All of the pieces for Auburn’s 2017 season are slowly coming together.
Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who’s expected to be the frontrunner to start at quarterback in the spring, arrived on campus before the Sugar Bowl. Then after a ten-day search, Gus Malzahn hired Chip Lindsey to replace Rhett Lashlee.
Now the Tigers will add a few more key players on National Signing Day and ESPN doesn’t want to miss a minute. The network announced it would have a representative on the Plains for next week’s excitement.
Auburn will be one of 16 programs to host an ESPN reporter, who will work live from the school throughout the day. That guest will be former Auburn offensive lineman and SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic.
The Tigers currently have 20 commitments in their 2017 class. Seven of those athletes have already joined the team and started taking classes as early enrollees. The group, which includes Stidham and three other 4-star commits, will participate in spring practices when they begin on February 28.
Stidham, as well as 5-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley (Washington, DC) headline the newest group of Tigers.
Malzahn’s 2017 class is currently ranked No. 8 nationally according to the 247Sports composite database. Three SEC programs — Alabama, Georgia and LSU — sit above Auburn in those rankings. This year’s class will match the highest ever conference ranking Malzahn has earned.
Seven other ESPN reporters will travel to SEC schools including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky.