2017 Auburn Tigers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Auburn Tigers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
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Auburn Tigers Recruiting Class Overview
After a few amazing recruiting classes, this one is right up there. It’s not quite as star-studded as some of the other key SEC teams, but it’s not all that far off in terms of generating a good base to get excited about.
The offensive linemen coming in are terrific – even if it’s not a class loaded with options – led by a mountain of an offensive tackle in Calvin Ashley. There aren’t a ton of skill stars coming in for the attack, but Devan Barrett is a dangerous back, and Noah Igbinoghene is a potentially special wideout – if he stays on the offensive side. Throw in tight end Sal Cannella, and there’s a lot to get excited about. However, if any one of the key offensive prospects doesn’t rock, there’s a problem.
The secondary should be the strength of the defensive side depending on where all the versatile talents end up playing. The Tigers have a slew of tweeners who could work at running back, receiver or defensive back – it’s all good no matter where they go. The D line was all but ignored, but K.J. Britt and Tadarian Moultry are solid linebackers for a few years from now.
The Auburn Tigers Class Is Heavy On …
Offensive linemen. Again, it’s not necessarily a deep group, but it’s a really, really good one. Ashley is the best of the crew, but Austin Troxell is a 6-7 blocker who can move. Very long and with a great frame, he’s going to be impossible to build around. Nick Brahms needs to put on a few pounds, but he’s eventually a left guard who can run. If there are two eventual starters from this class, consider it a massive success. However, the Tigers need their superstar to be …
The Star of the Auburn Tigers Class Is …
OT Calvin Ashley, 6-6, 310, Washington DC – He could’ve been anyone’s potential starting left tackle with NFL franchise upside – he was in the high rent district of schools recruiting him. He’s got the prototype size and frame, and the feet to keep up with just about any speed rusher. Considering his athleticism and skills, he’s perfect for the Auburn attack. He’s perfect for anyone’s attack.
The Auburn Tigers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
On the defensive line. The Auburn pass rush was okay at best, and now it loses Carl Lawson and his nine sacks on one side, and it’ll be without Montravius Adams from the defensive interior. In all, 14.5 of the 25 sacks from last season have to be replaced, and Lawson and Adams – the team’s top two players at getting into the backfield – take with them their 22 tackles for loss.