The stiff breeze from the southeast isnâ€™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?
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 Alabamaâ€™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.