Losing in the 2014 BCS National Championship was a tough pill to swallow for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers, but coming back from a terrible season in 2012 in which they finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 overall was the nation’s biggest turnaround. Malzahn now has the Tigers in the national spotlight once again and it’s starting to show as Auburn landed four-star DE Andrew Wlliams on Wednesday afternoon.
The four-star DE marks the 22nd player to commit to the 2014 class for Auburn and the 10th four-star to sign with the Tigers in the class. Williams was ranked the 17th-best defensive end in the nation and the 13th-best recruit in the state of Georgia in a loaded 2014 class for the state.
Auburn will look to utilize the 6-foot-4, 251-pound defensive end right away as he is one of the most imposing forces in the class and could make an instant impact on the defensive side of the ball.
Williams runs a 4.70 40-yard dash and has been praised for his excellent pursuit on defense. The kid moves very well for a big guy and will be able to keep up with the speedy talent in the SEC.
It seems like the No. 8-ranked class for the Tigers — according to Rivals — keeps on growing and they could once again be in the conversation for national title contenders in 2014 as they are already back in the conversation for the nation’s elite teams.
Malzahn is building a powerhouse in Auburn, Ala., and it looks like the No. 1 recruiting class of the Alabama Crimson Tide will have quite the rivalry for years to come.
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