Auburn safeties coach Tommy Thigpen is credited with landing four-star cornerback Jonathan Rose.
I had every intention of giving the Auburn accolades to offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn for pulling in QB Kiehl Frazier. But I went with the numbers and the fact that fresh faces on defense are what Auburn needs most in this class.
That meant crowning safeties coach Tommy Thigpen as Auburn's best recruiter (so far). He is given credit for the commitment of four-star cornerback Jonathan Rose, the No. 3 prospect at CB in the class. Rose, who hails from Leeds, AL, chose the Tigers over Alabama, Florida State, and Georgia.
Thigpen is also credited with landing LB Justin Garrett, DT Angelo Blackson, DB Devin Gaulden, and cornerback Anthony Swain, the latter of whom may well end up as another four-star recruit.
As with Alabama, Auburn recruits extremely well as a team. Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper were recognized as top-25 recruiters last year, and Malzahn's ability to sell the offense to recruits was borne out in a big way by Frazier's commitment. Until those guys catch up with a few more bodies, Thigpen currently leads the way in my opinion.