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Don't sleep on Auburn's class

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

One of the biggest signing day surprises thus far in the SEC has to be receiver DeAngelo Benton of Hargrave (Va.) Millitary Academy signing with Auburn.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Benton is one of the top prep school players in the country and had signed with LSU on two different occasions. He's originally from Bastrop, La., and most people thought he would re-sign with LSU again.

But he sent his scholarship papers to Auburn on Wednesday morning, which started the ball rolling for the Tigers. They quickly picked up another receiver in Emory Blake, the son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, and are pretty much done at this point.

First-year Auburn coach Gene Chizik surrounded himself with proven recruiters such as Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper, and the Tigers filled a bunch of needs and did so with some players nobody saw them having a chance with a month ago.

In addition to Benton, running back Dontae Aycock of Tampa, Fla., sort of came out of nowhere. He's rated by Scouts Inc. as the 28th best athlete nationally and primarily played quarterback in high school. The Tigers were also able to go out and get the multidimensional quarterback they felt would best fit in Gus Malzahn's spread offense -- Tyrik Rollison of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

There could be a late addition to the class, too. Running back David Oku, who had been committed to Tennessee for some time, now says he will wait and sign on Thursday and will choose between Auburn, Syracuse and Tennessee. Oku, who's from Midwest City, Okla., is rated by Scouts Inc. as the 13th best running back prospect in the country.