SEC recruiting rewind: Auburn


The class

Recruits: 24 (all high school players). Three players are already enrolled in school.

Top prospects: Reese Dismukes is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 center in the country and Christian Westerman as the No. 2 offensive tackle. Kiehl Frazier is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback. Gabe Wright is ranked as the No. 3 defensive tackle, Erique Florence as the No. 4 safety and Quan Bray as the No. 5 athlete.

Needs met: Four senior starters from that offensive line this past season are gone, which makes Thomas O'Reilly, Gregory Robinson, Westerman and Dismukes such key signees. Now, if only Cyrus Kouandjio follows through and signs with the Tigers. There was a big need on the defensive front, too, which is why getting Wright on signing day was so important. Frazier looks like a perfect fit for Gus Malzahn's offense, and the Tigers also stocked up on safety help with Zac Etheridge and Aairon Savage departing and Mike McNeil entering his senior season.

Analysis: The balance of this class is what jumps out at you. Gene Chizik and his staff signed marquee players at just about every position. The Tigers needed offensive linemen and got four guys ranked among the top 10 nationally at their individual positions. Kouandjio would make this the strongest offensive line class in the country by a wide margin. The Tigers' defensive back class is also right up there, and they picked up a pair of athletes in Kris Frost and Bray that could help them in a number of different areas. Chizik really has it rolling right now. Coming off a national championship, the Tigers can boast their second straight top 5 class nationally.

ESPN recruiting grade: A