How Urban Meyer's Resignation Impacts Auburn and Cameron Newton Recruitment

Robert BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Though Urban Meyer’s resignation is hot off the presses, it’s not too early to be thinking how this helps the Auburn Tigers.

Former Gator and highly touted JUCO quarterback prospect Cameron Newton is set to make his decision between Auburn and Mississippi State on New Year’s Eve.

It’s a surprise to many that Newton even considered State, but the main reason was head coach Dan Mullen, his offensive coordinator at Florida.

While it’s pure speculation, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Mullen’s name pop up in the Gators coaching search. This could swing Newton Auburn’s way, especially if he was beginning to lean towards the Bulldogs.

Many say he’s a Bulldog lock, and many say he’s a Tiger lock. To be honest, Newton may not even know at this point.

Beyond Newton, recruiting now becomes a huge question mark for the Gators. What will the current commitments do? Will they stay with the Gators, or will they search elsewhere?

Gus Malzahn’s fast paced offense proved to be successful in the SEC, and the skill players in Meyer’s offense and Malzahn’s offense are of similar tastes.

I wouldn’t be too surprised if Chizik and his staff weren’t using their one phone call a week to some of Florida’s commitments as we speak.

December has already been a banner month for the Tigers, and they definitely aren’t done. With plenty of key recruits left on the table, it’s going to be a fun ride until February 7th .

Signing Newton now would further reiterate that the Tigers are ready to compete in the SEC West. Cameron Newton would have been the starting quarterback for the Gators this season, or at least that was the plan.

Why would it not be in the back of a recruits mind that he would like to play with Newton in a dynamic and upcoming SEC offense in Auburn?

Dan Mullen to Florida? Probably not, but who knows. He’s familiar with the school and the system, and did wonders for Mississippi State in just one year. For the Auburn Tigers and Cameron Newton, that could potentially be big news.

Then again, Mullen may never leave Starkville and Newton may still come to the Plains. Auburn may never land one of Florida’s commitments. Those chances are both there, but even if neither one happens, the Auburn Tigers are shaping up to be the surprise class of 2010.