Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers are having a horrible year on the field, but a lot of that can be washed away and dismissed if they come away with the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2013.
While success on the field doesn't seem like a realistic possibility this year, Auburn definitely has a chance at coming away with a huge recruiting year. They even have a shot at the No. 1 recruiting class.
Adding a few more elite recruits to the 2013 class could easily propel Auburn up the team rankings, and if they land these three players, they will finish at the top:
Montravius Adams, 5-star DT, Vienna (GA):
Adams is arguably the best defensive recruit in the county, and 247Sports has Auburn listed as one of the leaders on his interest list, along with the Clemson Tigers. Adams is also extremely high on 247Sports' overall rankings at No. 2, so getting a commitment from him would be a rather obvious recruiting boost for Chizik's class.
Chizik doesn't have a good record to stand on when it comes to out recruiting Clemson, but he can offer Adams the chance to play in the SEC over the ACC, and the opportunity to become part of a tremendous defensive front seven by teaming up with Foster, Lawson and Liner.
If Auburn can get a commitment from Adams, they will have the best, young defensive front seven in college football. That's a huge selling point for the Tigers.
Derrick Green, 5-star RB, Richmond (VA):
Derrick Green is considered to be the nation's best running back by Rivals.com and he's an incredible talent. He has great size at 6'0'', 220 pounds and he runs an extremely fast 4.4 40 according to Rivals. His combination of size and speed give him the potential to be an elite back at the college level, so getting his commitment would be a massive win for Auburn.
According to 247Sports, the Tigers are on his leader board and he has a visit coming up scheduled for November 9th. The only snag here is that Auburn is joined by the likes of Michigan, Oregon and Tennessee on his interest list, so they are going to have a lot of competition.
If Chizik and the Tigers can reel him in though, they'll be well on their way to the No.1 overall class.
Vonn Bell, 5-star S, Rossville (GA):
Bell is somewhat the outlier on this list considering that 247Sports has Auburn listed as just a "cool" interest, while Ohio State and Tennessee are on top with "warmer" and Alabama right behind them as "warm".
That said, they are in the running none the less, and they have a lot that they can offer Bell from a defensive point of view.
As I said, Auburn's defensive front four has players that can be great, and a ball hawk, athletic safety like Bell will only benefit from having strong play in front of him.
Bell may not be thinking about Auburn as much right now, but they are a great option. I expect his interest will peak if the Tigers can bring in Green, and especially Adams.
When all is said and done, if Chizik and the Tigers can bring in these three recruits, they will finish with the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2013.