The Auburn Tigers are poised for a very strong year ahead, with a host of new commits set to have a huge impact for the SEC powerhouse in 2013.
Already ranked in the top 20 for recruiting classes this season (per ESPN), the biggest question now becomes whether the Tigers' latest commits can get the job done on the field as well—living up to the hype that surrounds them at the moment.
Read on to see the latest commits that will have the biggest impact for Auburn in 2013.
Might as well start with the obvious one here, and it will come as little surprise that one of the best defensive prospects in the country will have an impact in 2013.
Lawson boasts both the size and the speed to be a formidable opponent on every snap, and he should make an instant start in a struggling Tigers side that will likely be under a new defensive scheme with head coach Gus Malzahn taking over from Gene Chizik.
247Sports.com ranks him as the best weakside defensive end prospect in the country; something that Auburn will get to see first-hand throughout the season.
The five-star defensive end will definitely be an impact player for the Tigers.
John Sullen's departure means that there's a potentially vacant position at right guard this season, and with Devonte Danzey committing to the Tigers in 2013, he could well end up challenging right away for the starting position.
Danzey was the top-ranked JUCO guard last season—paving the way for a Hutchinson offense that scored the second-most points in team history.
Not only that, Hutchinson also cracked the 700-yard mark three times throughout the year, with credit notably given throughout the offensive line, but in particular the latest Tigers commit.
If he can work his way into the starting position early this season, expect him to have a real impact in the Tigers' O-line and continue to provide great running lanes and pocket position throughout the year.
Highly-rated JUCO linebacker Kenny Flowers could also become a huge impact player for the Tigers given his athletic ability and proven skill.
Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades spoke of his former player recently via Auburn Sports, stating that:
He's got some freakish strength and ability. He could bench and clean over 400 pounds as a freshman. He's very fast, great closing speed. He's got instincts that will develop. Kenny is a smart player and has a good football IQ.
Flowers' speed for his size makes him a viable candidate for a starting berth away in the season for the Tigers—something that he would surely thrive in.
His 95 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss throughout his final year at Hutchinson could just be the sampler for what's to come from the weakside linebacker.
Which new commits will have the biggest impact for Auburn in 2013?
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