Auburn loses 7th football recruit since Chizik firing

Auburn has now lost seven football recruits since Gene Chizik was fired.

AJ Jackson, a 6-foot-6 tight end from Lovejoy High School, de-committed from Auburn on Tuesday. Jackson had been pledged to the Tigers since last May.

Should Auburn be worried about losing all of these recruits?

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“I just wanted to let you know that I de-committed from Auburn … and keep my options open until I take my visits and see who has the best interest in me,” Jackson told the AJC.

Jackson is the seventh overall recruit that Auburn has lost since the coaching change – and fifth from the state of Georgia. The others:

  • Ja’Quay Williams: The former Sandy Creek WR is now headed to play with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.
  • Jarrad Davis: The Camden County LB flipped to Florida this past weekend.
  • Trey Johnson: The Central Gwinnett LB is rumored to have Ohio State as his frontrunner, and he will also visit Penn State, Florida, USC and Auburn.
  • Reuben Foster: The former Troup LB broke it off with Auburn because he was upset that they did not retain assistant Trooper Taylor, who is a mentor and father figure to Foster. However, there is popular sentiment that Foster, who has a gigantic Auburn tattoo on his forearm, will end up signing with the Tigers.

Auburn has dwindled down to two recruits in Georgia, Milton DE Carl Lawson, and Harrison punter Jimmy Hutchinson. Lawson, ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN, is still committed to the Tigers but will visit other schools, including Clemson and Ole Miss.

A month ago, Auburn had 7 commits from Georgia. Now they are down to two, including DE Carl Lawson (AJC)

A month ago, Auburn had 7 commits from Georgia. Now they are down to two, including DE Carl Lawson (AJC)

What about AJ Jackson? He will take official visits to Florida State on Jan. 11 and to Ole Miss on Jan. 25.

For new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, this is to be expected when there’s any coaching change, although this is a larger number of de-commits than normal for this type of situation. Malzahn will likely regain recruiting momentum next month and finish with a respectable class.

RELATED: Lovejoy DB Tyrell Brown has gotten offers in the last few weeks from UAB, Presbyterian, South Carolina State, Shorter, Tennessee State, Virginia Union, Alabama A&M, and Tennessee-Chattanooga. Brown will visit UAB on Jan, 11.

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54 comments Add your comment

Brown Dog

December 18th, 2012
3:18 pm

Clearly, Auburn has been running a ponzi scheme, boasting about their top-rated recruits who clearly lacked character AND the coaches to make them better.

bill

December 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

Based on what I have read Jackson and Davis were “cut loose” so to speak. Gus and his new staff evaluated and decided they wanted to look at other guys for those spots. Certainly losing Foster, Johnson, and Williams stings, although Foster will likely end up back at Auburn.

Fact

December 18th, 2012
3:22 pm

This decommit was expected. Malzahn and our staff haven’t contacted him recently and seemed to not care if he stayed or not. Williams, Johnson, Foster, and Davis were still wanted and have all moved on except for Foster. The other 2 decommits were also not re-recruited by the new staff.

RTR!!!

December 18th, 2012
3:37 pm

But wait…does this mean UGA will try and take a 31st commitment? Hmmmm….guess oversigning isn’t so bad after all, huh? So glad the barn is imploding – only hope dawgs join ‘em soon. RTR!!!

Auburn 4 life

December 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

Maybe the morons from UGA can offer AJ to play QB since they recruited Cam Newton as TE … HAHAHAHA

Gcock

December 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

Good riddance g

mmmhmmm

December 18th, 2012
4:36 pm

Foster has moved on too

Destin Dawg

December 18th, 2012
4:39 pm

downward spiral will take 2 or 3 years to play out… and a new coach !!

DP

December 18th, 2012
4:53 pm

I can certainly understand a punter remaining committed to Auburn. With the number of punts available there he could set single season and career NCAA records for punting yardage.

Ragamuffin

December 18th, 2012
4:53 pm

Is Foster and his baby girl going to UGA? I hope so!

Brad

December 18th, 2012
4:55 pm

Hey Carvell, you may want to update Trey Johnson’s visit list. He replaced Southern Cal with Tennessee now that Thigpen is one of our new assistants.

yellowfever

December 18th, 2012
5:02 pm

you know what I say to all this. WHO CARES.

LT

December 18th, 2012
5:11 pm

These recruits are backing off Auburn because they desire to have a real chance at making it to the next level (NFL). The offensive and defensive schemes the new coach runs will not prepare and position a great abundance of players for the next level. The advanced high school offense and defense has seen it’s day, just ask Yellow Jackets fans.

GT = 11 time loser to Mark Richt

December 18th, 2012
5:11 pm

Foster is not signing with Auburn

Mad Dog One

December 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

What tight end would want to play in a spread offense most want to play in a pro style where they might get on the field. all I can say is it couldn’t happen to a better bunch. GO DOGS & GATA

Moist Dawg

December 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

I don’t know why anyone would want to even visit auburn, let alone commit. The town smells, the school is in the miiddle of a cow field, and I get nauseous every time I drive through. if I were to give the US an enema I would stick the tube right in Auburn…or tuscaloosa…or maybe gainesville.

Brick

December 18th, 2012
5:54 pm

Good to see the Wah Eaagle fans here giving their spin. I guess that motto the barn has been using, “we are all in” got lost in the last few months. To all SEC fans AU’s fall was fun to watch, but the best part was they tried to keep the one responsible for ruining their program on staff, I guess they are afraid he might name the infamous “bagman” if he was fired. But Malzahn, after being there for a couple of years realized what a cancer he was and sent him packing, too bad, I enjoyed the train wreck. Wah Eaagle Baaaybeee

Mountain Dawg

December 18th, 2012
6:04 pm

There’s no reason to vote on these articles any more. They never show the results.

Really?

December 18th, 2012
6:23 pm

Maybe they all decided a third world country masquerading as a state was not a good place to go to college.

Dawg 4 Life

December 18th, 2012
6:27 pm

Hey “Aubarn for Life”, those “morons” (as you refer to them) in Athens have kicked your teams arse six of the last seven years….and that’s a fact, Jack!

Rick James

December 18th, 2012
6:28 pm

@Auburn 4 life

Maybe the morons from UGA can offer AJ to play QB since they recruited Cam Newton as TE … HAHAHAHA
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I guess in your eyes Richt should have switched Matt Stafford to tight end so Cam could play quarterback..I’m sure Cam would have played tight end if Georgia had paid his daddy enough money.Looks like Auburn should have invested that money in a better coach.

Jake

December 18th, 2012
6:29 pm

too bad the guy can’t speak properly, but then again, he is from the GA schools system “see who has the BEST interest in me” WTF !!!!!!

A person SMART enough to know.....

December 18th, 2012
6:56 pm

OUCH…………..It is getting UGLY.

greatballsoffire

December 18th, 2012
7:48 pm

Your report says Auburn loses another recruit. You just wrote that Gus was in town talking to Lawson so apparently”insider looking from outside” Auburn is looking elsewhere. This is going to happen when you fire the entire staff and start from the ground up. “Lost” is really not the best word. Malzahn is a great recruiter and probably wants to recruit his own players. By the way UT and Kentucky have also recently “lost” players from Georgia.

bitter troll

December 18th, 2012
8:48 pm

5 yards from being in the national championship game————-any other sec teams that can make that statement—————–or ACC TEAMS——————–Thought so

——————DAWGS ARE FOR —REAL—————Deal with it LOOSER’S

Dave

December 18th, 2012
9:29 pm

Gotta love jealous dawg fans. You always know you are in the presence of losers when they mention head to head victories, as if your recent streak and success against auburn has brought you jack. Stupid dawgs haven’t won the sec in 7 years. Meanwhile auburn has crystal and has beat the dogs 50 plus times. We are so hurt. Why would a uga fan want to discuss series leads anyway? They are tied with auburn, have losing records to Alabama, Lsu, and tenn, and an embarrassing head complex with Florida. You guys are awesome. Yawn. Gonna be funny watching uga start playing a real schedule again. All the mark richt haters will emerge again when they realize they are small time. Must have been nice racking up all those wins against struggling teams while losing to anyone with a decent team. You make the sec look bad. Losing to central Florida, Boise, Colorado, ok state, and getting your butts handed in title games doesn’t get you respect. Bla bla.

Dave

December 18th, 2012
9:32 pm

But you should be proud guys. You did hang in there with Alabama. You guys are the kings of moral victories. Oh five yards….bunch of babies

Dave

December 18th, 2012
9:40 pm

Lol. Couldnt even win the sec with the nfl number one draft pick in stafford. Now Aaron Murray has 9000 pass yards and gonna beat every passing record and he will be 0-4 in sec titles. Ha. Gotta love it.

Dave

December 18th, 2012
9:49 pm

Hey dawg for life……you didn’t spell auburn correctlly. Don’t get auburn confused with uga logic. There is only one school that prides itself on intentionally spelling with a southern twang and that is the dawgs you bleeding redneck.

tad

December 18th, 2012
10:45 pm

Dave is a big crybaby.

Hairy Dawg

December 19th, 2012
6:03 am

Haha! The War Tigers is loosing all their recruits because of Coach Cheese Dip. Serves them right for hiring $180K Clams Newton and that cheat shotting Nick Fairly. They pulled a Vandy Commode-esque SEC 0-for this year. Haha!

Hairy Dawg

December 19th, 2012
6:14 am

And another thing. The War Tigers is learning lesson to not get caught crossing state line to recruiting players in GA. Dawgs own running of state and that means we own players in state. Awful Burn better not get caught with hand in cookie jar trying steal recruits from state of GA unless Dawgs send them rejects that we don’ts want.

AU2

December 19th, 2012
6:35 am

AU has the crystal trophy from 2010. Ga’s last title–32 years ago–enough said.

AJ

December 19th, 2012
7:02 am

DAVE is a dick

Crap

December 19th, 2012
8:12 am

AU bought crystal in ‘10, then paid for it with a 0′fer in ‘12. But they took care of LA-Monroe in OT, so they got that going for them. And, yes, Dave is that.

Ohno

December 19th, 2012
8:43 am

Watched that kind in the State playoffs. Looked pretty gawky and slow. Not a good fit or Gus.

Dog fans : the new coliseum in Aub has a display with the Nat Champ trophy and 3 Heisman trophies check it out – (as close as you’re gonna get)

Bama Fan #2

December 19th, 2012
9:18 am

Dumpster Fire!!!!!!!!!!!! BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!!!!!!

KR

December 19th, 2012
10:12 am

It is clear from Auburn’s 2012 results that things weren’t working. These recruits that are being “lost” were the choices of the previous coaching staff – the same coaching staff that produced 2012. Bringing in a new coaching staff was the only alternative. The decommits were expected and in some cases, counted on.

Change is good.

deebow

December 19th, 2012
10:14 am

Over-rated DAWGS…never gonna win the big games.

Dawg-Gawn

December 19th, 2012
11:55 am

@Mountain Dawg:

Generally, it works best, if you review the results before you vote… if not, click the refresh option on your computer, this should also provide the look you are seeking but very little intelligent thinking or voting on any AJC article… just saying!

2014 recruit DE Lorenzo Carter 6′ 5″ 225 lbs Norcross Ga, (Norcross HS) will receive his long awaited scholarship offer from UGA,maybe for Christmas or at least by the end of this month!

UGA coaches Mike Bobo, John Lilly, Will Friend and Bryan McClendon will be visiting with 2013 recruit OG Tyrone Crowder at his home in Rockingham, NC this Thursday (12/20/12)

2013 recruit ILB Reuben Foster will be spending time at the house of his good friend and 2013 UGA commit (EE) Tray Matthews assisting in Tray’s move to Athens… while also hopefully receiving some very good parental guidance from Tray’s parents.

UGA could close this 2013 recruiting class out with 4 five star,(Tunsil, Foster, Thomas & Adams) 2 four star (Kamara & Crowder) and the 4th rated JUCO player in the nation (Johnson) what a class!!!!

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

7576DAWG

December 19th, 2012
12:58 pm

Dawg-Gawn
I sure hope that your prediction is right because if it is I see at least 17 of the 2013 recruits able to play as Freshmen or in their first year at Georgia and more importantly be able to contribute to the 2013 Dawgs in a dominate meaningful way. If Georgia can prove they can reload every year like Alabama does and stay in the top ten, Georgia can reclaim the number one destination for in- state future recruits.
If we finish out 2013 with the group you mentioned , believe it or not , I think Georgia can be better than 2012 Dawgs.

Gene

December 19th, 2012
1:15 pm

It appears that Gus is taking a hard look at Trooper Taylor’s type of recruit. This approach will pay off in a year or two. Any kid who chose Auburn because he wanted to be “mentored” by Taylor, is a big risk.

7576DAWG

December 19th, 2012
1:34 pm

If Richt can cut off the State of Georgia recruiting pipeline that Saban has established after 2013 Alabama will no longer be able just to reload and the fall off in talent may make Saban try something else. I can see Alabama not being a top ten team as early as 2013 and the latest 2014.

Hairy Dawg

December 19th, 2012
3:29 pm

We got to defend the state of GA from bad infleunces like Saban and Cheese Dip. When the Bammers and Awful Burns coaches come recruiting in GA we need to cut off there manhoods. Don’t let them in state to steal players that Dawgs own.

Andy

December 19th, 2012
4:18 pm

Does the same rules apply to Richt in No Carolina, SC and Fla No one has to worry about Richt man hood cause he’s aWussy

Andy

December 19th, 2012
4:37 pm

UGA has won the SEC east 2 years in a row and got beat in the SECCG both years and you Dawg fans talk like you have won the Super Bowl!

kerryb

December 19th, 2012
4:41 pm

I don’t think Foster ends up at Auburn just because he got a tattoo. The tattoo wasn’t necessarily because he loved Auburn that much. He got the tattoo in honor of his cousin who died in the shooting last summer who was an Auburn Football player. In an article I read he said he plans to put angel wings on it.

kerryb

December 19th, 2012
4:42 pm

Andy= bitter village idiot

daddo

December 19th, 2012
6:58 pm

Alabama not being a top ten team as early as 2013? Watch, they open preseason Number One and make a strong run at three national championships IN A ROW, while u clay eaters continue to brag “we were just five yards short of a national championship.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Hairy Dawg

December 20th, 2012
7:40 am

No! Cutting off there manhoods don’t apply to Coach Richt. For lots a reasons Coach Richt recruiting any where he wants doing it. He more Christain than other coaches like Saban and Cheese Dips. That make difference in being Christians. And no teams own running of states like SC, NC FL like Dawgs own GA. And that why we shut off teams stealing recruits in state that Dawgs own. It makes all difference in knowing how that rule applies to stopping Bammers Satan and Awful Burn new coach Mouth-On.