No matter which way you split it, 2023 is a rebuilding year for the Auburn football program. With newcomers making up over half the roster and a first-year coaching staff, this year is about building up the program and bridging the gaps that exist between the Tigers and other top teams in the SEC.
Head coach Hugh Freeze knew from the beginning of his tenure on the Plains that recruiting was going to be one of his biggest battles, and he stated that the classes of 2024 and 2025 were going to be make or break for the program.
In the opinion of one Auburn football commit, the class of 2024 is going to help “make” the program. 2024 defensive line commit TJ Lindsey made his way to Auburn’s campus to watch the Tigers face off against the #1 Georgia Bulldogs, and like many others, he was impressed with the defensive performance, per Auburn Rivals:
"“I love Coach Roberts’ defense,” Lindsey said. “It’s aggressive, it’s smart. He gives them freedom, with good restrictions with stuff that need to be done. He definitely has a play-making defense, I feel like we just need to get a few more play makers.”"
And Lindsey himself plans to be one of those playmakers. The 4-star defensive lineman is ranked as the #33 defensive lineman in the recruiting class of 2024 and is the #38 recruit out of Florida. Originally from Arkansas, Lindsey moved to Florida over the offseason to finish his high school career at IMG Academy.
He spent time with several other class of 2024 Auburn football commits during the Georgia game, and he believes that they will make a big difference for the program next season:
"“It was definitely a good time, we all mesh well,” Lindsey said. “Everybody talked to everybody. We’re all excited, we think we’re really gonna come in and make that impact, make the difference early.”"
Lindsey plans to return for the Iron Bowl at the end of November, and will likely make it to another game beforehand.