Another weekend of official visitors to the Plains has come and gone and it yielded positive results when 3-star athlete Marcus Davis committed to the Tigers. Davis was one of seven official visitors to Auburn this weekend.
Davis was Auburn's third commitment in three days. He joined WR Dominic Walker and LB Kenny Flowers, who both committed to Auburn on Jan. 25.
Since the start of the new year, Auburn has accumulated nine commitments to bring the number of commitments up to 19. The Tigers are ranked No. 17 in the 247sports composite rankings.
It appears that Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and staff have some momentum on the recruiting trail with just a week and a half remaining until national signing day on Feb. 6.
"It's going really well," Malzahn told Joel Erickson of al.com at the Senior Bowl. "We've got some momentum, and I really feel like we'll finish well."
Auburn is poised to do as Malzahn predicted and make some noise on the recruiting trail in the remaining days until signing day. If things go the Tigers' way, they could land a fourth consecutive top-10 recruiting class.
Coach Gus Malzahn @CoachGusMalzahn
Wrapping up a good weekend! Fired up for last week of recruiting. Time to finish strong! #wareagle1/27/2013, 11:58:55 PM
Considering that Auburn just went through its worst season in the modern era and went through a coaching change, landing a top-10 class would be a remarkable achievement and Malzahn's first big win as Auburn's head coach.
College football recruiting is a season in and of itself. There are many ebbs and flows that go along with it.
That is not a surprise when an 18-year-old is at the center of it all. It is very cyclical and when a coaching staff has momentum on the recruiting trail, it feels like every prospect in America wants to come play for that team.
Without momentum on the trail, it feels like the bleeding will never stop.
Auburn found a band-aid for the bleeding it was suffering in a horrible downswing on and off the field.
On top of suffering through a horrible 2012 campaign, the Tigers saw seven decommitments from top prospects in the three weeks (Nov. 25—Dec. 18) after former head coach Gene Chizik was fired. Auburn dropped as low as No. 28 in the recruiting rankings.
The Tigers are now on an upswing.
Since that time, Auburn has added 10 names to the recruiting class and enrolled three JUCO commitments that will participate in spring practice.
A lot of this recruiting momentum that Auburn is experiencing has to do with the hiring of Malzahn's first coaching staff. His staff is filled with acclaimed recruiters who are very familiar with recruiting in the southeast.
Malzahn hired recruiting coordinators away from Florida State (Dameyune Craig), Arkansas (Tim Horton) and Georgia (Rodney Garner).
But the coaching staff isn't the only reason that Auburn is poised for a strong finish in recruiting.
The weekend of Feb. 1 will be huge for the Auburn program and could affect the next four to five years.
Auburn will be hosting three 5-star prospects on the Plains next weekend, at the very least. That number could jump to four if DT Montravius Adams decides to take an official visit. LB Reuben Foster and DEs Chris Jones and Carl Lawson have scheduled an official visit.
JC Shurburtt @jcshurburtt
So what if #Auburn lands Reuben Foster, Mackensie Alexander, keeps Carl Lawson and comes back for Montravius Adams?1/27/2013, 10:22:59 PM
Those are prospects that will make an impact as soon as they step foot on campus wherever they choose to play.
Also scheduled to visit are 4-star FSU commits Marquez White and Austin Golson. It would not be a surprise to see other names added to the list before next weekend.
Auburn is the last scheduled visit for so many big names only five days before signing day, and that can heavily impact the decisions that these prospects end up making. The Auburn campus and football program will be the last thing they see and the time they spent with the coaching staff will be fresh in their minds.
If next weekend's efforts result in only one signature on national signing day, the efforts will be worth it.
Momentum is in the corner of the Auburn football program on the recruiting trail and it appears that the Tigers are poised to keep the ball rolling all the way to national signing day.
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