This week we’re taking a team-by-team look at some of the intriguing freshmen on SEC teams and who among them could be instant-impact players.
Next up are the Auburn Tigers, who finished with a top-10 recruiting class.
WR Nate Craig-Myers: In the spring, everybody was talking about Kyle Davis, the freshman wide receiver who enrolled early. Though he looked the part, Davis was limited because of a shoulder injury. Now the rest of the 2016 recruiting class is on campus, and the one to keep an eye on is Craig-Myers. No, he wasn’t there for the spring. But the former ESPN 300 recruit, ranked No. 37 overall, might be the most talented of the incoming wide receivers. And Auburn is in dire need of playmakers at the wide receiver position. Ricardo Louis, the team’s leading receiver from a year ago – is gone, which means the newcomers will have every opportunity to play early. Don’t be surprised if Craig-Myers is starting at some point this season, maybe sooner rather than later.
DT Derrick Brown: Ranked No. 9 overall in the ESPN 300, Brown was Auburn’s highest-ranked recruit in the 2016 class. It was fellow freshman defensive lineman Marlon Davidson who turned heads in the spring, but seeing as we’ve already about talked about him, let’s turn our attention to Brown, a giant of a man at 6-foot-4, 322 pounds. On signing day, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn called the five-star a “true impact player.” “We believe he’s one of the best players in the entire country,” Malzahn said. That bodes well for Brown’s chances of cracking the defensive line rotation as a freshman. It’s just a matter of how quickly he adapts to the college game.