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  1. What a job this staff has done. First take a 50+ HS Recruiting class and change it to 18. This HS class also started us on the road to having an O-Line in the future including a JUCO OT who might be a starter as OT or OG. Going into Portal a plethora of needs. WR - Need 1 got one. LB - Need 1 got one. DT - need 2 got 2. OT - Need 2 got 2. RB - Need 1 got 1. TE - Need 1 got 1. Edge - Need 2 got 1 so far. If Powell can put on some weight and keep his quickness they might move him to Edge. IOL - Need 2 - Just got Center Flip from Illinois . - We really need to pull in Micah Mazzcua tomorrow when he announces. QB - Need 1 - None so far. To be honest this is beyond my highest expectations and it might not be done. Between HS and Portal so far we have picked up 31 players. Above when I said how many we need at each position that doesn't mean that is the limit of our needs but is what I think we need to be competitive in every game. As I mentioned we still have needs but this staff definitely deserves Kudos.
    26 points
  2. Anything related to scoring is always vital when it comes to analyzing statistical data. Here is a note on scoring possessions when it comes to offense. During the 2010 season, Auburn ranked No. 6 nationally when it came to scoring possessions. The Tigers were ranked No. 14 during the 2013 season and No. 18 during 2014. The last time Auburn won the SEC-West, they were 26th nationally in scoring on 42 percent of their offensive possessions. There has been a gradual decline during the last five seasons under two different head coaches and four different offensive coordinators. 2018: 47th 2019: 53rd 2020: 55th 2021: 66th 2022: 93rd During the 2011 season, Hugh Freeze improved the Arkansas State offense from 54th to 35th. He improved Ole Miss from 115th in 2011 to 67th in 2012. He improved Liberty from 81st in 2018 to 32nd in 2019. His best offense in this category was 17th at Ole Miss during 2015 and 9th at Liberty during the 2020 season. Five of his ten teams at the FBS level finished 35th or better. From 2009-2022, teams that finished in the top-25 in scoring possessions won 75 percent of their games. The average percentage during this period is scoring on 37 percent of the possessions. The statistical goal is scoring on at least 33 percent with an average of 12-13 possessions per game. From 2000-2022, Auburn is 153-25 (86 percent) when scoring on at least 33 percent of their possessions.
    23 points
  3. Avery Jones - started all games at ECU playing Center and can flex to RT as well Brian Battie - USF RB with lots of speed but not much size. We will see how he is used. Nick Mardner - 6'6" WR from Cincinnati Lawrence Johnson - DL from Purdue DeMario Tolan - LB from LSU that Auburn almost landed out of high school Marshal Nasili-Kite - DL from Maryland Gunner Britton - OT from WKU starting potential Dillon Wade - OT from Tulsa starting potential Rivaldo Fairweather - TE from FIU and a player we're very excited about Elijah McAlister - Edge from Vandy that we're hoping to get Eku Leota type production from with limited eligibility left. We also managed to get Zykeivous Walker (DL), Tar'Varish Dawson (WR), and Landen King (TE) to withdraw from the portal. More to come but I'm pleased with the process so far. QB is the big question mark but the staff isn't panicking and being selective on who they really want. It's hard to determine how it will pan out but I don't currently see a clear cut name.
    21 points
  4. Here is a statistical snapshot of the improvement Hugh Freeze made during year #1 at Arkansas State, Ole Miss and Liberty. It is a snapshot of the team's national rankings the year before Freeze arrived and the impact he and his staff made during his first season on the job. Rankings shaded in green noted a top-25 finish. The difference column shaded in green, notes an improvement of at least 40 spots. The average improvement at Arkansas State was 26.4. Freeze and Ole Miss had an improvement of 32.5 and Liberty was an improvement by an average of 15.9. Of the 69 categories combined, his teams improved 77 percent of the categories. There is a very high probability, Auburn will show a major improvement in 2023 but the key will be sustaining that level of success.
    19 points
  5. Not so sure I would put Gus in the same stratosphere as Richt either.
    19 points
  6. Ist one that popped in my head is a basketballer...
    19 points
  7. Thornton is the OL coach. This was Jeremy Garrett the DL coach work. Ya know one of them liberty coaches you questioned….
    19 points
  8. At a minimum it’s nice to be able to have an optimistic outlook on the program again. Been in a rut far too long.
    17 points
  9. Over 200 showed up today. Last year...17
    17 points
  10. Can we take all the Prime crap to the rivals board, please.
    17 points
  11. In his announcement, Wiltfong made a statement about Walker telling him earlier this week that he knew he wanted to play at AU when he stood in Jordan Hare at night on his visit. So from that it doesn’t sound like this was some last minute flip….White could have been Auburn’s all along. So let’s not discount this staff’s efforts working with him, and the appeal of what Auburn offers and just say “we paid him more”. This family doesn’t strike me as the type heavily influenced by money. They are pretty well off from what I can tell. This is his mom:
    16 points
  12. I think I’ll shut up about QB recruiting abilities!
    16 points
  13. We are jaded (rightfully) by the last several years in recruiting. As with most things, the pendulum over time swings back in the other direction. That is happening now. The 8th grade QB that won the Alabama 7A Championship while throwing 5 TD's said he hopes he gets to be coached by Coach Freeze and coach Montgomery. Another 4 star QB from Georgia said he hoped that CHF could do for him what he did for Malik. Another 4 star referred to CHF as "having this vibe." Others are saying things like "Auburn is just different." "This place is electric." When we hired him, I had some concern that Freeze's past would hurt him. I was comforted by a friend who is heavily involved in Ole Miss football who said it was a home run hire. It is now clear that CHF clearly relates to the kids we are recruiting. The QB White from Arky has spoken about his love of the redemption story. A wounded Tiger is a very, very dangerous predator. I believe we have a HC that is a wounded Tiger that will spend every hour of his life uplifting our kids and our program. However it ends up, it is fun to watch again. WDE.
    16 points
  14. You know the drill by now. I'm going to take a deep dive into the additions, departures, and remaining needs for the 2023-24 Auburn Football Roster. A lot of this is my opinion and strictly based on observations and a few years of really tracking these decisions and movements. Please let me know if I leave a player off; there are always a few that slip through. Quarterback Robby Ashford (RS-SO) Holden Geriner (RS-FR) Hank Brown (FR) - 2023 signee Sawyer Pate - Walk On - JR TJ Finley - transferring after he graduates in the Spring Zach Calzada - transferred to Incarnate Word... lol ***Auburn is looking to add 1-2 more QBs after the Spring*** Running Back Jarquez Hunter (JR) Brian Battie - transfer from USF Damari Alston (SO) Sean Jackson (RS-SO) Jeremiah Cobb (FR) Justin Jones - Walk On - SR Luke Reebals - Walk On - RS FR Tank Bigsby - entered the NFL Draft early Jordon Ingram - entered the transfer portal *Auburn is happy with its current RB room and won't add anymore* Wide Receiver Ja'Varrius Johnson (SR) Malcolm Johnson Jr. (SR) Nick Mardner - transferred from Cincinnati Koy Moore (JR) Landen King (RS SO) Tar'Varish Dawson (RS SO) Jay Fair (SO) Camden Brown (SO) Omari Kelly (SO) Daquayvious Sorey (FR) Trent Mason - Walk On - SR Jackson Billings - Walk On - JR Jake Kruse - Walk On - RS SO Colby Stafford - Walk On - SO Whit Johnson - Walk On - SO Ze'Vian Capers - transferred to WKU Dazalin Worsham - entered the transfer portal *Auburn would like to add one to two more receivers in the portal after the Spring. Realistically I expect one unless a big name pops in and we're able to land them* Tight End Luke Deal (RS SR) Tyler Fromm (RS SR) Brandon Frazier (SR) Rivaldo Fairweather (JR) - transfer from FIU Micah Riley-Ducker (RS FR) Camden Etheridge - Walk On - RS FR John Samuel Shenker - out of eligibility *Auburn seems content with this room. I think with three seniors there is a chance we could add one more if the right name was available* Offensive Line Kameron Stutts (SR COVID YR) Avery Jones (SR) - transferred from ECU Gunner Britton (SR) - transferred from WKU Tate Johnson (RS JR) Jeremiah Wright (RS JR) Avery Jernigan (RS JR) Dillon Wade (SO) transferred from Tulsa Colby Smith (RS SO) Garner Langlo (RS SO) EJ Harris (RS FR) Izavion Miller - JR - JUCO Signee Connor Lew (FR) Bradyn Joiner (FR) Clay Wedin (FR) Tyler Johnson (FR) Evan Richards - Walk On - RS FR Cort Bradley - Walk On - RS SO Thomas Kirkham - Walk On - RS SO *Auburn would like to add 1-2 more guards and 1 more tackle depending on how Dillon Wade translates* Defensive Line Marcus Harris (SR) Elijah McAlister (SR) - Transferred from Vandy Lawrence Johnson (SR) - Transferred from Purdue Justin Rogers (JR) - Transferred from Kentucky Jeffrey M'ba (JR) Jayson Jones (JR) Zykevious Walker (JR) Dylan Brooks (RS SO) Tobechi Okoli (RS SO) Enyce Sledge (RS FR) Quientrail Travis - JUCO Signee Keldric Faulk (FR) Darron Reed (FR) Brenton Williams (FR) Wilky Denaud (FR) Stephen Johnson (FR) Marquis Robinson - has entered the portal again... Colby Wooden - entered the NFL Draft Derick Hall - entered the NFL Draft *Auburn would like to add 1 DL if there is a potential starter level player in the portal* Linebacker Cam Riley (SR) Wesley Steiner (SR) Eugene Asante (SR) Desmond Tisdol (SR) Kameron Brown (SR) Austin Keys (JR) - transferred from Ole Miss Demario Tolan (SO) - transferred from LSU Robert Woodyard Jr. (SO) Powell Gordon (RS FR) Jake Levant (JR) Terrance Love (FR) Jonathan LeGrand - Walk On - SR Joko Willis entered the transfer portal *Auburn would like to add one more LB after the Spring* Defensive Backs DJ James (SR) Nehemiah Pritchett (SR) Jaylin Simpson (SR) Keionte Scott (JR) JD Rhym (SO) Austin Ausberry (RS FR) Kayin Lee (FR) Jacorious Hart (FR) Colton Hood (FR) Tyler Scott (FR) Tony Hunley Jr. - Walk On - SR Mac McClinton - Walk On - RS FR If I'm Auburn I feel like I have improved at the following positions: RB - losing Tank is hard but I have to think the average has increased with Battie and Cobb joining the room. Those are two legitimate backs replacing one departure. TE - this could be considered a "hot take" but I think we improved with the addition of Fairweather and the loss of our security blanket. I have felt for a while that Deal, Fromm, Frazier, and Ducker could contribute but JSS has absolutely monopolized the targets. OL - we have quite frankly sucked here for some time. Adding eight bodies to the room (most of which with multiple years of eligibility) is undeniably a win. Jones, Britton, and Wade are all likely starters with Wright as well. Auburn just needs a 5th and 6th man to step up to see a vast improvement here. DB - really didn't lose anyone and added four athletic freshmen for depth. Still expect to see a solid post-Spring addition. Positions where we stayed mostly the same: WR - didn't really lose a major contributor but didn't really add any. Sorey is athletic but has been playing horrendous competition in high school. Mardner is a solid addition but we shall see how it works out. QB - we definitely lost depth but ultimately Robby proved to be our best option out of the three. Hank Brown and Holden Geriner have upside but no proof of concept. We desparately need a starter from the portal after the Spring. Positions where we got worse: DL - Derrick Hall and Colby Wooden are going to be incredibly hard to replace. We have bodies but a lot of guys that haven't met their potential yet. LB - we were blessed with OP and McClain now we're sort of left out in the cold. I don't like most of our options here. Tolan is unproven while Keys can provide at least some leadership there. I think the staff has done a great job filling out a terribly managed roster. Still, there are a lot of guys coming in with talent but not necessarily results that you can point to for the future. What they can manage to do in a short amount of time will be interesting. The news for any more additions will likely be slow until after the Spring game. It's time for me to do my homework on the 2024 class.
    16 points
  15. Auburn lands former Ole Miss LB Austin Keys 4 minutes ago Shortly after adding former LSU linebacker DeMario Tolan, Auburn has added former Ole Miss linebacker Austin Keys. The addition of Keys comes shortly after entering the transfer portal on Jan. 6 and during his official visit to the Plains. Redshirting at Ole Miss during the 202o season, Keys was a special teams guy for the Rebels during the Covid season. In 2021 Keys started to earn his stripes, playing in six games and tallying 12 tackles before an injury cut his season short. The 2022 season was where Keys really found his footing, appearing in 12 games and finishing the season with 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Keys arrives at Auburn with two years of eligibility remaining — so another young addition to Josh Aldridge's linebacker room. Auburn's addition of Tolan comes as more of a versatile linebacker, able to potentially play outside at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds. Keys, on the other hand, is much bigger at 6-foot-2, 245 and projects as more of a true middle linebacker. 2COMMENTS After Owen Pappoe departed for the NFL, linebacker became a major position of need, especially with no high school recruits signing with Auburn. Cam Riley, Wesley Steiner and Desmond Tisdol all return as somewhat experienced veterans — but all three are still unproven. Robert Woodyard also returns after getting some run in 2022, but again, Woodyard is relatively unproven. Hugh Freeze and Aldridge have now addressed that need in the portal.
    16 points
  16. The fact that this occurred without the field success just yet is amazing . Freeze is built for Auburn and Auburn is built for Freeze
    15 points
  17. Not that it matters any, but I'll say AU
    15 points
  18. If we fire our coach every other year for the next decade, and every coach has the exact same 1000% harder workouts, can y'all imagine the shape our players will be in around 2035? Talk about exponential
    15 points
  19. This class is gonna be the program defining foundation for championship runs
    14 points
  20. This has been the most exciting recruiting “season” we have had in a long time. Can’t remember the last time I cared this much about recruiting. This is fun again.
    14 points
  21. Yep, 22 commits in 45 days since Freeze was hired- a commit every other day. Turned out the transfer portal is fun if you have coaches who can recruit.
    14 points
  22. Former LSU LB DeMario Tolan signs with Auburn 6 minutes ago A year after the old Auburn staff missed out on DeMario Tolan, Hugh Freeze and the new Auburn staff have landed him out of the transfer portal. Tolan, who was the No. 204 overall recruit in the Class of 2022, entered the transfer portal on Jan. 4. He quickly found himself on Auburn's campus for a visit on Jan. 5 and that was enough for him to land at Auburn this time. "Just a great fit for me," Tolan said. "It’s because it’s a great fit for me." During Tolan's freshman year at LSU, the linebacker totaled nine tackles. He now transfers to an Auburn roster in desperate need of help at linebacker after Owen Pappoe's departure. Tolan will have an opportunity to compete for immediate playing time. This marks the first big win for new Auburn linebackers coach Josh Aldridge. "Just a great coach," Tolan said. "I feel like they’re going to be a perfect fit for me." The Orlando, Florida, native is listed by LSU at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds. Tolan appeared in 12 games for LSU during his freshman season and will have three years of eligibility remaining at Auburn. Mizzou and Colorado were also involved, but Tolan opts to stay in the SEC West. 6COMMENTS "It was just the big schools, the SEC schools that I really want to play for and just wanting to be myself at a big program still," Tolan said. "I don’t want to be held down and I just want to be great and be myself." Auburn Undercover will continue to update this story.
    14 points
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  24. Interesting insights from White about why he chose Auburn. White, 6-3, 215 pounds, narrowed his list of scholarship offers to Auburn, Clemson and Baylor before picking the the SEC West school in large part because of Tigers coach Hugh Freeze. “Well, first, I think because Auburn chose me,” White said. “One thing I have learned is this is a two-way street. The entire staff there recruited me. Coach Freeze needs to get some sleep at some point. My gosh, he is so competitive. Auburn is a beautiful place with great football tradition. “My coach at Little Rock Christian had heard if Freeze became the coach at Auburn that I would be the guy he wanted. And sure enough I was the first 2024 he offered. When I took my visit, the entire football staff was out front to greet me. I knew from the second I showed up at Auburn that I was their priority recruit. Then when I stepped on the field at Jordan-Hare (Stadium), I felt something special and knew in my heart, ‘This place is it.’”
    13 points
  25. “You know, in our time at Ole Miss whenever we came here I always looked at this place as a sleeping giant,” Aigamaua said. https://247sports.com/college/auburn/Article/Auburn-football-Hugh-Freeze-204148146/Amp/
    12 points
  26. Been a minute since we went toe to toe with Dabo & Co and beat them for a big time recruit, especially QB.
    12 points
  27. Yeah, Richt had NINE double digit win seasons at UGA in fifteen years. From Years 2 through 7, he failed to win 10+ games only once. Gus is not on that level. He was fading when they decided to pull the plug, but he posted three SEC CG appearances and two SEC titles in his first five years. If there had been a four-team playoff, UGA would've made it in 2002 and again in 2007 (where they might've won the whole thing as a four seed... no one was hotter). He would've made it again in 2012. They were third after losing to Bama.
    12 points
  28. LS - Keaton McNutt 2024 from East Coweta, GA will visit AU this weekend. He is #1 LS in Georgia and is 4.5 star prospect in kicking world. Would be a great pickup for a little talked about but important position.
    12 points
  29. Faulk has been moved up to a 5 ⭐️ on Rivaks✝️✝️✝️
    12 points
  30. The claim was made, more than once, here on this board that five former 5* players had committed to go wherever Sanders was hired. I asked for names but of course none were made available. Sadly they said, AU would simply miss out on the greatest recruiter ever in history if we didn't hire Sanders. What he's remarking on is that all that stuff wasn't true, as anybody with a lick of sense knew from the start.
    12 points
  31. NO THANKS 😊 I would rather forget it.
    12 points
  32. This is why BHF was at the top of my list. I remember when he was reeling in big fish to Ole Miss. I don't care if he used hookers or not, bringing talent like he did to Ole Miss is a remarkable achievement regardless. Not like every school didn't do their share of dirty. Also, as @DAG said, finding elite young coaches and hidden gems is one of, if not, his best skills as a coach. Strap in fans....its only going to get better from here! Going to be a fun ride.
    12 points
  33. I know several people that were there. Said it was impressive.
    11 points
  34. Our defense under Kevin Steele is the best we’ve had since the Tuberville days. I’d take him back as DC in a heartbeat.
    11 points
  35. He went 145-51 at Georgia. Would've probably been in the Playoff a couple times had that been around. I think Auburn and about 125 other programs would love a Mark Richt like coach. I totally forgot they fired Richt after going 9-3 lol it was time but still that was one helluva gamble. Could have totally backfired.
    11 points
  36. To follow on to what bird said: Last year, Auburn tried to put together its first Junior Day weekend. It was a hastily thrown together effort that was supposed to happen the weekend of the Auburn-Kentucky basketball game so we could take prospects to it and let them see the atmosphere of a big Auburn sporting event. They couldn't get any prospects to come (partly due to who was inviting them and partly due to it not being planned months in advance like it should have been). So it was bumped to the following weekend when there was no b'ball home game. We had around 13 or so prospects show up (I've heard numbers ranging from 13 to 20 - piss poor regardless). This past weekend we had the same event - and hosted around 200 prospects. It was an all out effort by this coaching staff that has earned rave reviews by the kids who came. The only slight downside was something out of our control - Cadillac came down ill (I think he might have had COVID) and couldn't be at the event. But Freeze and the rest of the staff picked up the slack. Bryan Matthews on Rivals today said it best. Even though we'd have lost in a court of law, Harsin didn't deserve one flat dime of that $15M buyout. His efforts in recruiting alone were a dereliction of duty. Even factoring in that he came in under bad circumstances or that certain folks never gave him a chance - his recruiting efforts bordered on criminal. It's one thing to go all out and just not have success. It's entirely another to just be lazy, arrogant and stupid.
    11 points
  37. Well in fairness Harsin was planning the big recruiting trip to Mexico about this time last year...Priorities and all
    11 points
  38. Austin Keys has committed! My lord the cupboard is almost full on the defensive side of the ball.
    11 points
  39. Those are tough! I still miss dogs that passed 30 years ago, and several more in between then and now. My sister says that one of God's big mistakes was having us live longer than our dogs. I think that God probably just likes dogs better than humans so they get to go first.
    11 points
  40. If we depend on Finley next year, we are in deep doodoo.
    11 points
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