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Hot Board: Auburn closing in on top-five class?

Gus Malzahn and Auburn hope to keep their season rolling along with a win over Georgia in the SEC title game. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Auburn Tigers are surging on the field, an SEC Championship Game win away from a spot in the College Football Playoff following wins over Georgia and Alabama to end SEC regular-season play. They're also on a roll on the recruiting trail.

Having moved up nine spots to No. 10 in the latest release of the ESPN Class Rankings following a quartet of four-star commitments since beating Georgia Nov. 11, Gus Malzahn and his staff have a shot at a top-five class with several top targets still on the board.

Here is a look at five prospects who could prove to pivotal for Auburn.