Michael Dyer, the highest profile commit in Auburn’s 2010 class, will look to make an immediate impact on the Plains.
The leading rusher in Arkansas history is one of the top recruits in the country. This encompasses being a five star recruit on Rivals, Scout and ESPN, an Under Armour All-American, the number one back in ESPNU’s 150 and in February, an Auburn Tiger.
While Auburn emerged as a top candidate for another high profile running back in Lache Seastrunk, Dyer exploded onto the Tigers recruiting radar. The 5 foot 9 200 pound Dyer made it clear that he wanted to be an Auburn Tiger.
Dyer committed to Auburn on November 6, and since then has been more than just a commit. He’s been a recruiter as well, trying to swing other running backs such as Marcus Lattimore to join him in 2010.
Dyer has said things that make you believe he bleeds orange and blue. Things like “I’m 100% Auburn” and “I’m a War Eagle now.”
He said a good relationship with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was a big reason for the early commitment.
Obviously, a back of Dyer’s caliber was wanted nearly everywhere. The Tigers emerged out of an impressive list of suitors in Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, FSU, and Ole Miss, among others.
If you’re a lifelong Auburn fan, you know when you step in Jordan-Hare and see the game day traditions that it’s something special.
Dyer felt the same. After taking in Auburn’s 41-30 early season victory over West Virginia, he knew Auburn was where he wanted to be.
He noted how incredible the fans were, sitting through a driving rainstorm just to see their team play. And this was before the game had even kicked off.
Who wouldn’t be a part of something like that?
Auburn has already accumulated an elite list of running backs through the years, and has earned the unofficial title of Running Back U. Dyer is ready to be the next chapter.
He’ll have that chance as soon as next year, with one of the SEC’s top rushers in Ben Tate graduating from the Plains. Tate led the SEC for most of the year in rushing yards while finishing fourth with total of 1,254 yards.
While no one expects that type of production out of a freshman, it’s not impossible for a player of Dyer’s talent to accomplish these numbers much quicker than Tate.
Ben Tate looked like a completely different back from 2008 to 2009, benefiting much from running backs coach Curtis Luper, as well as the downhill style runs in Gus Malzahn’s offense.
Tate and Dyer have very similar styles, and Dyer could provide that same type of punch.
Speedster Onterio McCalebb and redshirt freshman Dontae Aycock will look to get a sizable amount of carries in 2010, but Dyer should still get his chance.
Tigers fan are salivating over the chance to see Dyer suit up, and 2010 can’t come fast enough. Auburn fans got a special treat the night Dyer committed as he bulldozed his way through Pulaski Academy on ESPN.
Dyer totaled 221 yards and 5 touchdowns that night as his Little Rock Christian Warriors won 42-21. He did this while playing linebacker as well. Scary.
The Auburn nation has been ready ever since.
While Dyer is just a piece of Auburn’s already impressive recruiting class, he’s an awful big piece, and one that could pay huge dividends in his time on the Plains.