Quick analysis of the 2012 recruiting class – Offense
It’s time to give you a few of my thoughts on the 2012 recruiting class, as well as layout some of the key aspects of it and see who may have the bigger overall impact on the program.
Quarterback – The Kentucky native Zeke Pike headlines this position group, the 6’5 220 lb playmaker has the confidence that every coach looks for in a quarterback, as well as a real toughness that is tough to find in eighteen year olds. Pike will come into 2012 with a clear shot to earn the starting job. Though doubtful, he may see some snaps this year depending on how he does in spring and fall practices.
Jonathan Wallace also joined the class as a latecomer on signing day. Wallace is a 6’2 205 lb QB that has enough speed to become a dual threat at the next level. The question is whether he will stay at quarterback, if Loeffler likes what he sees early on, the chances of that happening are pretty high.
Runningback/Fullback – Jovon Robinson knew what his responsibility was when TJ Yeldon de-committed, he comes into Auburn with a chip on his shoulder, eager to prove himself at every chance possible. Robinson is a tall runningback who has a non-stop motor, and a pretty nifty cutback move that will send the fans into a frenzy. Expect Robinson to make an immediate impact next season.
Jay Prosch is an All-American fullback that transferred in from Illinois, the Mobile native will get the chance to be the bulldozer on a heavy run offense and provide solid protection for his runningback and quarterback. Prosch is a large kid, and will knock you off your feet at every given chance. Expect Prosch to become an immediate starter at fullback.
Wide Receiver – Although this area could still potentially get stronger, JaQuay Williams is the star of this position group. Williams is a large body with enough speed to burn you on a deep pass and enough strength and power to hit you at will. JaQuay will make a deep push for a starting role next season, and will grind it out with an already elite receiver group. He will still get plenty of starting time regardless of his position on the depth chart. (Here is an interview I did with Williams back in the summer)
Ricardo Louis is the second receiver of this class, who had an up and down recruitment before eventually signing with Auburn on Wednesday. Louis is bigger than people think, weighing in at 210 and standing 6’2 tall. He has the chance to get a good amount of playing time next year, which I expect to happen.
Tight End – Loeffler has to be salivating at the tight-ends on Auburn’s roster, because yet again Auburn finished with another solid group of tight-ends. Ricky Parks and Darrion Hutcherson are the two pickups, both will provide a lot of upside and size to the offense. They join an already outstanding lineup of tight-ends, and it will be interesting to see who will step up this year in Lutzenkirchen’s final year at Auburn.
Offensive line – Auburn pulled in another great offensive line class this year, headlined by Avery Young, the signing day surprise. He joins early-enrollee Shane Callahan, Patrick Miller, Will Adams and Robert Leff. It’s tough to predict immediate impacts with lineman, as very few actually start as freshman. Callahan and Miller have an edge since they will go through spring training, and I believe Leff will redshirt so he can gain more weight (currently 255 and growing).
Overall this is one of the best offensive classes to date, a lot of these players will make immediate impacts and will contribute a lot during their careers. It’s a good group of kids and I wish them all great futures.