Where Does Auburn Stand in the College Football Recruiting Picture?

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJuly 31, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 11:  The University of Auburn Tigers mascot, Aubie, waves to the fans during the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament against the University of Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome on March 11, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Bulldogs won 73-59.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The question has been asked; where does Auburn recruiting stand now as compared to this time last year? This is an important question for fans, if not the coaching staff. With only days remaining until fall practice starts and live football news overshadows recruiting information, let’s compare this year with last.

Auburn had 12 verbal commitments on July 31, 2009; here it is, July 31, 2010 and Auburn has 12 verbal commitments.

Auburn had seven recruits that would eventually be ranked as a four-star or higher player at this time in 2009. Auburn has five four-star recruits already and four more on the commitment list that have a great chance of being four star recruits by November.

Auburn should pick up two or three more highly ranked recruits during August. This will put the 2011 class ahead of the 2010 class at the same time in the year. Auburn is in the running for three top tier running backs at this point. Auburn was in the running for three top tier running backs at this point in 2009.

Auburn is in the running for more top-rated players at this point than they were in 2009. Of course being in the running doesn’t mean Auburn will be their choice.

Can Auburn finish with another top-five recruiting class?

They certainly look to be headed toward another great class. The 2010 class looks better and better as scouts have the opportunity to access and rank the players committed. While it is still too early to predict ranking of a recruiting class, with six months left in the recruiting season.

Auburn fans can assume that the 2011 class will be a top-10 class nationally at this point and will only rise as the recruiting season moves toward its conclusion.

The Auburn staff was able to close strongly in 2009 coming off an eight-win season. With much of that 2010 class in place and predicted to contribute this football season, fans can assume that recruits will pay attention.

If the Auburn program continues to improve in 2010 and the freshmen players are a contributing factor, the 2011 recruiting class could pick up substantially and propel Auburn back into the top five classes or better. 

Auburn is currently ranked ninth and will be moving up in the next month.