A day after starting his Auburn tenure with a 59-14 victory over UMass, Hugh Freeze is not resting.
Freeze and his workers scored an enormous dedication on Sunday as Mater Dei Excessive Faculty (California) offensive lineman DeAndre Carter (No. 42 total within the 2024 ESPN 300) pledged to minimize on the Plains.
“I went in there with expectations, and so they just about simply exceeded them like tremendous excessive,” Carter advised ESPN of his official go to in late June. “You understand, I cherished all of the coaches I met. It was my first time down there. I cherished all the things, from soccer to the schooling and simply this system and college as an entire.
“Once I bought there, I talked to the gamers. All of them launched themselves to me. It was very nice.”
Carter, the top-ranked offensive guard within the class and the ninth ESPN 300 prospect the Tigers have secured, additionally thought of Michigan State and Texas.
Since July 17, 5 ESPN 300 prospects have come into the fold for the Tigers, together with a pair of high-profile flips: linebacker Demarcus Riddick (No. 41 total; Georgia) on July 26 and extensive receiver Perry Thompson (No. 40 total; Alabama) on July 29. Auburn’s class is ranked nineteenth in ESPN’s crew rankings.
Offensive line coach Jake Thornton was employed at Auburn in December after spending the previous two years at Mississippi. Below his tutelage, the Rebels led the SEC in complete offense (492.5 YPG) in 2021 and ranked third nationally in dashing offense (261.6 YPG) final season. Conversely, the Tigers’ offense averaged 378.5 complete yards (tenth within the SEC) however completed third within the convention in dashing with 205.8 YPG in 2022.
Within the victory over the Minutemen on Saturday, the Tigers ran for 289 yards, and 4 totally different gamers — quarterback Robby Ashford and operating backs Sean Jackson, Jeremiah Cobb and Damari Alston — all discovered the tip zone.
“Coach Freeze and Coach Thornton, I’ve talked to them earlier than,” Carter stated. “However I feel the primary factor that bought me was their environment. It is identical to a household environment over there.”
Whereas suiting up for California powerhouse Mater Dei, he has gone up in opposition to among the greatest competitors within the nation contained in the Trinity League. He isn’t about to be fazed about what’s going to await him with Auburn.
“I imply, I like enjoying in opposition to the perfect competitors,” Carter stated, “so I do know that is a very, actually good league to get into [the SEC]. But it surely’s not like a ‘I’ve to go there’ sort of deal.”