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  Signing Day Review

Your future Auburn Tigers made things official on National Signing Day 2017. Head coach Gus Malzahn and the coaching staff celebrated over the signing of 26 players that are either already on campus or will be arriving in future months.

The Tigersí signing class finished in the top 10 of most recruiting sites, which has become a regular occurrence under Malzahn. However, Auburn also finished behind four Southeastern Conference foes ó Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Auburn has several holes on each side of the ball that new signees could fill immediately.

Offense

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been a Tiger for about two months, but this presence is still creating a buzz. The JUCO transfer has an odd story, which includes not playing in junior college after transferring from Baylor, but based on his No. 1 ranking of JUCO players, the kid is a stud.

Stidham enrolled early, so heís already had time to start learning the playbook and work with coaches. The only question mark on Stidham is if heís Auburnís answer at quarterback.

Whether itís Stidham, returning starting QB Sean White or any other player taking snaps, offensive line coach Herb Hand picked up a big-time player in Calvin Ashley. The 5-star offensive tackle is listed at 6-foot- 6, 310 pounds ó already a man. With Robert Leff graduating, Ashley could make a move into the starting lineup for the Tigers this fall.

Four-star prospects Austin Troxell and Nick Brahms are both slightly underrated for their talent levels. Both are coming off ACL injuries, which has caused them to fly below most radars. Fully healthy, they both have a chance at winning a spot on the line.

Auburn signed athletes Malik Willis and JaTarvious Whitlow who could both make an impact this fall, at least on special teams. Whitlow, a Lafayette High senior, has already been announced as moving to receiver, while Willis is still listed at quarterback. Both players run the 40 around 4.6 seconds, so speed and athleticism isnít shortcoming. Expect to see both on the field this fall, the only question being where.

This yearís signing class did have one novelty ó two tight ends. Four-star prospect Sal Cannella from JUCO comes in from Scottsdale, while 3-star John Samuel Shenker joins the team as a true freshman. The Tigers in the past havenít used tight ends unless the talent level has been clear, but itís possible recruiting both Cannella and Shenker will show a change of pace for the offense.

Defense

The strength of the defense in 2016 will also be a spot that needs replacing this fall. To re-up the line, Auburn picked up a huge add with 4-star end Markaviest Bryant. Bryant entered signing day with his future unknown to the public, and his announcement to become a Tiger sent a buzz through social media.

The linebacker positions had three signees, but none bigger than 4-star prospect Tadarian Moultry. Moultry is ranked seventh nationally at linebacker and has a real chance to make an impact as a freshman.

In the secondary, the Tigers will have a new coach in Greg Brown, but the talent is still coming in, even though the signing class had a few misses. Auburn welcomes in two 4-star recruits in cornerback Malcolm Askew and safety Carlito Gonzalez. With a new coach for the position itís likely the four spots will be open entering spring and fall practices. Any of the four signees should have a chance to fight for a spot in the rotation.

Auburn 2017 Signing Class

Markaviest Best 4* DE, Crisp County (GA) High

Tyrone Truesdell 3* DT, Laney (GA) HS

JaTarvious Whitlow 3* ATH, Lafayette (AL) HS

John Samuel Shenker 3* TE, Deerfield-Windsor (GA) HS

Malik Willis 4* ATH, Roswell (GA) HS

Alec Jackson 3* DE, Jeff Davis (AL) HS

Sal Cannella 4* TE, Scottsdale (AZ) CC

Traivon Leonard 3* CB, Oxbridge (FL) Academy

Jarrett Stidham 5* QB, Baylor

Noah Igbinoghene 4* ATH, Hewitt-Trussville (AL) HS

K.J. Britt 3* ILB, Oxford (AL) HS

Jordyn Peters 3* S, Muscle Shoals (AL) HS

Devan Barrett 4* ATH, Tampa Catholic (FL) HS

Nick Brahms 4* OG, Navarre (FL) HS

Anders Carlson 3* K, The Classical Academy (CO)

Austin Troxell 4* OT, Madison (AL) Academy

Malcolm Askew 4* CB, McAdory (AL) HS

Chandler Wooten 3* OLB, North Cobb (GA) HS

Tadarian Moultry 4* OLB, Jackson-Olin (AL) HS

Carlito Gonzalez 4* S, Stephenson (GA) HS

Alaric Williams 4* RB, Southside (AL) HS

Calvin Ashley 5* OT, St. Johns College (DC) HS

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