Auburn Daily’s Lance Dawe wasn’t going for The Spun’s Coach Prime suggestion for Auburn football — listed alongside Ohio State and Florida as potential future Deion Sanders suitors –, instead believing that Hugh Freeze will eventually right the ship on the Plains with the recruiting momentum he has translating to on-field results.
“Despite a 3-2 record, Hugh Freeze and Auburn seem to be trending up off of the field,” Dawe prefaced before saying, “The Tigers currently have two five-stars committed to their 2024 class, with a top-20 ranking overall. If the recruiting continues, its hard to believe the on field product won’t underneath Freeze and his staff.”
Freeze has been flipping recruits from Georgia and Alabama, though it should be noted that Coach Prime has flipped recruits from recruiting-but-not-actual powerhouses Nebraska and Miami himself. Both just started at new programs, and neither should be seen as a flight risk after just one season.
Auburn football not replacing Hugh Freeze anytime soon
Don’t pay attention to those calling for a Freeze replacement. The Oxford, Mississippi native is just getting started at a program (and fanbase) that is embracing him just as much as he is embracing the recruiting grind for them.
At the same token, already projecting Coach Prime to a new school is irresponsible. While it’s no guarantee that Sanders will remain in Boulder for the rest of his coaching career, there will at least be a second season with the Buffs; with Shedeur Sanders looking to raise his draft stock and Shilo Sanders exhausting his final year of eligibility.
With the 2023 season still not close to being concluded, there’s no telling what schools may change the narrative by the end of the year. Perhaps AU and CU turn out to be two of them, and any Sanders-to-Auburn chatter can then take an indefinite hiatus.