Auburn fans exhale

The stiff breeze from the southeast isn’t that hurricane swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. No, that stiff breeze was the collective exhalation of the Auburn nation. They finally landed a recruit that Nick Saban offered a scholarship.

I know. Hard to believe.

Is it the start of a trend?

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Probably not. They say, even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally.

Auburn landed Jonathan Atchison of Douglas, GA. By all indications, Auburn landed a fine linebacker in the person of this Rivals three-star player. He is now the 23rd commitment in the class for the Tigers.

While we are talking about recruiting, Auburn may actually sign a worse class in 2009 than 2008 if the trend continues. The Tigers signed 29 last year and 30 in 2007; the Tigers already have 23 for the 2009 class. And does anyone (outside of Auburn) believe this class will rank above LSU, Georgia, Florida or Alabama’s 2009 class? And that really is the problem for Auburn. When you finish below your biggest rivals on a consistent basis in recruiting it can take years to repair the damage.