INSIDER: Auburn recruits react to 0-2 start

What do Auburn recruits think of the team’s 0-2 start?

They’d like for Auburn to have more wins, of course, but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the same type of widespread panic and hotseat rumors like that were swirling around UGA last year after a similar 0-2 start. “We’ll be fine” seems to be general sentiment at Auburn.

Perhaps no out-of-state school recruits the state of Georgia as well as Auburn, which has 17 commits for its 2013 class, including five from the state (without counting 5-star transplant Reuben Foster).

We asked the Auburn recruits simply what they thought about 0-2:

  • LB Jarrad Davis, Camden County: “It’s definitely a rocky start for Auburn, but it is what it is. Every good program, they go through a rough time. They’re struggling at the beginning of the season, but I’m looking forward to them bouncing back and playing some real football. I think they’ll be good.” Davis said he hasn’t talked to any other school and doesn’t have any plans to do so.
  • P Jimmy Hutchinson, Harrison: “They’ve had a tough start but I think they will get back on track. I think the QB needs to get more comfortable in the pocket, and they need to tackle better on defense. I think they’ll come back and have a positive year.” Hutchinson, who is averaging 43 yards per punt, is hearing from UCLA but will only visit Auburn.
    UGA will get the chance at Dawg Night to court longtime Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson of Central Gwinnett HS (247sports.com)

    Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson: "Nobody just stays on the top, and nobody just stays on the bottom" (247sports.com)

  • LB Trey Johnson, Central Gwinnett: “You know, they’re struggling. But they’re just going to have to overcome the areas they are struggling in and finish the season strong. I think they’ll be fine, even if this is a down year or whatever. They’ll come back. They’ll rise up. Nobody just stays on the top, and nobody just stays on the bottom. It always changes, and they will come back up.” Johnson plans to visit other schools and has not revealed which ones, but said that Ohio State and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest, along with Auburn. “It’s kind of open with my visits. I haven’t set up anything yet. I’m playing it by ear. Right now, I’m trying to focus on the season. We’re 2-0 and we’re trying to make a run this year.” Johnson did say his flirtation with UGA is over. He visited with the Bulldogs over the summer, but hasn’t had any communication since. “I didn’t really talk to the coaches that much while I was there. I was mainly talking to the players. The coaches came around, and we said a couple of words. We kind of talked a little bit. But you know, Georgia is not really the place for me. I just didn’t feel it like I felt other places.”
  • DE Carl Lawson, Milton: “We’ll have to bounce back from it. That’s about it. I can see they need help. I’m not going to specifically call out any positions. But there’s some areas they need some help. I think they will play hard the rest of the season to win the games.” Lawson said he’s hearing a lot from USC, Tennessee, Ole Miss and UCLA but will wait until after the season to decide if he’ll visit other schools. “My top priority right now is my high school team. That’s my focus.”
  • TE AJ Jackson, Lovejoy: “It’s a little surprising but hopefully they will get back on the right track soon. They need to get comfortable on offense with the quarterback, and then the defense needs to tighten up. Hopefully, we’ll finish the season strong and win six games so we can get to a bowl game.” Jackson said he’s hearing a lot from Florida State, Tennessee and Ole Miss, but plans to visit only Auburn as of right now. “I’ve got to talk with my parents and my coaches at Auburn about that.”

DT Montravius Adams watched both rumored frontunners, Auburn and Clemson, at the Georgia Dome (247sports.com)

DT Montravius Adams watched both rumored frontunners, Auburn and Clemson, at the Georgia Dome (247sports.com)

CALLING ALL SCHOOLS: A ton of college scouts are expected to travel to South Georgia on Friday to see Dooly County play Wilcox County. More specifically, they will be there to observe Dooly County DT Montravius Adams, who is ranked as the state’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247sports. Alabama assistant Chris Rumph watched Adams last week, while UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, along with assistant Will Friend, have already confirmed for Friday. “I know there’s a lot more coming, and I will know more later this week,” Dooly County coach Jimmy Hughes said. Auburn and Clemson appear to be the leaders for Adams, who is also strongly considering UGA, Florida and Tennessee, among others. Adams has scheduled an official visit to Michigan State. In two games, Adams had 17 tackles, including 5 tackles for losses and two sacks. He also has one caused fumble, one broken up pass, and one carry for one touchdown. “Sometimes he has as many as three blockers on him,” Hughes said.

ROBERT NKEMDICHE UPDATE: Without telling reporters the night before last time, Robert Nkemdiche quietly made an unofficial visit for Ole Miss’s season opener to watch his older brother  lead the team in tackles. Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson, and visited the Tigers last weekend. This week? He will be back at Ole Miss for the Texas game, and the source is his older brother, Denzel Nkemdiche. He told 247sports that his little brother will be there, along with “a lot of his friends committed to Clemson” … Nkemdiche tweeted at this reporter on Thursday, saying “No one pay attention to what he has to say about me, it’s made up.” When I contacted Nkemdiche, he was specifically upset about the story saying his mother was “upset” at Clemson and “it was not a done deal.” After being informed that the story was reported by ESPN and not the AJC, Nkemdiche deleted the tweet.

Nick Saban is off to another strong start for 2014 (Special)

Nick Saban is off to another strong start for 2014 (Special)

THE FUTURE: It went a little under the radar because he’s a junior, but Bo Scarborough of Tuscaloosa, Ala., committed to his hometown school, Alabama, last Friday night. Some consider the 6-foot-2, 220-pound RB to be a “lock” as a 5-star prospect. Up until a few weeks ago, Scarborough had said publicly that UGA was his leader. His commitment to Alabama might actually help UGA with its chances at two seniors this year, Norcross’ Alvin Kamara (undecided) and Walton’s Tyren Jones (committed to Alabama but told ESPN he will take an official visit to UGA).

PREDICTIONS: Jake Rowe, the UGASports.com Recruiting Analyst, broke down the board for UGA offensive linemen and had this to say about 5-star Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla. “Tunsil has a top three of UGA, Florida, and Alabama right now, but the word around the five-star tackle is that Georgia is the leader, Alabama is second, and Florida is barely hanging on. Tunsil has stated that he likes Georgia’s playbook, and has formed a great relationship with Georgia assistants Mike Bobo, Will Friend, and John Lilly. Tunsil has also gone on the record as saying that his mother’s favorite visit was to Georgia.” You can read the rest of Jake’s analysis by clicking here ($).

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Daisy Fuentes

September 12th, 2012
1:16 am

Randall "Pink" Floyd

September 12th, 2012
2:09 am

If Derrick Henry goes to Alabama, the Tide will be a major player for Tunsil. Not a package deal, but he and Henry are very tight.

7576DAWG

September 12th, 2012
3:04 am

The Auburn recruits better get ready for a lot more losses. Last weekend was the worst I have ever seen Auburn play. I predict Auburn will lose either 7 or 8 games this year and won’t go to any bowl game. Let’s see what the recruits think at the end of the season.

Mountain Dawg

September 12th, 2012
3:20 am

We are loaded at RB. Tunsil is the guy we need.

RedandBlackDAWG

September 12th, 2012
6:43 am

Randall “Pink” Floyd

September 12th, 2012
2:09 am
Brice Ramsey and Henry were also tight when he was a verbal to UGA. This kid is going to go most likely to the school that can insure he will start right away at RB, and that is not Alabama or UGA. I would think that Tenn. would be his choice since they are in desperate need of a RB.
His going anywhere is not going ot have an effect on L. Tunsil. His mom and he will decide what is best for him as far as coaches, playing time and were he will be most comfortable at. I think he will be in the Red and Black next year.

Bama Fan#2

September 12th, 2012
6:56 am

MEMPHIS GATE!!!
WATCH THE BARN BURN BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blackoutanyone?

September 12th, 2012
7:08 am

MC.. next week would’ve been a better time for this blog. Many expect this to be a rough week for the barn.

Game Changer

September 12th, 2012
7:09 am

UGA has a particular so called espn guy who over the past couple of years rogue as a “street agent”. Concerning although several other big time programs are doing the same thing.

MC be careful of espn, they like to start rumors which in no way are based on fact. With the problem coach Urban now out of the SEC, espn is desperate for a new BS’r and problem maker like Urban. Without Urban, espn has lost 95% of there information about sec programs.

Game Changer

September 12th, 2012
7:18 am

Tennessee is a major player with Henry and Kamara, they could both commit to Tenn. Tunsil is a question mark for several reasons at this time and all claims are speculation.

Neutral

September 12th, 2012
7:49 am

I have been out of the country and missed this one. What is “Memphis gate”?

Ogeechee Dawg

September 12th, 2012
7:51 am

The Auburn recruits are correct in saying that Auburn will bounce back – things do go in cycles and Auburn has new OC and DC this year – so they are going through a learning curve.

Very similar to UGA adjusting to Grantham and the 3/4. His first year, the team has a losing season – last year – we played great at times – but could not stop anybody in our redzone and choked in several games.

TidePride

September 12th, 2012
8:00 am

Auburn is getting use to their new coaching – and will improve. It is fun to see them get beat! I will enjoy it while I can.

At the end of the day – it looks like the SEC is down – with the exception of Alabama and LSU.

FL. UGA, TN, USCe, ARK, Miss ST. MO, TAMU and Ole Miss – all pretty much average and in the parity pack. Nothing really impressive about any of them and they have the potential to beat up on each other. UGA will lose a few games this year – embarrassed thmeselves against Buffalo – OLINE was horrible against Mizzou and so was Murray – the most overated QB in the history of the SEC. Joe Cox is a better QB and did not overthrow or under throw his receivers like Murray does.

Take Jones off UGA’s team and you are 1-1 and a suspect program like Mizzou is in first place in the SEC Least.

TidePride

September 12th, 2012
8:02 am

And just how long has it been sinve UGA had a decent O-Line? 2005?
When Henry commits to BAMA – Tunsil will follow.

TidePride

September 12th, 2012
8:03 am

Like riding in my truck ………. Auburn sucks!

Neutral

September 12th, 2012
8:25 am

Or, when Tunsil commits to UGa……Henry will follow!!!

UGA is about to go on a run

September 12th, 2012
8:27 am

UGA doesn’t hang it’s hat on 1 player (like the Barners did with Cam). #3 in country with active players on NFL rosters. The current UGA teams has 9 players on Defense that will play in NFL.

UGA is only going to get stronger. Remember, UGA was Richt’s 1st head coaching job; whereas, Saban has coached NFL and other colleges.

Richt is learning while he goes but UGA is close to getting it right. With UGA’s resources, recruiting base, academics, Athens, …, and so on, it would not surprise me if UGA wins 2 or 3 national titles in the next 12 years. Richt’s program is going to only get better. He’s the Dean of SEC coaches and it looks like he’s going to survive the malaise in the program over the past 4-5 years.

Only the best is ahead! Brice Ramsey, don’t forget, is on the way.

ugab

September 12th, 2012
8:31 am

Uga was in the same 0-2 position last season. I have never liked Van Gorder or Martinez..

Unodawg

September 12th, 2012
8:34 am

@TidePride, better watch out, just heard that W Kentucky just sacked McCarron again. You have a top o-line that allows 5 sacks against W Ky and you nitpick ours.

uncle kirk

September 12th, 2012
8:38 am

TidePride.

You really are an idiot. Did you ever see Cox play. Stupid comparison. Pick the best player Alabama had and take him off the team, would they have won a NC….NO….plus, your tide didnt look so hot this weekend against a no name. Had to score with 3 mins left just to put up 35. Not a bright poster at all.

Neutral

September 12th, 2012
8:57 am

Did anyone notice that the SEC has 6 teams in the top25 nationally…..and 4 are in the East!!! Maybe the 2 best are in the West, but overall it looks like the East is now the toughest side of the conference. P.S. If UGa had losttoMissouri in a close game there would be 5 teams in the top25 from the East!!!! Looks like we will soon be able to talk about our tough schedule and Bama’s weak schedule!!!

GeoffDawg

September 12th, 2012
9:00 am

I will say this about Alabama because I was very surprised to learn it this morning: they are 113th in the nation in sacks allowed. WKU got to their QB 6 times on Saturday. They’re more beatable than I originally thought; Jarvis Jones would likely get to their QB before the ball does.

GeoffDawg

September 12th, 2012
9:02 am

RN may have deleted the tweet but he didn’t apologize or post any kind of correction. Doesn’t speak highly for the maturity of this kid.

Holy Guacamole

September 12th, 2012
9:02 am

Pride goeth before a fall – Tide. Even the recruits know that no one stays on top.

Holy Guacamole

September 12th, 2012
9:07 am

Don’t know about you guys, but I am really weary of seeing RN ’s and RF’s name in print. I have had all the drama I can stand for one recruiting season. Had to believe that grown men fall for the drama of teenagers (some with kids already).

Holy Guacamole

September 12th, 2012
9:11 am

hard to believe

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
9:17 am

Good job MC,
Tide Pride acts like Alabama never, ever lost a football game or looked bad winning a game. Give us a break dude, your program is one violation away from the DEATH PENALTY! You are an idiot who thinks your team will never lose another game. Do you know how stupid you sound? Enjoy your success and try a littel harder not to be such a putz…

cattledawgs

September 12th, 2012
9:21 am

Henry is headed to rockytop. Alabama is 2 deep and UGA has to studs at rb right now.

Mightydawg

September 12th, 2012
9:26 am

Don’t forget that Saban’s Tide team also lost to UL-Monroe a few short years ago.

Grantham's The Man!

September 12th, 2012
9:36 am

Auburn’s in a steep Decline!

Chizik is now paying the price for doing it the Saban way. You can’t let players do as they please, even when you have the local PD on board. Letting players do drugs and drink while underage, with no chance of Discipline, along with really bad player evaluation skills is going to do Chizik in.

Wait until the other three of the AU Fab Four go to trial and all those dirty facts start coming out. Chizik is a sinking ship. Time to jump overboard!

Those AU Recruits better realise that this and last season is what you get from a Chizik coached team, minus $cam Newton.

Go to Auburn if you’re looking for a legit shot at instant playing time but get ready for a coaching change in the next two years at the most.

DC

September 12th, 2012
9:39 am

Neutral…rankings mean nothing…look at Arky…

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
9:42 am

All UGA needs to do is win baby, win. Foster wants to know how much it cost to remove a little ink? I’d rather start 2-0 than 0-2. I can hear Cheese-nip now, “UGA went 0-2 to start last year, then ripped off 10 straight. We can be just like UGA, urrrr I mean we can win a couple in a row. Can’t we? ” Poor ol Tiggers…
What’s up with Western Kentucky putting 6 sacks against the best Oline in the world? Yes they won the game, but something’s not right there. Coverage sacks? QB too slow? Scheme skewered ? Western Kentucky need to be ranked in the top 20???

GeoffDawg

September 12th, 2012
9:42 am

Was that UL-Monroe Saban lost to? I thought it was UL-Lafayette. Either way, point taken. Anyone can lose on any given day if you don’t come ready to play.

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
9:45 am

Neutral
Good to have you back…

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
9:47 am

RedandBlackDAWG

September 12th, 2012
9:49 am

I hope Alabama fans don’t hold their breath waiting on Tunsil. Might even be a a stretch to think Henry ends up there. Where does he fit in with the stable of RB’s already there. Is he going to convert to TE or LB. He most likely will go to a team that needs a freshman running back to start.
Tide Pride. If you did indeed have any pride in your team or state or possibly even yourself, you would realize with all of your negative comments about other teams, most look on you as a clown versus a fan of any university. I get the feeling, if Auburn were in the Tide’s place, you would be a Tiger fan. I am sure AL.com would appreciate your comments much more than the average UGA fans does on this forum, but possibly, not even there. A big dose of maturity would serve you well.

Crap

September 12th, 2012
9:58 am

AL/AR game this weekend: playing for 2nd place behind ULM.

CC

September 12th, 2012
10:01 am

GO DAWGS!!!!

Gorilla Biscuit

September 12th, 2012
10:31 am

The Dawgs will gorilla stomp Auburn yet again this year. :)

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
10:36 am

RedandBlackDAWG
Very eloquent way of telling Mr. Pride he is FOS. You fluent, persuasive use of the English language empowers you and lifts us all from the mire of this mudhole know as the AJC/recruiting blog. Thank you sir, you are a DGD and belong in the DAWGBLOG-HOF..

Bama Time

September 12th, 2012
10:52 am

I hope 2013 recruit Tyren Jones is not concerned about a 2014 signee. Competition is a part of life where the better person usually wins. If TJ is as good as I think he is, then he should not be scared of the competition as the AJC is trying to make it out to be. Most top recruits are not. Considering that Alabama has 3 healthy running backs in true freshmen TJ Yeilding, Kenyon Drake, and redshirt freshman Dee hart (who is not an everydown back) and a not complete healthy Eddie Lacy. More RBs are needed.

UGA Insider

September 12th, 2012
11:05 am

7576DAWG,

Worse than a bad record this year will be this…… NCAA probation and the firing of Chiz. However Auburn will try and get Petrino quickly to keep the group intact.

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
11:11 am

Bama time
What article did you read? Where in this article does it say the AJC is trying to make out that Tyren is afraid of competition? If you’re scared of losing more recruits, say you’re scared. Don’t put words in the article that aren’t there or even implied…

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
11:15 am

Insider
Petrino is just not a stable coach. Auburn needs stability at HC. That will not happen with Petrino…

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 12th, 2012
11:21 am

It’s done. Henry is going to a crowded depth chart at Bama – no doubt. Tunsil is going to UGA -bet on it. Auburn is going to have a nightmare year……. possibly a losing record. This may sway Adams and Foster to reconsider UGA. UGA will get either Kamara or Tyren Jones – no room now for both. Georgia has about 2 to 5 spots available at this time but signing day is a long way off. OL recruits Tunsil and Crowder and DL recruits Montravius Adams, Kelsey Griffin and Toby Johnson and WR MarQuez North and RB Alvin Kamara and Safety Vonn Bell are the most wanted in this class. So if UGA has 5 spots lets’s go with Tunsil, Crowder, Kamara, Bell and one of the three DT’s Adams, Johnson or Griffin. That would bring in the #1 class in the nation. IF UGA can get win the SEC east and beat Bummer/LSU in the SEC champ game they will likely be BCS championship. Long way to go til signing day. Commits will drop off and others will come on board. For example if Crowder and Tunsil both sign with UGA then expect at least one committed OL to go else where. Class is getting a bit crowded but still room for a few more.

Pitbull

September 12th, 2012
11:27 am

Auburn has a problem with cheating. Always has.

Want to read about it in the New York Times of all places?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/sports/ncaafootball/25rhoden.html

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 12th, 2012
11:30 am

UGA’s WR’s are starting to show up. Get Malcolm Mitchell back over to the “O” in a few weeks along with Tavarres King and Brown. Few college teams have enough quality to cover all three of these guys in single coverage. Bummer’s trouncing of Michigan was over rated. Michigan won’t even be in the top 20 by the end of the season. They are slow and only have ONE threat on offense – the QB. UGA has a chance, if the OL can avoid serious injuries, to be right there with LSU/Bummer at the end of the year. This is the year of the DAWG.

DC

September 12th, 2012
11:38 am

UGA insider…there is no way they will want/get petrino…you are just going off of schultz little “joke” last week…dumbest thing ever stated..well that and UGA 2012/13 national champs..

DC

September 12th, 2012
11:39 am

pitbull..NY Times…yeah same people who backtracked several times throughout the Newton investigation..they are on the level of Joe Schad…

UGA Insider

September 12th, 2012
11:52 am

Yesterday I predicted Auburn would beat out Miss St….. that is for who would be on NCAA probation first. I read an article about a coach who witnessed a $200 handshake between a MSU booster and WiIl Redmond. The race is picking up steam… both programs are very sleazy but MSU may have the inside track as of now.

kingdaddy

September 12th, 2012
11:59 am

As the Sun rises in the East, it sets in the West. The balance of power is slowly shifting once again in the SEC…