Spring training of 2022 has come to a close, and Auburn football’s coaching staff will now have the chance to look at their current roster, the transfer portal, and their recruiting strategy heading into the summer months, which will be filled with traveling to high schools and hosting recruits on campus.
May 1 is the deadline for college football players to enter the transfer portal ahead of the 2022 season, and head coach Bryan Harsin and his staff do not expect to lose any players on the current roster to the portal.
Following spring training, the coaching staff took the opportunity to evaluate each player on a one-on-one basis, where each player met with their specific position coach and then with Harsin to offer feedback on everything from their conversations with coaching assistants to their thoughts on their standing with the team to their goals for the upcoming season, per Auburn Undercover:
"“What are they hearing?” Harsin said. “Making sure between the coaches and the players, we’re on the same page. They’ve got three goals academically and three goals football-wise.”"
While it’s likely that Auburn football will have very few, if any, players deciding to enter the transfer portal before the May 1 deadline, the coaches are still looking at bringing portal players to the Plains in addition to resuming their “Tiger Takeover” recruiting strategy.
After all of the chaos surrounding Bryan Harsin last season, the staff is devoting a lot of energy to recruiting in high schools across the state but also around the country, working to build bonds with the coaches even if there aren’t currently any Tiger targets at their respective schools.
"“We want to show people that we’re trying to get this thing back right,” [Cadillac] Williams said. “Auburn is about relationships, family and serving other people. That’s what we’re about. The past few weeks, I think we’ve knocked it out of the park.”"
With a few strong additions to the roster from the transfer portal, it looks like Auburn football will be in good shape heading into summer workouts.