Re-Evaluating Auburn's 2011 Recruiting Class

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Re-Evaluating Auburn's 2011 Recruiting Class
USA TODAY Sports
Greg Robinson and Tre Mason

After winning the BCS National Championship in 2010, the Auburn Tigers turned the momentum from a storybook season into one of the program's highest-ranked recruiting classes.

The nation's No. 5 class signed the second-most 4-star recruits in the country and finished second in the SEC behind in-state rival Alabama.

The members of Auburn's 2011 class had wild starts to their Auburn careers, as the Tigers followed up a national title with an 8-5 season in 2011 and a historically bad 3-9 campaign in 2012. Their head coach was fired and replaced with the offensive coordinator from their first season on campus.

Auburn was able to rebound under Gus Malzahn in 2013 with an unforeseen 12-2 run to a SEC title and the final BCS National Championship Game, but how many of the 2011 signees played a role in the reversal?

The Tigers' top four recruits from the class of 2011 did not pan out at Auburn, but several other 4-stars played major roles in resurrecting the program last season.

Two of them became two of the nation's best players in 2013. Several others are still on the Plains, ready to finish their Auburn careers as full-time starters or important contributors.

Here is a look back at the booms and busts of Auburn's highly touted 2011 recruiting class.

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