Because of the influx of talent expected in and many of those likely taking on big roles immediately, Chizik said it makes this year's class a big one for his staff because there can't be too many misses as far as academics go.
"First of all we've got to see how many we can count back in January and what positions you really need to try to zero in for January kids," Chizik said. "What positions have the priority over others? Strategically right now we're going to have to be right on every position we take recruiting-wise. How many we're bringing in. When we're bringing them in. We have a lot of scholarships to fill."
Looking to get as much help as possible as early as possible, Auburn already has two commitments (Jessel Curry and Craig Sanders) that plan to graduate high school early and enroll for classes in January. Auburn is expected to have five spots available to fill with a cornerback one possibility. Chizik said there is no doubting where the focus lies for at least one of the remaining three spots.
"We know we need to get an offensive tackle without question," Chizik said. "That has to happen in January. Again, it has to be the perfect fit. They have to be graduating and getting out. We know we need that. Maybe two offensive linemen in January. That stands out above the rest."
Auburn could go the junior college route for the remaining three players, but Chizik said they'll also look at early high school graduates as well as prep school players.
In the last 10 days Auburn has gotten commitments from the number one player in Arkansas (Michael Dyer) as well as Louisiana (Trovon Reed) and are in on a number of top prospects around the country as the Tigers hope for a strong finish heading towards February.. That is something that Chizik said comes from his staff working hard on the recruiting trail and the fact that Auburn is a name that can sell itself to prospects.
"It has really been neat," Chizik said. "All of the assistants have done a phenomenal job of going after the right-fit guys, guys that are the right fit for Auburn. They are all great players, but also in our opinion they are the right kind of guys for this place. It's really neat to see the response nationwide wherever we go. Most of our concentration is in the Southeast, but that doesn't mean our only focus. They've all been very receptive of Auburn and that has been a great thing to see."