Hoover
    8 points
  46. Was going to go Seattle for the Red Sox this weekend but maybe Corvallis it is. Gotta represent. Hope we keep the hot hitting going!
    8 points
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