Sunday, January 9, 2011

Who won the Auburn-Oregon recruiting battle?

Guess how many five star recruits will be on the field when Auburn and Oregon clash tomorrow night? Six? No. Four? No. Try two...the Tigers' Cam Newton, who only became a five-star recruit after starring at Blinn Junior College, and Auburn freshman RB Michael Dyer.

There are 17 four-star prospects--10 for Auburn and seven for Oregon. And, there are 17 three-star recruits. For Oregon, all three two-star starters are linemen on offense; two of the three two-star recruits on the Ducks defense now play different positions than what they did in high school.

All of this is further proof that, in college football, the secret of recruiting is finding the guys who can be "coached up" to become starters and productive players within a given program, plus discovering a player's talent which might be better suited for another position.

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