Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wasted no time recruiting next year’s class. The ink hadn’t dried yet on Wednesday’s signees when the coach was busy calling nearly 50 high school juniors to let them know he wants their services on The Plains.
Malzahn told Brandon Marcello of Al.com the Class of 2017 could be special.
“We’ve been thinking about the juniors for a long period of time,” Malzahn said. “Every year it seems like it gets earlier and earlier.”
Auburn has offered scholarships to 114 members of the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. The Tigers have three commitments, including five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley (6-foot-7, 307) from Orlando, Fla. Ashley is ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in next year’s class.
“I appreciate our staff through the transition,” Malzahn said. “We lost three of our coaches, and they did a wonderful job. They are a very hardworking and loyal staff.”
Auburn, which finished No. 9 in the Class of 2016, had to replace former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson and offensive line coach J.R. Grimes.
New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, new defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and new offensive line coach Herb Hand entered the recruiting scene late for the Tigers, but will now have a full year to work on next year’s class.
“Our staff has done a good job,” Malzahn said. “[Wednesday] was a really good day. They got me on the phone with close to 50 guys coming up and I think that’s a great thing. I’m excited to recruit those guys and I know our coaches are too.”