College Football Recruiting: Auburn Tigers Welcome Versatile Playmaker in 2014

By Tyler Brett
JD Mercer – USA TODAY Sports

The Auburn Tigers suffered one of their worst seasons in recent memory, failing to win a single game in the SEC last season. Gus Malzahn will need talented playmakers to make the turnaround a quick one and may have landed a key piece to get that done. The questions now isn’t whether four-star athlete Nicholas Ruffin will help Auburn or not, but rather where he will help them.

The Atlanta native is looking like he will be a versatile weapon for Malzahn in 2014. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Ruffin has the size, speed and athleticism to make an immediate impact at the next level. His ability to make plays on the football make him a strong candidate to play on both sides of the ball, either as a slot receiver in Malzahn’s spread offensive attack or as a cornerback/safety on defense.

Both positions are major areas of need for Malzahn and the Tigers. On offense, Malzahn could use him as a versatile playmaker, lining him up all over the field, whether it be in the backfield, in the slot or out wide, to create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. If he ended up on defense, he would provide a great deal of talent and some added depth to a position that has lacked a consistent presence in recent years.

One way or the other, Malzahn adds an athletic piece to the rebuilding puzzle at Auburn as he works on turning around the program he led to a BCS National Championship as offensive coordinator just a short time ago. Will Ruffin prove to be the key?

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