Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Auburn Tigers recruiting class.
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No pressure or anything, but head coach Gus Malzahn really, really needs QB Bo Nix to be all that and then some. There might be other options after Jarrett Stidham left early for the NFL, but Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood are relatively untested. Nix isn’t huge, but he’s the pro-style bomber who blew off Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and several other big names to be Malzahn’s guy. Either he’s it, or it means someone else lit it up this spring.
As always for Auburn, it came up with a dream class for most places, and it got enough talent to be fantastic for the next several years, but the haul of talent isn’t close to being Alabama’s. Whatever … Alabama is Alabama. Auburn got enough talent to eventually compete for the SEC title.
The class would’ve taken on a bigger, better look if WR George Pickens didn’t flip from Auburn to Georgia. If he stuck, this would’ve been a sure-thing top ten class among all the services. As is, it’ll be in the top 15.
Nix to Pickens would’ve been cause for a whole lot of excitement in the near future. Jasshawn Sheffield isn’t Pickens, but he’s not a bad wide receiver consolation prize.
RB Asa Martin was the big-time get in last year’s class. Now he’s a Miami Hurricane. That means a spot is there for either Mark-Antony Richards or DJ Williams to shine right away. Both are good enough to seen time from Day One.
After not going with a tight end last year, Malzahn needed a few of them. Luke Deal is bigger, but Tyler Fromm has a better upside. Tyler’s brother, Jake, wasn’t able to get him to Georgia.
The defense was hardly ignored. The linebackers were the best gets, starting with Owen Pappoe and Derick Hall. They both need to hit the weights, but they’ll be good ones. The defensive ends weren’t bad, either.
Last year’s class was a bit deeper, but this one might work a bit better thanks to the bulk bodies for that defensive front seven. However, next year, the offensive line has to be addressed after being ignored for two years.
Yeah, the Bo Nix Watch is on … but don’t be shocked if Malzahn lands a killer grad transfer quarterback for this year.