Auburn Football: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

LigerCorrespondent IJune 22, 2008

I’m as excited about the upcoming season as any fan could possibly be.

Of course, that usually means the Tigers are going to do their best to perform a massive belly-flop, and we’ll end up winning seven or eight games, and our school administration will be taking a midnight trip to Kentucky the Thursday before the 'Bama game.

But more about predicting Auburn’s on-the-field fortunes later.

Let’s take a few moments to talk about the 2009 recruiting class.  Nothing real exciting going on with that.  I mean, we’re still getting quality players with loads of speed…everybody say that word with me…SPEED.  I love it.  We’ve got plenty of it in this class, including five commits who run sub-4.45 forty times.

But the really interesting thing about this class (besides great speed) is the fact that we’ve already got 16 commits, and we’re barely into the third week of June.  At the rate we’re going, I’m sure we’ll have even more commits by the time you read this post.

Auburn coaches seem to be quick to point out that our quick start to recruiting has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa last year as the head coach of the Crimson Tide.  OK, tell that to the Pope, guys, 'cause I don’t believe a word of it.

There’s no doubt that we had our butts kicked by Alabama in recruiting last year, losing every single prospect that had both Auburn and Bama on their short list.  Of course, we lost a few of these recruits to other schools too, but the point is, we didn’t win any.

So in light of that fact, is it such a bad thing that Tubs and company have decided to try a different tactic?  You know, that’s actually one of my favorite qualities about Coach Tubs.  He’s not going to keep doing the same things over and over when they don’t work.

Most coaches (in any sport) cannot honestly claim that.  Typically coaches will continue running headlong down a path of destruction simply because it’s what they learned when they starting coaching, or because they had success with whatever method in the past.  Who knows why this happens—maybe it’s pride.

So certainly a slight change in recruiting philosophy is understandable and even warranted in our current situation.  The one thing that has not changed, though, is that Tubs is still seeking speed.  Speed.  A’ight?  

Plus, Tubs is demonstrating now, more that ever, the fact that he could care less about the star ratings from services like Scout and Rivals.  In fact, I think he has yet to receive a commitment from a player for the 2009 class who had a star rating at the time of the player’s verbal commitment.

All in all, fans shouldn’t be too concerned with this year’s seeming change in recruiting philosophy.  Coach Tubs knows what he’s doing.  I mean, goodness, what does a guy have to do to prove himself?  He currently has more than 40 players in the NFL.

OK, in case you don’t know, that would be EXCELLENT.  Magnificent even.

Forget about stars…you’ll learn real quick I don’t believe in them.  Look at the stats and come to your own conclusions, and I think you’ll realize that we’ve got something cookin' for us.

By the way, did I mention speed?

Terrence Coleman DT 6’1” 244lbs 4.8 forty 385 bench

Raymond Cotton QB 6’4” 216 lbs 4.6 forty 315 bench

Jonathan Evans LB 6’0” 205 lbs 4.5 forty 285 bench

Nick Fairley DT 6’4” 295 lbs 4.89 forty 315 bench

Eltoro Freeman LB 5’11” 218 lbs 4.5 forty

Harris Gaston LB 6’2” 210 lbs 4.6 forty

Andre Harris OL 6’4” 327 lbs 5.67 forty

Brandon Heavens ATL 5’10” 165 lbs 4.43 forty

LaVoyd James WR 5’10” 175 lbs 4.4 forty

Wilfred Journet DE 6’3” 247 lbs 4.65 forty

Philip Lutzenkirchen TE 6’4” 245 lbs 4.73 forty

Aaron MooreOL 6’5” 255 lbs 4.89 forty 360 bench

LaDarius Perkins ATL 5’9” 180 lbs 4.4 forty 330 bench 36 vertical…goodness

Jamontay Pilson DT 6’3” 265 lbs 4.9 forty 330 bench

Rodney Scott RB 5’9” 185 lbs 4.4 forty 300 bench

Travante Stallworth ATL 5’10” 180 lbs 4.4 forty 230 bench


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