Quick analysis of the 2012 recruiting class – Defense
After going through Auburn’s offensive recruits, it’s time to analyse each area of the defensive group and give my thoughts on where I see each player contributing in their careers.
Defensive Line – It’s a small haul of defensive lineman, but doesn’t lack quality as this area is headlined by Gimel President and Tyler Nero. President is a 6’3 240 defensive end who holds a lot of potential, his early playing prospects might be limited as Auburn is currently very deep at this position.
Nero is a another underrated pickup right out Escambia. He has a motor that just never stops running and plays with a real toughness that could potentially propel him into a starting role further in his career. He may get snaps in 2012 but I don’t expect him to get many.
Linebacker – Auburn made two big signings at this position, the first one being the highly coveted Cassanova McKinzy. He is a large 6’2 230 linebacker that could project at either inside or outside linebacker at the next level. He has tremendous tackling skills and is fast for a kid his size, I’m excited to see him out there in 2012.
Javiere Mitchell was the second signing. From what he lacks in size he makes up for in heart, Mitchell will continue to progress as long as his weight gains go smoothly. Right now, I see that being the major barrier between him getting on the field in 2012, and redshirting. He may need to get to 215 before he gets playing time, and right now he is around 200 pounds. Although in fairness, Auburn’s need for linebackers is high right now.
Defensive backs – Auburn signed three corners in the 2012 class, the big one being Josh Holsey, a 5’9 corner out of Creekside, GA. Holsey’s athleticism is off the charts, he always seems to know where the ball is going and those type of instincts are unteachable. Holsey will definitely see the field a lot in 2012 and could push for a starting role immediately.
The other two pickups were Jonathan Jones and TJ Davis, both are underrated corners and could be solid additions for Auburn in the near future. In my view, Davis is the gem of this class. His offer list was insane and his high school film just screams “stud”. Both Jones and Davis are incredibly fast and speed is always helpful in the secondary. Expect both to play limited snaps in 2012.
Overall it was a small defensive class, but filled with a lot of quality and skill that will be eager to see the field in 2012. Though we may have missed on a few, the entire class looks to be a success and fingers crossed that they all make it to campus in June.