Morale is definitely low on the Plains this week after Saturday’s beatdown by the Georgia Bulldogs, but a tough loss can’t distract first-year head coach Bryan Harsin from the importance of recruiting for Auburn football’s future classes.
Many recruits visited campus this past weekend for the ranked SEC showdown, and the Tigers picked up a commitment from one of their top 2022 targets in offensive lineman Drew Bobo, who happens to be the son of Auburn football’s offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
The lineman’s top schools were Georgia and Auburn, but the atmosphere in Jordan-Hare and the potential for playtime was enough to overshadow the disappointing loss for the 3-star.
The commitment of Drew Bobo could end up being vital in helping Harsin and the Tigers secure another major Auburn High School target, offensive tackle Eston Harris Jr. Both prospects play on Auburn High’s offensive line, as well as Auburn commit Powell Gordon.
Despite the loss this weekend, Auburn football was able to clearly show the recruits that they are needed on the Plains. Prospects were able to see that if they commit to the Tigers, they will get early playing time because this is a team that is in the process of being worked on by Bryan Harsin. If Gordon and Bobo can convince Harris to commit to Auburn football, there would be significant depth improvements for the offensive line.
After all, Auburn football’s recruiting class of 2022 needs every boost it can get. With a total of 12 commits, the fewest in the Southeastern Conference, the Tigers’ recruiting class of 2022 is sitting in last place in the SEC. Nationally, Auburn’s class of 2022 is ranked #40 and it’s made up of five 4-star recruits and seven 3-stars.
However, don’t be fooled by star status of high school recruits. Jarquez Hunter was a 3-star and Bo Nix was a 5-star. It all comes down to the fit of the team and the development of the players. Although the Tigers are currently at the bottom of the barrel in recruiting the SEC, that means the only way for them to go is up.