No matter how many recruits Auburn signs in Mobile, Alabama will win the Mobile area. Saban has so totally dominated in-state recruiting, that he is now able to take only the cream of the crop, while Auburn must find quantity instead of quality.
From todayâ€™s Mobile Press-Register Mike Herndon column:
“Nick was new and everybody wanted to jump on that bandwagon,” said Vigor coach Kerry Stevenson, whose all-purpose star, Burton Scott, signed with the Tide in February. “He’s hand-picking what he wants now.”
Indeed, even with an increased presence from Auburn, Alabama still landed commitments from the two most coveted prospects in southwest Alabama this year â€” Foley defensive tackle D.J. Fluker and St. Paul’s quarterback AJ McCarron.
While Auburn is trying to find the undiscovered gems (you know, the ones that Southern Miss and La. Tech and not the SEC have offered), Alabama and Georgia and Florida are taking the best.
And the trend is showing in the Mobile area.
Could Auburn win the Mobile-area recruiting battles this year? With Fluker and McCarron going to Alabama, that’d be a stretch regardless of how the numbers come out. But no matter what happens the rest of the way, the Tigers have already done better here than they did last year.
When all is said and done, Auburn’s class will be mediocre in the SEC. It will once again finish below Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and LSU. Can you win titles when you consistently finish below the top SEC programs in recruiting?
That is highly doubtful. Just ask Steve Spurrier how important athletes are. He had them at Florida, but is having a tougher time at South Carolina. And Spurrier is a much better coach than Tuberville. Though to be fair, Spurrier may be even lazier than Tuberville.