Slipping Between Our Paws

By J.M. Comer

While breaking down and looking over this week’s signing day haul, it’s hard to see the silver lining for Auburn. I tried to find positives, some way to spin it — but I’m having trouble. Auburn was knocked down by Alabama’s signing class. The Crimson Tide took over control of Alabama, burning Auburn five times (look for the little fires on the map) in head-to-head recruiting battles. Auburn won one battle against the Tide (look for the little blue-ish waving flag on the map).

In the battle over Alabama recruits, the Crimson Tide hauled in 19, while Auburn brought in a total of 10.

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Well we fired our guns but the Bammers kept a ‘comin… ‘cept in Enterprise! Weevil, Weevil, War Damn Eagle! View Larger and Really Cool Map!

But Auburn’s hope might lie in its haul from Florida. In fact, Auburn pulled 11 signees from the Sunshine State, one more than the home state total. The teams the Tigers beat out for some recruits spanned the spectrum from the impressive (LSU, Florida, Florida St., Miami, Wisconsin and West Virginia) to the not so great (Central Florida and Iowa St.).

The Crimson Tide lured 3 recruits from Florida beating out Miami, Auburn, Florida St., Clemson and West Virginia.

Auburn grabbed 3 recruits from Georgia, while the Crimson Tide nabbed 2.

But the University of Alabama had some impressive power grabs on the home turf of Texas A&M, Louisiana St., Tennessee and West Virginia.

My sources for information were rivals.com and al.com.

Other SEC schools

Mississippi St. wrangled 4 recruits this year, a repeat from 2007. Georgia and Florida both grabbed 2 players from the state; both were unsuccessful last year.

Arkansas, LSU and Kentucky were unsuccessful this year. LSU didn’t grab any recruits from Mobile? The Crimson Tide shut down LSU on two recruits out of the Mobile area this year. That great big sucking sound? That’s Tuscaloosa, I believe, sucking up the state’s talent.

Arkansas — No recruits from Alabama. (Burn any bridges there Patrino?)

Florida — 2 (Zero last year!)

Dee Finley, S, 6-2, 200, Auburn HS

William Green, DE, 6-4, 215, Spain Park HS

Georgia — 2 (Zero last year!)

Ben Jones, OL, 6-2, 306, Bibb Co. HS, Centreville

Jonathan Owens, OL, 6-4, 294, Susan Moore HS, Blountsville

LSU — No recruits from Alabama. There were 2 last year.

Kentucky — No recruits from Alabama; 1 last year.

Ole Miss — 1

Joshua Tatum, OL, 6-5, 315 Marbury HS

Mississippi St. — 4

Nick Bell, DL, 6-4, 230, Jess Lanier HS

Kendrick Cook, TE, 6-3, 230, Etowah HS

Bo Walters, LB, 6-1, 225, Briarwood Christian

Louis Watson, DB, 5-10, 165, St. Paul’s Episcopal HS

South Carolina — 1

Jarrett Burns, S, 6-3, 185, Lee HS, Huntsville

Tennessee — 2

Carson Anderson, OL, 6-3, 275, Florence HS

Wille Bohannon, DL, 6-3, 230, Blount HS, Mobile

Vanderbilt — 3

John Burrow, DE, 6-4, 222, Mortimer Jordan HS

Dexter Daniels, LB, 6-1, 210, Brantley HS

Seandre Richardson, DB, 6-2, 180, Linden HS

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