One of the players who could help fill a role is junior defensive back Trae Elston. A dominating player for the Yellow Jackets as both a safety and wide receiver, Elston is having a monster year for the 6-3 Oxford club.
In nine games Elston has 25 receptions for 682 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense. On defense he has 123 tackles and nine interceptions. Throw in a 99-yard kickoff return, a 74-yard punt return and 25 total touchdowns and you have one of the top players in Alabama for the 2012 class.
On Saturday he visited Auburn for the LSU game along with teammates Michael Flint and Kwon Alexander. Already an Auburn commitment, Flint was already very familiar with Auburn. That's something that Elston says he is doing with every passing day and the more he sees the more he likes.
"It was an exciting game," Elston tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We couldn't come until about halfway through the second quarter. It was an exciting game the whole time we were there watching Cameron Newton and the high-powered Auburn offense."
"I like how they have a lot of freshmen and some walk-ons playing," Elston says. "They are playing a lot of people and don't have a lot of depth. They're playing true freshmen and sophomores. It helps me to know that if I come to Auburn I'll get some playing time early."
A South Carolina native who has favored Clemson since he first began getting offers, Elston says that Auburn is climbing up the list the more he gets a chance to visit the campus and see the program up close.
"I still have to keep Clemson number one but Auburn is moving up on my chart," Elston says. "Auburn is closer to where I'm living right now. That helps a lot."
Something else in Auburn's favor is having a current commitment on his team. With Flint committed and talking about the Tigers all the time, Elston says it does nothing but help out the Tigers chances.
"It helps a lot," Elston says. "We've talked about going to the same school so that helps a lot."