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How solid are the commits? Luke Deal gives his take

By Keith Niebuhr
 

Auburn tight end commit Luke Deal of Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald attended last Saturday’s Auburn-Tennessee game at Jordan-Hare Stadium and while the Tigers didn’t come out on top Deal said he and the other commits had another good bonding afternoon.

Before the game, he was spotted chatting with the likes of Bo Nix, Owen Pappoe and Colby Wooden. Additionally, Deal and his family spent time with Auburn tight ends coach Larry Porter, who was instrumental in his recruitment. Late in the game, Deal paced behind the south endzone like a nervous fan as the Tigers tried to rally against the Vols. While on campus, Deal also did a little recruiting -- something he also does when he's back home.

How solid is Deal, the No. 12 tight end nationally in the 247Sports rankings, to the Tigers, what is the general vibe like right now with the Auburn commits and what can he provide to the team when he arrives in 2019? 

Here’s a quick Q&A with Deal, who committed to Auburn back in May and already has attended multiple Tigers games this season:

 

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For levity purposes:  Looks like Patrick Nix is going to be our new OC.  Congrats Patrick.

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That's how most recruits will think... that they will be the one to make the difference.   We may lose one or 2 recruits but a mass exodus won't happen.  It's still a very high honor to play for AU 

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I appreciate Bo Nix's plans and attitude to come and fix the program, but Gus ain't gonna let a true freshman start.  Maybe he should, but he hasn't given Cord Sandberg a chance yet and he should have against Tenn - couldn't have done worse than Stidham.

And for the levity of it all, right now I would take Patrick Nix as the OC next year with his son Bo coming in as the QB.  They have been a successful team at high school, give them a shot in college...

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10 minutes ago, GBAU83 said:

I appreciate Bo Nix's plans and attitude to come and fix the program, but Gus ain't gonna let a true freshman start.  Maybe he should, but he hasn't given Cord Sandberg a chance yet and he should have against Tenn - couldn't have done worse than Stidham.

And for the levity of it all, right now I would take Patrick Nix as the OC next year with his son Bo coming in as the QB.  They have been a successful team at high school, give them a shot in college...

Cord also hasn’t played football in a very long time so I don’t know if you can base it off that

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Good. We need some more Sammy Coates type guys around that see the problems and want to stand up to fix them.

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17 minutes ago, GBAU83 said:

Maybe he should, but he hasn't given Cord Sandberg a chance yet and he should have against Tenn - couldn't have done worse than Stidham

He had three TO’s but he did fairly well other than that. There were multiple throw aways and drops by Sal and Slayton alone. Could’ve easily had over 360 yards passing and 3 TDs.

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34 minutes ago, abw0004 said:

The Class of 2019 for Auburn football has a group text where they talk daily. It’s a way for them to get to know one another, become friends, and in some cases, to add prospects on the fence and convince them to officially join.

Well almost everyone in the group text was watching on Saturday when Auburn was stunned at home, 30-24, by a Tennessee program that hadn’t won an SEC game since 2016.

The prevailing conversation on Saturday was that this 2019 group could be the antidote to a snake-bitten football program.

“We’re ready to get there and change the program around,” four-star WR commit Jashawn Sheffield told AL.com after the game.

Sheffield, from Frederica Academy in Georgia, also relayed the message of the nation’s top dual-threat QB prospect, Bo Nix.

“Bo just said, and it was really funny how he did it too, he was like, ‘I know this sounds kind of corny but I’m ready to get to Auburn and change things around,’" Sheffield recalled. “I was like, ‘Me too bro.’” 

“Bo Nix, he’s just a really good talker,” said current Sheffield teammate and fellow Auburn commit Jaylin Simpson. “He really does most of the talking.” 

Sheffield said the conversation was mostly between him, Nix, Simpson, DE commit Colby Wooden, and the nation’s top OLB prospect Owen Pappoe. 

“We interact pretty much daily, we talk all the time about where the program’s headed, what they’re doing, how they’re looking, ways we can improve when we get there,” said Wooden, after attending Saturday’s game.

Wooden added: "They’re just ready to get there and impact [Auburn] in a special way, do their job, and make the program special. 

Whenever someone in the group text starts talking about another college, Sheffield said the rest try to pump them up, saying things like “War Eagle.” Specifically, they’re trying to bring in top RB recruit Noah Cain, who also was at Saturday’s game.

When asked if the atmosphere in the group text remained positive, Sheffield was clear: “Yes sir. That’s how I feel about Auburn, just in general.”

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Hopefully most of this recruting class will honor their commitments. I would love to see Patrick Nix as the next OC. I think the only way that Pat makes that move is if he has absolute assurity from someone over Gustavo (AD Green?) guranteeing  that Gustavo stays out of his way and lets him run his offense.

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7 hours ago, Sully to Beasley said:

Hopefully most of this recruting class will honor their commitments. I would love to see Patrick Nix as the next OC. I think the only way that Pat makes that move is if he has absolute assurity from someone over Gustavo (AD Green?) guranteeing  that Gustavo stays out of his way and lets him run his offense.

No. Patrick Nix is a HS coach. We already have an ex HS coach as our HC, and a OC who was trained some by our HC. 

What does Nix bring other than an Auburn pedigree with him? Geez, he is running an offense against HS teams, not SEC or P5 teams? 

This option will never happen. 

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Isnt Patrick Nix at one of the most talented HS squads in the entire nation? Can someone feed me a real reason other than being an Auburn man why he'd be a worthy OC candidate??/ I could dominate in AL at Hoover

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11 hours ago, Dual-Threat Rigby said:

Isnt Patrick Nix at one of the most talented HS squads in the entire nation? Can someone feed me a real reason other than being an Auburn man why he'd be a worthy OC candidate??/ I could dominate in AL at Hoover

He’s not at Hoover. Also don’t think he should be our OC though

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11 hours ago, Dual-Threat Rigby said:

Isnt Patrick Nix at one of the most talented HS squads in the entire nation? Can someone feed me a real reason other than being an Auburn man why he'd be a worthy OC candidate??/ I could dominate in AL at Hoover

Not saying he would be a great fit as OUR OC but he was a very successful OC at Ga Tech for several years including when they played in the ACC title game. He recruited & coached a leading ACC rusher, a leading ACC WR, and did a decent overall recruiting job as their recruiting coordinator. Of course we are talking ACC which IMO is historically like the big 10 with generally better academics.

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16 hours ago, fredst said:

He’s not at Hoover. Also don’t think he should be our OC though

pinson valley, my b. changes my point dramatically but I still dont know what basis he'd have towards being our guy 

 

15 hours ago, aucanucktiger said:

Not saying he would be a great fit as OUR OC but he was a very successful OC at Ga Tech for several years including when they played in the ACC title game. He recruited & coached a leading ACC rusher, a leading ACC WR, and did a decent overall recruiting job as their recruiting coordinator. Of course we are talking ACC which IMO is historically like the big 10 with generally better academics.

I see what you're saying but we got and have had good recruiting OCs here before. The problem now vs then is that Gus could be depended on to run his offense and that OC could just be an excellent recruiter and nothing else. Being an OC for a Paul Johnson system is more of a patsy title than even being our OC, there's no masquerade there about how little playcalling/systematic duties you have over there 

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On 10/14/2018 at 7:36 PM, Dual-Threat Rigby said:

Isnt Patrick Nix at one of the most talented HS squads in the entire nation? Can someone feed me a real reason other than being an Auburn man why he'd be a worthy OC candidate??/ I could dominate in AL at Hoover

I'm really not sure any offensive coordinator  could come in and be effective at calling plays with Gus overseeing what's allowed and what's not.

I think Chip is a much better coordinator than he is showing. As far as developing a QB, well i can't say that he has impressed me yet. 

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Lol Pat Nix was not a good OC. His days at Miami were bad

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Added a similar article & updated thread title.

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On 10/16/2018 at 4:13 PM, auburn4ever said:

Maybe we should sign some 5* juco players that could play right away. 5* OL, WR's and RB's.

2 problems with that 1. Not many 5* jucos exist. 2. There's a high miss rate on the ones that do exist.

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I'm a little concerned that we don't hear many of these saying they are talking to GP. We really need Bo and Papp in his ear.

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On 10/14/2018 at 6:40 PM, steeleagle said:

No. Patrick Nix is a HS coach. We already have an ex HS coach as our HC, and a OC who was trained some by our HC. 

What does Nix bring other than an Auburn pedigree with him? Geez, he is running an offense against HS teams, not SEC or P5 teams? 

This option will never happen. 

Pat Nix was the OC for Miami a few years ago. I think it was a mixed result. So he does have P5 experience as an OC. But I think there is an issue with a HS coach getting hired by school that recruited and signed a player from that same school. Or something like that.

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So Pat Nix was OC at Miami & GT, and he was able to catapult himself and his career to the HC at the high school level and people want him for OC at Auburn (P5) in the toughest division of the strongest conference in all of college football?

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35 minutes ago, 80Tiger said:

Pat Nix was the OC for Miami a few years ago. I think it was a mixed result. So he does have P5 experience as an OC. But I think there is an issue with a HS coach getting hired by school that recruited and signed a player from that same school. Or something like that.

The issue around that is that if we were to hire him he has to be an 'on the field' coach.  So you can't hire him in as an analyst or something like that.

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I hate having to explain a “meant for levity” post but, this Pat Nix OC is getting out of hand.  

The levity was that since Bo Nix gave his commitment a vote of confidence it obviously meant Pat Nix was going to be our OC, just like Malzahn got into the business at Arky.

My fault, I should have explained it better.

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4 hours ago, bg5 said:

I'm a little concerned that we don't hear many of these saying they are talking to GP. We really need Bo and Papp in his ear.

I would be very worried about Pickens.  Word on the street around Hoover is that bammer and LSU have his ear and he is listening.  They are negative recruiting our passing attack and we are giving them all the ammo they need. But with things where they are, everything is up in the air.  If we have a new coach, how will that coach and staff be perceived by the recruits. If we keep Gus and Chip, I think it will be tough recruiting WRs and QBs.  Long way until Feb.

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