After a disappointing 2012 season, the Auburn Tigers needed a big change for 2013. With a new list of recruits set to redesign the defensive line—anchored by defensive tackle Montravius Adams—they have achieved that.
Auburn's problems in 2012 stemmed from just about everywhere, but defense was a huge issue.
The Tigers were the FBS 80th-ranked defense, allowing nearly 200 rushing yards a game (ranking 90th overall).
In the defense-centered, run-savvy SEC, neither one of those is a particularly good thing—which was well reflected in the Tigers 3-9 (0-8 in conference) record.
Obviously Auburn needed a change to its front attack. That became a priority for national signing day, as the Tiger's top-three recruits were all defensive linemen.
Anchoring that talented group is Montravius Adams, ESPN's 13th-best prospect and No. 2-ranked defensive tackle.
The coaching staff was obviously excited about Adams' commitment, as shown in this video:
Head coach Gus Malzahn was looking for a big overhaul in 2013 and he gets a great foundation with Adams. Auburn's newest coach stated that they're "very excited. Montravius is in the middle, and he's one of the bigger, more athletic guys I've seen since I've been coaching college football."
The 6'4", 310-pound brick wall of an athlete will be an immediate help to Auburn's defensive line, with a strong frame that will make him a force in defending against the run.
Auburn hasn't had a defensive tackle prospect this good since Nick Fairley left for the NFL.
All three rank within ESPN's top-40 recruits for the 2013 season.
The changes won't come immediately, but in due time, Auburn's defense should return to the upper echelons of college football.
While having ESPN's No. 11-ranked recruiting class doesn't hurt, having a building block like Montravius Adams will be the real difference maker.