Auburn Football: The Good and Bad of National Signing Day

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Auburn Football: The Good and Bad of National Signing Day
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The Auburn coaching staff reacts to Montravius Adams announcing for Auburn. Photo credit: Todd Van Emst

The newly-minted Auburn coaching staff gathered around a mahogany table in a large conference room in the Auburn athletic complex to see if their hard work had paid off with 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams. 

Adams had offers from nearly every school in the country and it had come down to Auburn, Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. 

Just to the left of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn sat a board full of the newest Auburn Tigers. At the top, it read "It's a new day." 

A loud roar echoed down the halls.

As Adams displayed his custom-made Auburn shirt (with a graphic of himself in an Auburn jersey) and donned an Auburn hat, the countless hours of work over the last two months became well worth it.

Grown men acted like the students that they urge to get loud and crazy in the Jordan-Hare Stadium student section at Auburn home games. 

It was their turn to celebrate. 

Adams was just one highlight from Malzahn's first recruiting class as the Tigers' head coach. It went nearly perfectly.

"We feel like this class really meets our needs, and I really want to complement our coaching staff, our support staff and our administration," said Malzahn in his signing day briefing with the media. "Our staff really did a wonderful job in developing those relationships in a short amount of time."

Auburn may not be completely done in this recruiting cycle. A couple of spots are left open to signees that have opted to sign later in the process. April 1 is the deadline. 

Regardless of what those others do, the Auburn coaching staff has reason to celebrate its first recruiting class. It is one that ranks No. 11 in the 247Sports composite rankings. 

Here is the good and bad for Auburn's 2013 national signing day. 

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