In just a couple of weeks, it will be the college football fans' version of Christmas Day.
I'm talking about national signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Where rumors and speculation about the decision of an 18-year-old come to a screeching halt.
Auburn fans will be waiting with bated breath for the next signature to come through on the fax machine (seriously, is this the only reason a fax machine is used any more?). Some fans may even consider this a holiday and call in sick to work.
I won't tell if you don't.
At one time, while suffering through a 3-9 2012 campaign, the Tigers recruiting class had climbed as high as No. 10, according to various recruiting services. As expected, de-commitments occurred from some high-profile prospects—such as the nation's top MLB, Reuben Foster—once Gene Chizik was fired on November. 26, 2012.
New head coach Gus Malzahn and the rest of the Auburn staff has been playing catch-up since he was hired on Dec. 5.
“Yeah, I think anytime a completely new staff comes in, you’re going to play catch-up. But our coaching staff’s done a great job of identifying the guys and really recruiting them hard, so I’m very pleased with our staff,” Malzahn told Aaron Brenner of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Currently, Auburn has pledges from 16 commitments and is ranked No. 19 in the 247Sports composite team rankings. Auburn will be making in-home visits during the weeks leading up to national signing day and will host official visitors on the weekends.
The weekend of Feb. 1 is shaping up to be a big weekend for Auburn recruiting, as Foster, DT Montravius Adams and others may pay a visit to the loveliest village.
Could be a big weekend for #Auburn on Feb. 1 if Reuben Foster, Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams and Tashawn Bower all visit.— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) January 22, 2013
With a limit of 85 scholarship players on a roster, Auburn will probably sign at or around 21 players in the 2013 recruiting class.
Auburn has needs on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Auburn would like to sign another RB and possibly another WR on the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive side, Auburn is looking to fill needs on the defensive line and at linebacker.
Auburn garnered two commitments this past weekend—both of them were pledges to other schools—in 4-star WR Tony Stevens, who was committed to Texas A&M, and S Khari Harding, who was pledged to the Arkansas Razorbacks.
No one knows for sure what the next couple of weeks leading up to signing day will bring except for the guarantee of craziness, but that is what makes this part of college football so great.
For Auburn fans, these are the five names on top of the Tigers' wish list.