A gem of a prospect, Jordan Diamond, decided to hold off signing a national letter of intent until Friday.
There, the 6'6", 289-pound 4-star offensive tackle prospect will choose between Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin. He did make some news recently by eliminating Urban Meyer and Ohio State from contention.
There is little doubt Diamond, the 94th-ranked overall player in the ESPNU 150, could make an impact at any of the schools on his list. Here are five reasons why Auburn would be a good landing place for the big guy.
1. Two of the Tigers' top four offensive tackles from opening day in 2011, including starting LT Brandon Mosley, have graduated.
That means, potentially, there are jobs available.
2. Auburn is a winner.
None of the other programs on his list aside from the Tigers have won a national championship since before Diamond was in Kindergarten. And the memory of that Cameron Newton-led title is still fresh.
3. If he signs with Auburn, the Tigers will have the country's top haul at offensive line.
Coach Gene Chizik received faxes from 4-star OT Avery Young and 4-star OT Patrick Miller (in a side note, both players are from different schools in Florida's Palm Beach County recruiting hotbed) in addition to 4-star OT Shane Callahan and 3-star OTs Will Adams and Robert Leff.
Obviously, quite a few of those signees are going to slide inside because you can't play more than two tackles at once.
4. The Auburn fanbase is among the nation's rowdiest.
There is an excitement in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturdays in the fall that most schools just can't match. And everyone wants to play in front of passionate supporters.
5. The NFL.
At the start of the 2011 season, there were 26 former Auburn Tigers on NFL rosters, including Newton, likely the league's offensive rookie of the year.
The endgame is the NFL, and Auburn can help him live that dream.