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.
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