While expansion is an interesting subject to contemplate, it really makes little difference to Auburn fans this year. While it is a sure bet that there will be new opponents added to the conference in the near future, the effects will not begin until 2011 at the earliest.
There is another factor that will have an even larger effect on Auburn fans in 2011. That is recruiting. Auburn needs a large and strong class to replace twenty five graduating seniors. Recruiting has heated up in the last week.
Here is a look at some of the players Auburn is looking at that might be returning some of the attention.
Athletes: This is a very important classification for Auburn. Both the offensive and defensive strategy are dependent on talented athletes that can perform in a number of ways.
C.J. Uzomah 6’5” and near 240 lbs. and is a very versatile player. He has Auburn on his mind and could end up on the plains for 2011. He will likely be a versatile offensive athlete if he chooses Auburn.
Kris Frost 6’3'' and near 215 lbs. is a very versatile athlete. Auburn seems to be interested in his multiple defensive skills. He could be a future linebacker. He is also very talented on the offensive side of the game.
Defensive Backs: with current commits this could well be the most talented defensive backfield class in a long time if all commit.
Chris Jones is a very talented defensive back that is taking a close look at in-state Auburn.
Jonathan Rose another talented defensive back that is looking hard at in-state Auburn.
Enrique Florence another hard hitting defensive back looking at staying in-state with Auburn.
Gabe Wright a vicious defensive tackle out of Columbus, Georgia. It is reported that his mother likes Auburn and Auburn likes her. Gabe projects well in Auburn’s 4-3 defense.
Jamichael Payne is from Auburn and is a great fit for Auburn’s 4-3 or a 3-4 defense at defensive tackle.
Keymiya Harrell is a very talented defensive end that has exactly the talents Auburn is looking for.
Auburn has a great chance of bringing these recruits into the fold. Auburn is a great match for all of them. These are just a few more very talented recruits to add to the watch closely list.
Auburn has seven commits already out of the limit of twenty five for the year. Auburn's current commit list can be viewed here. The staff is busy running camps and evaluating talent. Expect some good news within the next weeks.