Every Auburn football recruiting class has one enthusiastic commit who is willing to spread the word about the glory of ole Auburn — the Class of 2021 had Holden Geriner, the Class of 2022 had Damari Alston, and the Class of 2023 had Bradyn Joiner.
2024’s class clearly has its guy now too. Little Rock Christian quarterback Walker White is vocalizing to other recruits his desire to see them join him in Hugh Freeze’s first full cycle as Auburn football head coach.
White tweeted about Chalkville 4-star offensive tackle Jac’qawn McRoy, Rome 4-star tight end and Alabama de-commit Martavious Collins, and 4-star Andalusia running back J’Marion Burnette in the first three days following his decision to join Freeze at AU.
Auburn football recruiting will reach another level under Hugh Freeze
It has been an immediate turnaround for Freeze on the recruiting trail in December 2022 and January/February 2023 since being hired in November. That he was able to land a top-20 class by Early National Signing Day was a testament to how things would change on the Plains in gridiron talent acquisition.
Now, with the Class of 2024 having an anchor at quarterback, Freeze’s first full recruiting class is taking shape — and has those who’ve been invited into it excited about who else could join them.
Of course, even under Bryan Harsin, guys were excited to be Auburn Tigers. The brand has the cache to make a believer out of just about anybody. The difference is that Freeze may have the juice to make it sustainable.
Given his prior exodus from the SEC, Freeze is grateful for every moment he spends as Auburn football head coach. This is the perfect chance for him to become the kind of coach synonymous with his affiliation to a single team ala Nick Saban at Alabama and Dabo Swinney at Clemson.
The Class of 2024 will be the first class to give us a definitive idea of whether that can happen. So far so good.