— Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams) February 3, 2013
Following the Auburn Tigers’ train wreck of a 2012 season, the firing of coach Gene Chizik resulted in a train wreck on the recruiting trail. Several big-time high school prospects pulled out of their commitments to play in The Plains, including five-star linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive end Dee Liner.
To make matters worse, both of those guys are reported to be leaning towards Alabama. After Auburn’s 3-9 season, seeing two of the nation’s top guys head across the state to play for the national champion Crimson Tide only adds insult to the injurious season.
Finally, however, there is some fantastic news for newly hired head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.
Carl Lawson, a five-star defensive end, has reaffirmed his commitment to the program only days away from National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Lawson is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound monster who is expected to make an immediate impact anywhere he goes. Luckily, he will be taking his unique combination of size, strength and speed to Auburn.
Perhaps this is the tipping point the Auburn staff finally needed to start signing all of the recruits that scattered following the dismissal of Chizik.