2014 College Football Recruits Auburn Must Land to Finish with Top-5 Class
Although ranked No. 8 in the SEC recruiting rankings, Auburn has the No. 15 class in the country, according to 247Sports. Head coach Gus Malzahn is now in charge on The Plains, and a top-5 recruiting class could be on the horizon.
The Tigers have maintained their position as one of the top recruiting programs in the country, evidenced by a strong class of 15 commitments. Yet Malzahn and his staff still have many remaining targets they wish to land before February, which would cement an elite class for 2014.
For Auburn to make a big move up the recruiting rankings, it will have to secure pledges from several key uncommitted prospects. Beating out a trio of SEC rivals for a defensive lineman, plus landing commitments from a certain offensive lineman and outside linebacker, would be a great start.
Myron Burton, WR/ATH
Myron Burton is similar athletically to Earnest Robinson, a receiver who originally signed with Auburn in 2013. At 6'2.5" and 203 pounds, Burton is a big-bodied receiver with solid hands and receiving skills.
He's willing to block on the perimeter and runs good routes in the intermediate passing game. However, like Robinson, Burton is not explosive or sudden with his movements.
Yet Auburn could use the 3-star prospect's good hands, solid route running and size. He's expected to sign with the Tigers, according to 247Sports.
Jordan Sims, OG
Jordan Sims is one of the more underrated guards in the South, as the 3-star prospect likely deserves a higher rating. At 6'4" and 345 pounds, the Alabama native can play four different positions on the offensive line.
Sims has good athleticism, works well in short areas and possesses excellent strength. He can powerfully punch a defensive lineman, anchor and hold his ground to protect the passer. Yet Sims also has deceptive agility, as he can dance in space and also rarely falls for stuns, tricks and blitzes.
With his size, strength and improving intelligence, Sims may be able to make an early impact in college. He is expected to sign with Auburn or Alabama, according to the experts at 247Sports.
Charles Mosley, DT
Another player Auburn would likely need to assure itself a top-5 class is 4-star defensive tackle Charles Mosley. Making a play for the Tennessee native would be a wise recruiting move and would bolster the Tigers defense.
Mosley is a massive 6'5", 345-pounder who has solid first-step quickness and strength to rule the trenches. He projects to be a 0/1-technique space-eater who routinely makes a mess in the middle.
However, the big man has the ability to generate a push in the interior of the pocket as a rusher. Mosley's size and strength would be welcomed on The Plains, but Tennessee and Alabama are ahead right now, per 247Sports.
Joshua Casher, OL
Although he plays tackle for his high school team in Alabama, 4-star offensive lineman Joshua Casher is due for a move inside to guard, or perhaps center.
At 6'1" and 297 pounds, Casher has great athleticism to shadow rushers on passing plays. He has quick feet, plays with good balance and bends naturally at the knees. Casher has great strength to sustain blocks, as he always looks to dictate to his opponent during a play.
He likes to finish, plays with a bit of a nasty streak and has the potential to be an All-SEC guard/center. He'll sign with Auburn or Alabama, says 247Sports.
Elisha Shaw, DL
Auburn may have some ground to make up with 4-star defensive tackle Elisha Shaw, but he's a prospect worth fighting for. The Georgia native could develop into a fantastic defensive tackle for the Tigers.
At nearly 6'5" and 295 pounds, Shaw plays like an elephant at the point of attack. He's a powerful player who plays with the strength of a grown man at the line of scrimmage.
Shaw displays adequate first-step quickness, can get under a blocker's pads, walk him deep into the pocket and sit him in the lap of the quarterback.
He has a strong anchor, can fight through multiple blockers and has solid athleticism to pursue the football. Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama are in front, per 247Sports.
Rashaan Evans, OLB/DE
Rashaan Evans is a 4-star defender who can play outside linebacker or defensive end. He is from Auburn, which makes him a must-get prospect for the Tigers.
Evans, who is 6'3" and 220 pounds, has great speed and flashes solid pass-rushing skills. He can crash off the edge, attack the quarterback with good explosiveness at the snap and use his athleticism to beat blockers.
Evans displays adequate vision into the backfield, can get to the ball quickly and has good range in pursuit. He's a player who likely will play outside 'backer on first and second down, then put his hand down and rush as a defensive end on third down.
Auburn, Georgia, UCLA and Alabama are his top schools, according to 247Sports.
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