SEC Football Q&A: What's the School to Watch on National Signing Day

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJanuary 31, 2013

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn
Auburn head coach Gus MalzahnKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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And we're off:

@barrettsallee who is your team to watch for in the SEC on National Signing Day???

— b DOT (@i_BLIEVE) January 30, 2013

Alabama and Florida will likely nail down top-five classes, Ole Miss is the unquestioned leader for consensus No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche and Texas A&M will haul in a plethora of skill players. But the team to watch on national signing day is the Auburn Tigers.

The reason is simple. There's been so much uncertainty leading up to this point with the 3-9 record and total staff overhaul, but the Tigers still have a chance to land a top-10 class if they can land several of the top prospects left on their board.

Stud linebacker Reuben Foster, a 5-star prospect by from Auburn, is choosing between the Tigers, Alabama and Georgia—with Auburn being the likely landing spot. Montravius Adams, a 5-star defensive tackle from Vienna, Ga., is visiting Auburn over the weekend and has the Tigers in his top five. MacKensie Alexander, a 4-star cornerback who visited Auburn last weekend, and could be the late-season surprise Malzahn was looking for couple.

If the Tigers can haul in a few of those prospects, keep defensive end Carl Lawson on board, and sign running back Johnathan Ford or flip running back Tarean Folston; Malzahn could reel in a top-10 class.

@barrettsallee what's with Liner and UGA here last minute?

— Richard Scarcelli (@RollTideRichard) January 31, 2013

It's been assumed for quite some time that Dee Liner, a 4-star defensive tackle from Muscle Shoals, Ala., is a lock to sign with the Alabama Crimson Tide after de-committing from Auburn earlier this month.

But maybe that's not the case.

According to Seth Emerson of, the Georgia school airplane was in Muscle Shoals on Thursday. 

Take whatever you want from that development, but it's certainly interesting.

Does that mean that Georgia is suddenly in the mix? Maybe. But even if Georgia is making a late push for Liner, I'd be floored if he winds up anywhere other than Tuscaloosa.

@barrettsallee With recruits, #Stunts & #Props have garnered much fanfare in seasons past, puppies, tattoos, etc., what will 2013 bring?

— Andy M. Johnson (@GeorgiaGunOwner) January 31, 2013

I'm sure there's a prospect planning to raise the bar on former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell's announcement, which included a live puppy.

What will it be?

We will find out in six days. But if Reuben Foster picks Auburn and rolls out a live Tiger, or Laremy Tunsil chooses Alabama by riding an elephant into the school cafeteria, they'd win national signing Day for sure.

Some people get all up in arms over the methods kids use to announce their college choices, but I'm not really one of them. Have a little fun, be creative and be respectful. The only thing that bothers me is if a prospect is outwardly disrespectful to the school or schools he doesn't choose. 

Those instances are rare though.