AUBURN – Auburn head coach got a jump start on his 2017 recruiting class as the faxes were coming in Wednesday to secure another Top 10 ranked class.
During his National Signing Day media conference, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said he contacted around 50 recruits with a phone call as he was completing his current recruiting class. So much for an offseason or vacation.
“Our staff has done a good job,” Malzahn said. “[Wednesday] was a really good day. They got me on the phone with close to 50 guys coming up and I think that’s a great thing. I’m excited to recruit those guys and I know our coaches are too.”
Recruiting for the 2017 class won’t likely get started until spring practices, which for Auburn are supposed to begin on March 1, and the Tigers have only three verbal commitments for that class: Five-star, 310-pound offensive lineman Calvin Ashley (Orlando, Fla.); Four-star athlete Alaric Williams (Gadsden, Ala.); Three-star DB Carlito Gonzalez (Stone Mountain, Ga.).
The 2017 recruiting season will be the first full year for new Auburn assistants Kevin Steele(defensive coordinator), Herb Hand (offensive line), Wesley McGriff (defensive backs) andTravis Williams (linebacker) to be on the road for the program.
“Auburn’s a special place and it is truly about family,” Malzahn said. “When we’re able to recruit young men and their families for an extended period of time, then we’ve got a good chance. So then you see this group, you hear me say two years, three years, so I think that’s very important.”
These new assistants were critical during the final month of securing Malzahn’s fourth straight Top 10 recruiting class and Malzahn’s new staff knows how critical it will be to be ahead of any possible momentum that could arise from a possible 2016 season.
“We’ve been thinking about the juniors for a long period of time,” Malzahn said. “Every year it seems like it gets earlier and earlier.”