Auburn football recruiting, national signing day: Today could be make or break for Tigers, with fewest commitments in SEC

jerickson@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 31, 2012 

AUBURN, Ala. -- The past three weeks have been relatively quiet for Auburn football’s 2012 signing class.

Ever since Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., tackle Patrick Miller changed his mind and enrolled early at Auburn, the Tigers have not gotten another commitment.

And that means today could make or break Auburn’s 2012 class. Beginning at 7 a.m., prospects can start faxing signed letters of intent to the school of their choice.

Going into the final hours of the 2012 recruiting season, the Tigers had 15 verbal commitments, the lowest number in the new 14-team SEC.

Rivals.com ranks Auburn’s class 20th in the country, Scout.com has the Tigers ranked 20th and ESPN.com ranks Auburn 19th, but those rankings could change drastically depending on today’s decisions.

Jordan Moore, a three-star safety from Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, Ga., was scheduled to announce his decision between Auburn and TCU after the Ledger-Enquirer went to press Tuesday night.

A receiver for most of his high school career, Moore’s recruitment took off after film of his play at safety in Martin Luther King’s three playoff games earned him offers from schools from Ohio State to Florida.

“It’s a miracle,” Moore said. “I only played three games on defense, and I spot-played one game.”

Three recruits have decommitted since former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn left to become the head coach at Arkansas State.

Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon switched to Alabama in late December and enrolled early. Junior college offensive tackle Will Latu decided not to commit to Auburn due to academic difficulty.

The third offensive target, four-star wide receiver Ricardo Louis from Miami Beach High in Florida, still might choose to come to Auburn.

Eight more targets are scheduled to announce today: Eddie Goldman, a defensive tackle from Washington, D.C., and Ronald Darby, a cornerback from Oxon Hill, Md. Both carry a five-star rating. Mainland, Fla., defensive end Leonard Williams, Oxford, Ala. linebacker Kwon Alexander and Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) offensive tackle Avery Young are all four-stars, and Sandy Creek guard Will Adams is a three-star.

Two more targets will decide after national signing day. Four-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond, a Chicago native, will announce his decision Friday, and five-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs, the No. 2 wide receiver in the country, will announce Feb. 10.

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