Auburn loses another Georgia football recruit

Auburn’s recruiting has taken some body blows since the firing of Gene Chizik.

At least six prospects have de-committed from Auburn since the coaching change, with 3-star linebacker Jarrad Davis of Camden County High School being the latest.

Auburn has lost 6 recruits since the coaching change. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been hustling around the Southeast to recruit since taking the job (AP)

Auburn has lost 6 recruits since the coaching change. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been hustling around the Southeast to recruit since taking the job (AP)

On Sunday, Davis switched his commitment from Auburn to Florida after taking an official visit with the Gators.

“When they had the coaching change at Auburn, he certainly didn’t know where he was going to stand with them,” Camden County coach Jeff Herron told the AJC. “So people started coming and looking at him, and they asked if he was open to looking at some other places – and he was, which he needed to be in that situation because we didn’t know for a couple of weeks what was going to happen at Auburn.”

Jarrad’s coach was informed on Friday that Florida was going to offer because there were academic concerns with another linebacker target. Davis quickly accepted. “I think Florida was the place that he wanted to go all along,” Herron said.

Within the last few weeks, Auburn has lost four longtime commits from Georgia:

  • WR JaQuay Williams, Sandy Creek: He signed with Auburn last year, but enrolled at prep school after not meeting NCAA requirements. Rather than sign again with Auburn, Williams opted to play at Texas A&M with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
  • LB Trey Johnson, Central Gwinnett: After growing close to a pair of Auburn defensive coordinators over the last two years and seeing both get fired, Johnson decided to open things back up. Ohio State now is considered the frontrunner (especially with Davis committing to Florida), with the Gators, USC, Penn State and Auburn (again) in the mix.
  • LB Reuben Foster, formerly Troup: The 5-star de-committed from Auburn after it did not retain father figure and mentor, assistant Trooper Taylor. Foster is looking at Alabama, Washington and UGA, but it was not surprise many if he ended up signing with Auburn in the end.

Auburn still has three commitments remaining from Georgia:

  • DE Carl Lawson, Milton: ESPN’s No. 2 overall prospect will likely visit Clemson, USC, Ole Miss and Auburn.
  • TE AJ Jackson, Lovejoy: The 6-foot-6 senior plans visits for Florida State (chief competitor), Mississippi State, Auburn and possibly Ole Miss.
  • P Jimmy Hutchinson, Harrison: Not talking to other colleges.

What’s the good news out of all of this for Auburn? Even though it’s a high turnover – at least right now – and it stings, it’s a perfectly normal situation after a coaching change. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been hustling all over the Southeast to recruit since he got the job. He met with Carl Lawson and Trey Johnson, among others, last week. He also checked in on 5-star DT Montravius Adams, who is undecided.

Auburn, which traditionally recruits strongly in Georgia, will likely regain recruiting momentum next month.

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62 comments Add your comment

Maximus

December 17th, 2012
4:31 am

http://sportsking76.blogspot.com/2012/12/recruiting-college-football-top.html
Things should settle down. People are freaking out about Chizik getting fired. Granted he got kind’ve a raw deal, and should have at least had another year. But it will settle down.

Bad Dawg

December 17th, 2012
6:12 am

The Gators are on a roll. Congrats to this young man and coach Muschamp. I guess he is a good coach after all.

Neutral

December 17th, 2012
6:55 am

UGa already has at least four “4 star” LB recruits and hopefully a 5-star LB very soon. I sincerely believe several of these guys will have a chance to play next year. Just wish Carl Lawson would look at UGa, but there must be an issue there.

huntdawg

December 17th, 2012
7:07 am

JB

December 17th, 2012
7:11 am

Chizik got a raw deal? Winning a NC and two years later not winning a conference game sends all kind of bells and whistles off. You build off a NC, not crash into the mountain. The firing was more than justified, especially in light of two coach’s being pulled off the recruiting trail since summer with questions by the NCAA. Auburn will struggle for another 1 or 2 years. Tennessee will also.

bubba4dawgs

December 17th, 2012
7:47 am

The DAWGS “D” line got shoved around this year, especially in the championship game. It turned out to be the biggest difference in the game….simply couldn’t stop the run which should be their strong point. The “O” line was a surprise……real proud of them! They gave Murray plenty of time to set up and throw….and the good news is that most of them will be back.

Grantham, maybe you can build a better line but it’s going to take some time! Maybe losing some of the ones you have will be a good thing! Let’s hope so!! GO DAWGS!!

Kingdaddy

December 17th, 2012
8:02 am

Our Defense will be interesting next year. I imagine the scheme will change to protect the weaknesses of the new starters. The run D has to improve. Granthams has his work cut out for him…

RedandBlackDAWG

December 17th, 2012
8:12 am

It is going to be a little harder in a lot of cases for these kids that they recruited to switch schools, in the future because in a lot of cases, most of the big schools are just about at their limit, with one or two openings left, and maybe none at the kids position. The 3 star got lucky, because it sounds like the kid originally recruited by them at that position, didn’t do his homework, so it sounds like he will have to go another route, say JUCO, to qualify in the future.
The big names out there still, have schools holding open slots for them, so they have no worries.

JB

December 17th, 2012
8:21 am

Would love to see Grantham focus on stopping the run with these new starters vs trying to build QB sack stats as to get noticed by the NFL. Most teams ran on Dawgs this year. The D was so hell bent on getting to the QB that the RB’s ran right passed them. I’m not sure how many teams allowed Bama 350 yards rushing?

Tampa Gator

December 17th, 2012
8:37 am

Why are all these Dawg fans on an Auburn and Florida recruiting site positing about coach Grantham? Don’t you have a Dawg site you can go post on these days? Jezzzzaaaamorarooooo….

GFY

December 17th, 2012
8:45 am

Tampa Jorts:

I know this may come as a surprise to you (sarcasm) but fans from other teams may actually pose as their hated rivals fans in order to make them appear to be foolish. I am sure not one gator fan has ever done so, however.

bjohndawg

December 17th, 2012
9:04 am

Good kid. Good offer from the Gators. Congrats to Jarrad!

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 17th, 2012
9:07 am

UGA has enough ILBs in this class – I wouldn’t hold my breath on Reuben Foster….. not sure if GA has good enough baby sitting service to suit him. Matthew Thomas #1 OLB on the other hand would be welcome. Montravius Adams isn’t going to Aubarn – it will be UGA or Clemson. Toby Johnson, Laremy Tunsil. Alvin Kamara, Tyrone Crowder….. these are the top priorities of UGA and would love to get a surprise WR but don’t see it in this class. Nkemdiche? NO – going to Ole Miss.

Bama Dawg

December 17th, 2012
9:13 am

I think the title of the column is College Recruiting, not Auburn and Florida recruiting site, so my guess is anyone is welcome to read the articles and post comments. But what do I know . . I’m stuck in Alabama.

Bam

December 17th, 2012
9:50 am

@Neutral…UGA didn’t offer Lawson because he is a 4-3 end and UGA runs a 3-4. He’s not big enough to go inside like Ray Drew, and Can’t stand up and set the edge like JJ.

Dawg

December 17th, 2012
9:54 am

Carl Lawson stated that he had 0 interest in UGA.

Even if UGA offered it would have been a real long shot.

UF has a great class going for them.

Dawg

December 17th, 2012
9:56 am

Crowder is Clemson’s to lose.

UGA not heavily persuing him at the moment.

JB

December 17th, 2012
10:01 am

The hires at Tenn & Au will hold most of this UGA class. They have 4 or 5 spots left and are aiming at the stars. Probably land 2 of them. As usual, Richt will leave them unfilled rather than throw out offers to see what sticks. It’ll be a top 10 class…..but that’s nothing new in Athens.

BG

December 17th, 2012
10:05 am

Auburn is a sinking ship.

LADog

December 17th, 2012
10:24 am

why go to auburn==their program is in disarray, under ncaa investigation. gus malzahn? get real–their offense was good only because of cam newton. he was a high school coach a few years ago. GA will beat auburn again like a rented mule in 2013===book it!

Bring Back Chizik!

December 17th, 2012
10:29 am

I hate that Aubern got a competent head coach in Malzahn. I was looking forward to another bumbling clusterfu%k season with the Big Cheeze in 2013. Oh well.

Les W. Moore

December 17th, 2012
10:32 am

It doesn’t matter who UGA signs. Underachievers, regardless.

Joey

December 17th, 2012
10:32 am

Don’t have anything to add on AU or UF, so congrats to Valdosta St for winning the NCAA Div II National Title.

Georgia Southern missed (barely) getting to their Gig Game. The Eagles dominated in yards and plays and led most of the game, but missed a FG to send the game to overtime.

Brilliant

December 17th, 2012
10:35 am

Amazing to see all these kids that don’t meet NCAA requirements, but they sure meet SEC requirements! Just sayin.

Joey

December 17th, 2012
10:45 am

Maybe the 6 Auburn recruits who have de-committed were forced to eat dinner at Gus Malzahn’s home, with his wife present.

MC, if you haven’t seen this, you should . . .

http://deadspin.com/5868492/heres-the-bizarre-kristi-malzahn-interview-somebodys-trying-to-sweep-off-the-internet

JB

December 17th, 2012
11:04 am

I’m not for gun control, ( handgun or hunting rifle) but there is no reason on Gods green earth to allow anyone to have an Automatic Assault weapon like that kid used. None.

Joey

December 17th, 2012
11:22 am

JB, the rifle was a semi-automatic. One pull of the trigger fires one shot.

Not that it matters to the families . . .

Ohno

December 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

My kid has a class with Carl Lawson, says he’s still 100% Auburn.

wde

December 17th, 2012
12:42 pm

Love all the “we have to stop the run “from our blog defensive experts…we won 11 games with our defense folks, we stopped a lot of teams a lot of the time…we do need to get better but gauging the entire defensive effort for the year on the Bama game is a little short sighted…there aren’t many teams with that OL or backs..

ryan

December 17th, 2012
12:51 pm

I still hope we get can Foster but if we don’t get him no big deal since we are loaded at ILB i would love to get Mathew Thomas but with FSU’s recent hiring may be hard i would not count out UGA in getting Tyrone Crowder yet Tunsil, Mon. Adams , Toby Johnson , and Kamara are all UGA’s to loose .

GTBob

December 17th, 2012
1:12 pm

Hey Michael, since you were giddy enough about Demarcus Robinson switching from Clemson to Florida to write a blog about it I am assuming there will be a blog about him switching back to Clemson?

Reasonable One

December 17th, 2012
1:17 pm

Lawson, Jackson and Johnson may be looking just south of Thomasville.

GTDog

December 17th, 2012
1:20 pm

Come on Tampa……you’re confused

Reasonable One

December 17th, 2012
1:22 pm

Demarcus Robinson has issues between his ears. Kid is a head case. That does not bode well for a top recruit. Neither Clemson nor UF would lose if he didn’t go there.

JB

December 17th, 2012
1:45 pm

The shooter had an extra bedroom of nothing but computers….wall to wall…..And I’ll bet you it’ll come out he had every one of those mass murder video games…..And his little sick mind took the education and learning into the real world.

Alphare

December 17th, 2012
2:05 pm

I am wondering why those 7-year-olds not armed. I am sure some are if they live down here in the south. According to some of friends’ theory, those 7-year-olds would stop the bastard right in the classroom.

Joey

December 17th, 2012
2:18 pm

Exactly, JB. And the reason the evil bastards go to schools, movie theators, etc, is they know no one will be armed.

At least this one blew his own brains out, unlike the last couple of freaks. Good thing too – Connecticut repealed its Death Penalty in April.

BigDave

December 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Tennessee also got Auburn recruit DB Lemond Johnson

ryan

December 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

JC Shurrburt of 247 sports staff predicts UGA will finish with L. Tunsil, Ruben Foster , Mon. Adams , Alvin Kamara .

bitter troll

December 17th, 2012
4:33 pm

lissen you “D” bag’s———————-When your offence either goes 3 and out—or scores in 4 play’s

——————The defence gets over worked————————need to run//run//run

—-murray stats look great—but the defence pays a price for the —QUICK SCORES

dawglova

December 17th, 2012
4:38 pm

JB please dude…football blog. This is where I come to get away from the madness of the real world. While it was absolutely horrible….that doesn’t even describe it, I have shed tears for those families. I would much rather talk dawgs with ya. You seem knowledgeable about the dawgs when a lot on here are not. Let’s save all that other stuff for a different time…..please man

dawglova

December 17th, 2012
4:44 pm

I am just kinda wary of foster. Just seems to be a drama queen/diva. I have heard from some high school
Coaches that say they are familiar with the kid(who knows of its true) and they have said his family and friends are nothing but trouble. If its true I would take a flier on him as we have some good
Lbs inside and out and it appears CMR finally cleaned out the cancerous tumors that have plauged this team over the past few yrs. No reason to bring in another.

Brown Dog

December 17th, 2012
4:52 pm

dawglova, well said. Sad times.

ryan

December 17th, 2012
5:00 pm

I agree what in Conn was terrible i was for people to right to own a gun but now i think there should be some tougher gun control laws we need to stop this .

dawglova

December 17th, 2012
5:13 pm

As I said I wish this didn’t have to be discussed on a football blog but control is not the issue. All gun control does is prevent honest citizens from owning/carrying a weapon. Criminals usually don’t register guns. I do agree that there could be stricter laws on WHO can buy guns ie, people with mental problems, peep on antidepressants and people with a violent past. But again these people don’t usually buy ” legit” guns. Absentee parents are the problem. Children with no male figure in the home, kids with the wrong male figure and yes like JB said these video games are way to violent and make death where it is not a bog deal to these 6-18 yr olds who play them. Parents need to know what is up in their child’s life and spend time with them. Just because a child wants call of duty doesnt mean to get it for them. There are parental advisories on games, movies, music for a reason. WAKE UP PARENTS..RAISE THE CHILDREN YOU GAVE BIRTH TO. It is the most important thing you will ever do.

dawglova

December 17th, 2012
5:20 pm

For parents that are unaware, check out some of these video games that your babies are playing. Between the f-bombs and the unbelievably brutal violence it will blow your mind. I just find it is an awfully big coincidence that these types of things didn’t happen when we were kids. Not to this extent.

dawglova

December 17th, 2012
5:24 pm

I am by no means a perfect parent…hell I may not even be a good one. But I try really hard to know what is going on in their world, friends, music,TV etc. And one more on gun control., I would be very wary of a government that will not allow its citizens to be able to defend themselves. Know can we talk some CFB please please please

dawglova

December 17th, 2012
5:32 pm

Ryan I agree with JB or whoever said I think we will get Kamara, Adams and one of the 4star big uglies.I just think with lacy, yeldon and the two other highly rated rbs going to bama that kamara knows its gonna be a while before he gets on the field. Though the injury to tyren jones could change that I think kamara could see immediate time at UGA as a sort of change the pace back. I also think boo Malcolm is gone after the bowl game. He wants to play but is just not a sec back…too slow

Brownies for everyone

December 17th, 2012
6:28 pm

Dawglova.. Not trying to bust your balls but it’s not video games doing this to kids. Your point about family is more spot on. The problem we have run into is that the parents if there is both get caught up in providing they allow the kids to play video games and they don’t get the needed founfpdation of principals and morals. I have played video games since the days of pong and can honestly say I have never had one inkling of doing harm to a other person. Also if you look at the recent situation the kid clearly had a personality disorder. The problem with this country is instead of helping someone in this situation we shun them from society. This causes angst and anxiety and a since of loneliness and no self worthiness..if you don’t think your own self is self worthy how do you think that he will feel about people who ostracized and probably in all sense made fun of him his whole life. I’m not condoning what he did. It was a evil and gutless thing that he did but there is all ways a sign and a reason. I feel society needs to wake up and deal with mental illness head on. If not who knows what is next..sorry about long rant -and go dawgs..

Ragamuffin

December 17th, 2012
7:21 pm

Hey Dogs, ESPN Classics is showing a replay of the 1982 Sugar Bowl. Enjoy!