2016 Auburn Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Auburn Football Recruiting: Gus Malzahn put together a whale of a recruiting class that might be flying under the radar on a national scale, but could be good enough to get back to an SEC championship level.

    January 29, 2016


    2016 Auburn Football Recruiting: Gus Malzahn put together a whale of a recruiting class that might be flying under the radar on a national scale, but could be good enough to get back to an SEC championship level.


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    Auburn Football Recruiting Class Overview

    It might not have the bulk of the Florida class, or the star power of the Alabama and LSU hauls, but it’s a terrific class considering the Tigers missed out in several key battles. The defense got a little more help than the offensive side, but there are just enough elite prospects being brought in to build around – as long as a few of them play up to their billing. At the very least, if Alabama is the standard-bearer for all things Auburn right now, this class wasn’t all that far behind helped by getting DT Derrick Brown and WR Nate Craig to sign on.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Defensive linemen. The Tigers brought in a terrific class of receivers, but the defensive front ended up getting the most help overall with Derrick Brown and Antwuan Jackson a terrific pair of tackles to work around. The ends have the versatility to kick inside, with Prince Sammons and Marlon Davidson headlining a fantastic group.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    DT Derrick Brown, 6-4, 322 – This was the one who made the class special. It was a good class before, but to get an NFL-sized interior pass rusher who’s just scratching the surface – if he transforms his body a bit to good weight, look out – was a major coup. Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi State were all in the battle for him.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Receiver. It might not seem like that big a deal considering the passing game struggled so much, but the Tigers need to replace two top targets in Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray. The defense loses end Cassanova McKinzy and LB Kris Frost, but for the most part it should be terrific as long as it doesn’t have to try carrying the team for long stretches again.

    2016 Auburn Football Recruiting Class

    Woody Barrett QB 6-3 225 Winter Garden, FL/West Orange
    John Broussard Jr. DB 5-11 163 Phenix City, AL/Central
    Derrick Brown DL 6-4 315 Sugar Hill, GA/Lanier
    Marlon Character DB 6-0 175 Atlanta, GA/Grady
    Nick Coe DL 6-6 269 Asheboro, NC/Asheboro
    Nate Craig-Myers WR 6-2 205 Dade City, FL/Tampa Catholic
    Marlon Davidson DL 6-3 281 Greenville, AL/Greenville
    Kyle Davis WR 6-2 208 Loganville, GA/Archer
    John Franklin III Ath 6-1 174 Ft. Lauderdale, FL/East Mississippi CC
    Brodarious Hamm OL 6-5 322 Griffin, GA/Spalding
    Antwuan Jackson Jr. DL 6-2 308 Ellenwood, GA/Cedar Grove
    Paul James III LB 6-4 258 Miami, FL/Copiah-Lincoln CC
    Tashawn Manning DL 6-4 260 Apopka, FL/Wekiva
    Marquis McClain WR 6-2 209 Crestview, FL/Crestview
    Malik Miller RB 5-11 218 Huntsville, AL/Madison Academy
    Jayvaughn Myers DB 6-1 185 Dade City, FL/Pasco
    Landon Rice TE 6-5 246 Rome, GA/Calhoun
    Prince Micheal Sammons OL 6-8 280 Clarksville, OH/Cincinnati Hills Christian
    Eli Stove WR 6-0 175 Niceville, FL/Niceville
    Tré Threat LB 6-0 246 Geneva, AL/Spanish Fort
    Daniel Thomas DB 6-0 190 Montgomery, AL/Robert E. Lee

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