The Auburn Tigers pretty much came up with aces during the 2017 college football season, winning the SEC West and finishing ranked in the top 10 of the final AP poll. The momentum from the Tigers’ 10-4 season carried over to the recruiting trail where once again War Eagle Nation was given a lot to cheer about in respect for what lies ahead. But which member of Auburn’s 2018 recruiting class could make the biggest impact this fall?
Per the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, Auburn may have slipped from No. 8 in 2017 to No. 12 in ’18, but do not let the rankings fool you. In 2017, the Tigers were given high marks for inking one five-star, 10 four-star talents, and 11 three-star prospects. If the recruiting stars mean anything, one could argue Auburn just signed an even better class than the year before with 16 four-star players and eight three-star prospects. The Tigers were third in the SEC behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 7 Alabama while finishing comfortably ahead of Florida (No. 14), LSU (15), Texas A&M (17), South Carolina (19), and Tennessee (20).
Auburn always recruits well leaving very little space for incoming players to steal some playing time, but if there are any newcomers capable of making something happen, watch for these five.
Asa Martin, RB
Martin heads to Auburn as one of the top 10 running back prospects in the nation. He joins the Tigers in a time of need after both SEC Offensive Player of the Year Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway declared early for the NFL draft. Head coach Gus Malzahn gets an added bonus with Martin, who is an early enrollee. With extra time to prep him for the 2018 season, expect Martin to fill the all-purpose void Johnson left behind.