The Auburn Tigers have made a big impression with 4-star fullback and current Texas Longhorns commitment Daniel Gresham, but is it enough to get a flip from the talented recruit?
That question will remain unanswered for now, but the Tigers have put themselves in a good position.
According to Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com, Gresham has landed an offer from Auburn:
Gresham is committed to Texas. He holds offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss and now Auburn, a program that intrigues him.
"I felt blessed," said Gresham. "I'm committed to Texas, but other programs are appreciating my skills, that's nice. I don't know too much about Auburn. I know Cam Newton was there, Bo Jackson is one of my favorite running backs ever. It's an SEC program, and that conference is prestigious.
"I'll stay in touch with Auburn and talk to their coaches. My head coach will stay in touch with Auburn that way also. I hope to continue to build a relationship there."
Gresham went on to talk about his commitment to Texas, per Hokanson:
"I'm solid to Texas, I love everything about them. It's cool to get offers and talk to other programs, so we'll see what happens," Gresham said.
"We aren't allowed to visit. That's one thing that I'll have to talk about them more with. They got screwed over last year, so we'll see if they change that. They basically said if you look around, we'll look around."
Texas' new no-visit policy could really come into play here, especially if Auburn really did make a good impression with Gresham. Getting a flip from the talented fullback could be as simple as convincing him to take a visit, as that would force Texas' hand into pulling his offer—if Mack Brown and the Longhorns are indeed serious about their new policy.
Recruiting is oftentimes like a game of chess, and in this case, Auburn could strategically force Texas' hand. Some may look at this as a form of negative recruiting, but you have to come back to the reality of recruiting: It's a game beyond the game on the field.
That's partially why we like it so much. It provides us with enough strategy and drama to make the WWE jealous.
The good news for Auburn is that getting a visit from Gresham may not be too hard. He talked about liking offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee in Hokanson's report, and also about how Auburn would want to use him as an H-back in head coach Gus Malzahn's offense.
Gresham is 5'11'', 225 pounds and runs a 4.60 40, according to 247Sports. He's ranked as the No. 1 fullback in the nation (247Sports Composite), so he would have the opportunity to be a big-impact player wherever he ends up.
Auburn's offense under Malzahn promises to be both exciting and efficient. Many credit Malzahn, who was then the Tigers' offensive coordinator, for the team's and Cam Newton's success in the 2010 championship season. There's no doubting that the future of Tigers football looks incredibly bright under Malzahn, who went on to win the Broyles Award in 2010 as top assistant coach in the nation.
Malzahn is also a top recruiter: Look no further than Malzahn's 2013 class, which finished incredibly strong and features 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson and 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Great college football starts with great recruiting, and Malzahn proved that he can recruit with the best of the best in the country.
It doesn't take a trained analyst to see that Auburn football is quickly trending upwards.
Conversely, Texas football has been somewhat stagnant, and some would even say that it's trending in the other direction. It shouldn't take that much effort for Auburn to convince Gresham to visit, especially if the Tigers' staff can continue to make a good impression with the 4-star fullback.
If that ends up being the case, the possibility of a flip could become very real for the Tigers.