In terms of recruiting for the upcoming 2013 season, an elite high school recruit choosing Auburn over Texas A&M might seem like Donald Trump choosing to sleep in a homeless shelter over a palace — it just was not going to happen.
However, that was precisely what took place when four-star wide receiver Tony Stevens made the announcement that he would be flipping his commitment from the Aggies to War Eagle Nation.
After finishing with 11 wins in his program’s first season in the SEC, A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has been cleaning up on the recruiting trail. He has brought in several top-notch recruits that may have normally signed with former football big brothers Texas.
On the other hand, following an embarrassing 2012 season that resulted in three wins and the firing of coach Gene Chizik, Auburn has seemingly suffered a mass exodus of their formerly committed top-notch recruits.
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Newly hired head coach Gus Malzahn has been desperate to keep his commitments on board and on campus.
Finally, after losing some of his top young men over the last few weeks, Stevens may be signaling a rebirth in Auburn recruiting for Malzahn and his staff.
As a senior at Evans High in Orlando, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound receiver had 29 catches for 516 yards and seven touchdowns. He told AL.com that assistant coach Demayune Craig had a lot to do with Stevens’ decision.
“It was big. He’s a cool guy. He’s funny. He’s just down to earth and knows how to have fun,” Stevens said.
Craig is one of the best quarterbacks in the history of Auburn football.
If he can continue to bring in recruits at the level of Stevens, the future of the Tigers program can be just as successful as its past.