Auburn Recruiting Going Well, Thigpen Says

Auburn assistant football coach Tommy Thigpen gives his views on the Tigers' recruiting.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn assistant football coach Tommy Thigpen said despite the disappointment of his team's 6-4 record that recruiting is going well for the Tigers, who had Scout's No. 1 recruiting class in 2011.

The coach pointed out that teams like Georgia and Clemson that struggled on the field in 2010 still had good signee classes.

"I think kids want to come in and try to play as fast as they can," Thigpen said after Auburn's Wednesday night practice. "A lot of times when they see things like that they see opportunity. I think they see an opportunity where you can go out and compete for a job for a team that is not stacked three or four deep at positions.

"You can see yourself coming in and competing for a job right away," added Thigpen, who coaches safeties for the Tigers. "I think that is what a lot of our kids (recruits) are doing right now. They see a chance to come in and help us."

Auburn heads into Saturday's Homecoming game vs. Samford looking to improve its bowl standing and bounce back from a road loss to Georgia.

"What I am seeing is kids are even more close to us than ever," Thigpen stated. "A lot of people are still calling about coming and visiting and coming and taking a look at Auburn because they know they can hit the field and be an immediate impact to our football team."

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