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Auburn recruiting needs

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Auburn found out the hard way last season how difficult it was to implement the spread offense without recruiting to it.

The Tigers get a second chance this year with a new staff and a new version of the spread. Gus Malzahn brings his spread offense to Auburn from Tulsa, and the Tigers are looking for playmakers that fit his style.

Gone are senior receivers Rodgeriqus Smith and Robert Dunn, and new Auburn coach Gene Chizik also announced that junior receiver Chris Slaughter won't return next season.

Travante Stallworth of Leesville, La., should prosper in Malzahn's system. He's elusive with great speed and could also wind up being an explosive return man. Brandon Heavens of Bessemer, Ala., is also one of those guys capable of lining up in several different spots.

Last season was a painful reminder for the Tigers that you better have a quarterback who's comfortable running the spread offense if you're going to have any success in that system. Junior Kodi Burns returns next season and hopes to play with more consistency than he did in 2008. The Tigers also have a quarterback committed in this class in Clint Moseley of Leroy, Ala.

On defense, Auburn lost two key underclassmen to the NFL draft -- tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and cornerback Jerraud Powers. Adding defensive line and cornerback help is a must on signing day, as well as replenishing the offensive line depth now that center Jason Bosley and guard Tyronne Green are both gone.