Coming off a 3-9 season and with top pass-rusher Corey Lemonier on his way to the NFL, the Auburn Tigers can't afford to lose top recruit Carl Lawson.
The No. 1 weak-side defensive end in the country is by far the highest-rated recruit of Auburn's 21st-ranked recruiting class, making him a critical building block for a rebuilding program.
Besides Lawson, the Tigers have commitments from several other top defenders, including two top-10 defensive linemen.
With so many holes on both sides of the ball, let's take a look at nine commits the Tigers can't afford to lose if they hope to turn things around in 2013.