Auburn’s on-field success this season is already helping the Tigers on the recruiting trail.
Auburn has a 10-1 record following last week’s win over Georgia. That’s quite a jump for a team that won only three games last season, none in the SEC.
It shows what kind of impact coach Gus Malzahn was able to make just by returning to Auburn. And recruits have taken notice.
The Tigers received a commitment this week from cornerback Stephen Roberts from Opelika (Ala.) High School. Roberts, who previously committed to Alabama, wouldn’t have switched to Auburn if not for the Tigers’ improvement this season.
“I just had to wait and see how Auburn was going to do,” Roberts told AuburnUndercover.com. “They did pretty good, so that was what kind of made me change. They never gave up. They kept fighting like in the Georgia game; they could’ve lost that game. It shows the heart they have.”
Auburn showed defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey plenty during his visit last weekend. The Pearl River Community College standout switched his commitment from Miami to Auburn after his trip.
“They impressed me a lot — every part of them,” Stuckey told Auburn Undercover. “There wasn’t a part about Auburn I didn’t like. They’ve got cool coaches. They’re pretty straight forward with you and that’s what I like.”
Other prospects have taken notice. Linebacker Rashaan Evans from Auburn (Ala.) High School attended the Georgia game and admitted he got caught up in the excitement while he was with several Auburn commitments.
“Going to that game and having so much fun, the thought crossed my mind about committing,” he told AuburnSports.com. “It’s hard not to get wrapped up in it.”
It’s hard to not notice the immediate success Auburn is having under Malzahn. The Tigers’ 2014 class is ranked No. 12 in the nation with the additions of Roberts and Stuckey.
Auburn continues to recruit several highly-touted prospects, including Evans, wide receiver Travis Rudolph, defensive end Andrew Williams and junior college offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood.
Auburn hopes to continue its momentum on the recruiting trail. It shouldn’t be hard – prospects have caught on to what’s happening on the Plains.
“They’re doing an amazing job,” Evans said. “Coach Malzahn has changed the whole program around. In one year, everything’s changed.
“All the players are on board and they are getting their edge back. They have a chance. If they beat Alabama, they’re a contender for the BCS title. It’s crazy how they did it so fast. I was never expecting it.”
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