April 17, 2008

Spread offense a recruiting boon

Even the most casual followers of Auburn's recruiting have noticed the difference.

When it comes to recruiting quarterbacks and skill players, Tony Franklin's new spread offense is attracting recruits from all over the South and even the nation.

While AU has already landed a commitment from in-state quarterback Raymond Cotton, a quick glance at AU's six top QB targets includes a gunslinger from Texas and two California signal callers.

AU's early targets at running back, receiver and athlete, include prospects from Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, Delaware and Virginia.

The lists are loaded with four-stars, that in the past, would have barely given AU a look. While AU is still strong in its normal recruiting base of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, the Tigers have definitely gone national on offense.

"The last couple of years we haven't been able to recruit those skill players because we've been known as a running football team," said AU head coach Tommy Tuberville.

Tuberville sees a big advantage in recruiting the quarterback position under the spread offense as opposed to AU's former West Coast system.

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