There are many ripple effects that come along with coaching changes. The Auburn football program and its supporters have felt those ripple effects for the two weeks that Gus Malzahn has been the Tigers’ head football coach.
Some of those effects are good and some are bad. On the good side, you have a complete culture change with new faces; two things that were badly needed. With that comes a new sense of optimism for the upcoming year.
On the bad side, you have coaching staff uncertainty and attrition on the football team and in the upcoming recruiting class.
Auburn has dealt with the latter of those negative consequences in recent days. There have been seven defections from the 2013 recruiting class that was ranked as high as No. 10 during the 2012 season. Reuben Foster, Trey Johnson, Jahmere Irvin-Sills, Jarrad Davis, JaQuay Williams, Lemond Johnson and Arshad Jackson have decommitted from Auburn since Gene Chizik was fired on November 25.
Auburn now has 12 commitments and is ranked No. 28, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Despite the loss of top recruits, Auburn fans should not panic.
Decommitments are a price that is paid with coaching searches and Auburn has plenty of time to rebound before anyone can judge the quality of this recruiting class.