Auburn football head coach Hugh Freeze could lead the Tigers to a top 10 2024 recruiting class by the time signing day rolls around given his momentum from a massive final week of July — one in which he flipped 5-star Foley WR Perry Thompson from Alabama and 5-star Chilton County LB Demarcus Riddick from Georgia — according to On3’s Keegan Pope.
“Among the biggest reasons for bringing Hugh Freeze to Auburn was his ability to stockpile talent,” Pope said in an article highlighting the biggest recruiting winners in July. “He has done so through the transfer portal this offseason, but what he’s done on the recruiting trail has been even more impressive. In the span of just a few days, Freeze flipped not one, but two five-stars committed to Georgia and Alabama. The Tigers sit inside the top-15 of the On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings, and it would be a surprise to see them hovering near the top 10 by signing day.”
AU is now tied for third with the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and Florida State for the number of 5-stars (two) landed so far in the 2024 class with the flips of Thompson and Riddick. The Tigers are still at the bottom half of the SEC when it comes to overall recruiting rank but with the current state of college football, there figures to be plenty of movement between now and even early national signing day in December; let alone the start of the 2024 season.
Auburn football moving in the right direction during a massive transitional period in college football
With conference realignment peaking in 2024 with the SEC adding Texas and Oklahoma, the Big 12 responding with Colorado and a team to be named (Arizona?), the Big Ten bringing on USC and UCLA, and the Pac-12 seemingly set to respond to all of it, there’s a tangible shift in college football happening imminently.
With so many unknowns, it’s good to know that Freeze and his Auburn football coaching staff are doing what’s necessary to keep the program competitive in an increasingly competitive national landscape.
A lot of money is about to move in the sport and the Plains looks to get a hefty share of it because of the off-field work Freeze is doing to enhance the on-field product.