With safeties Jordan Colbert and Montavious Atkinson already on board in the class and Georgia transfer Tray Matthews also eligible to play in 2015, Auburn’s back four on defense will look much different than the one the Tigers employed a year ago.
That’s because new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and cornerbacks Coach Travaris Robinson hit the ground running in recruiting and didn’t slow down until they got the players they wanted in this class. A duo that has worked together the last four seasons in Gainesville and before than when Robinson was a GA at Auburn, Malzahn said Muschamp and T Rob just get the job done.
“Well, I’m glad they’re on our side, I’ll tell you that first of all,” Malzahn said. “Will Muschamp’s one of the best defensive minds in all of football, not just college. He’s got a great reputation. He sent so many people to the league, he’s been a defensive coordinator in the league, he can help guys get to where they want to get. He’s a very upfront guy and he’s a very honest guy. That attracts the right type of people. And of course, Coach T-Rob is very good with the relationships, and did a very good job for us.”
With Irvin already on campus after enrolling early for the Tigers, Auburn focused on filling out the needs at cornerback down the stretch. Wanting to find better cover guys to help play the in-your-face style of defense that Muschamp and Robinson like out of their guys, Auburn got three players they were looking for starting with the former Kentucky commitment Dinson.
“Jeremiah Dinson, from American High School in Miami, Fla., was one of the first names Coach Travaris Robinson brought up,” Malzahn said. “Coach said, ‘This guy can really play. He can run, he can play, and he is a tough guy.’ He came on a visit and loved it right off the bat.”
Already with Dinson committed, Auburn put the focus on the Davis’ to round things out. First up on Wednesday was former Ohio State verbal Carlton Davis. While he’s rated as a safety by Scout, Davis is all cornerback and his length as well as his ball skills make him a threat to play early for the Tigers.
“Carlton Davis, a big, long defensive back -- Coach Travaris Robinson said we really need to go after this guy. The relationship with Coach T-Rob Robinson helped with him. He came on a visit and really felt at home. This guy has a chance to help us right off the bat.”
Rounding out Auburn’s secondary haul is a physical cornerback out of Jacksonville, Fla. Explosive with or without the ball in his hands, Javarius Davis is the type of player that could play early for the Tigers because of his strength and skills. Malzahn said his talent makes him someone to watch right away.
“He (Davis) is one of the faster players in all the country, I believe a 10.3 guy,” Malzahn said. “There aren’t a lot of 10.3 guys running around. He is going to be a great cover guy, he also returns kicks, and we really think this guy will have a chance to help us right off the bat.”