Alabama/Auburn Early Signing Day Recap
Early signing day has come and gone. That means college football fans across the state can already start talking about next season, even though this season is not over yet. With the Auburn fanbase being torn over the decision to fire head coach Gus Malzhan after eight seasons, and the Alabama fans cheering for what looks like another top recruiting class, there is a lot here to unpack.
After sending Gus Malzhan packing just days prior to signing day, Auburn fans were unsure what to expect. The Tigers signed 12 players, 10 were previously committed and 2 additional guys joined the class on signing day. So far, Malzhan being out has not seemed to have much of an effect on Auburn’s recruiting efforts. There have been a few de-commitments, but that is to be expected. The highlight of the day was signing Dematrious Davis, a four star quarterback from North Shore, Texas. The other four stars who signed on are Ahmari Davis (S), and Marquis Robinson (DT). The seven three stars are Tar’varish Dawson (WR/DB), Hal Presley (WR), Tobechi Okoli (WR), Philip O’Brien Jr (S), Landen King (TE), Gardner Langlo (OL), and Kamal Hadden (CB). Auburn also added two graduate transfers, Grant Calcaterra (TE), and Eric Wilson (OL). Auburn hopes to add more talent to the team in additon to these players over the next few months.
The Crimson Tide is once again on pace to have one of the top recruiting classes. Six five star recruits have signed their letter of intent, JC Latham (OL), Tommy Brockermeyer (OL), Dallas Turner (DL), Damon Payne (DL), Ga’Quincy McKinstry (CB), and Jacorey Brooks (WR). They added 14 four stars, JoJo Earle (WR), Terrence Ferguson (OL), Deontae Lawson (LB), Agiye Hall (WR), Chrisitian Leary (WR), Jalen Milroe (QB), Monkell Goodwine (DL), Kendrick Blackshire (LB), Kadrious Calloway (ATH), Kaine Williams (S), James Brockermeyer (OL), Keanu Koht (DL), Ian Jackson (LB), and Devonta Smith (CB). The Tide also added four three star recruits, Tim Keenan (DL), Khyree Jackson (CB), Anquin Barnes (DT), and Robbie Ouzts (TE). Alabama currently holds the top recruiting class in the nation and that likely will not change.
Hopefully by next season stadiums are able to hold 100% capacity and COVID-19 is in the past. These guys work hard and they deserve to play in front of a full stadium, not 20-25% of one. There are many exciting athletes coming to these two schools and they will make their teams even better and more exciting to watch.