The Auburn Tigers are obviously way ahead of schedule. After finishing 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC in 2012, the Tigers fired head coach Gene Chizik and hired former Tigers’ offensive coordinator and Arkansas State Red Wolves’ head coach Gus Malzahn. In Malzahn’s first year, the Tigers went 12-2, defeated the rival Alabama Crimson Tide, won the SEC Championship and fell just short of a National Championship, losing to the Florida State Seminoles 34-31 on a last second touchdown.
On Monday, the Tigers beat out the Seminoles and several other teams when they earned a pledge from one of the top recruits in 2016, 5-Star wide receiver Nate Craig.
“They told me I’m the No. 1 guy on their board,” Craig told AUC. “They said they’ve got guys that are juniors that will probably be one-and-done and leaving after that.”
The coaches were the most important factor in Craig’s decision.
“The relationship with the coaches,” Craig said. “They make you feel like family
Craig announced his commitment via twitter.
First off I wanna Thank God for blessing me with the talent I have, and want to thank all the schools that recruited me!
— NITRO (@NitroNate9) July 22, 2014
The 6’3, 205-pound Craig is from Tampa, Florida and attends Tampa Catholic. Craig is ranked as the second-best wide receiver prospect in the country, the second-best overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 17th-best prospect in the clas of 2016, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Southern Cal Trojans and many others have offered Craig.