Auburn is recruiting for a new quarterback, new wide receivers and a new running back.
Three new positions in particular are being sought after in the class of 2019: wide receivers, offensive line and running backs.
Here’s a look at some of the latest recruiting news and what’s happening in the recruiting cycle right now.
In the meantime, check out the most important recruiting stories from 2018 in our 2019 recruiting timeline.
First-year defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has the Tigers back in contention.
He is one of the top defensive coordinators in the country and has the ability to develop and develop talent for multiple positions, and he will be an assistant with the Tigers in 2019.
In 2017, Smart was the head coach at Oregon State.
The Ducks finished with a 9-7 record, including a loss to USC in the Rose Bowl.
The Tigers are a strong candidate to land a new starting quarterback in 2019, as former Oklahoma State quarterback Kevin Hogan was the favorite to land the job.
He was a three-star recruit in the 2018 class, and there’s a strong chance he will land at Auburn.
However, Hogan’s family left the state for Oklahoma for medical reasons in January.
Hogan is eligible to return next season, and the Tigers are expected to be a candidate for him.
Auburn could be looking at several quarterback targets for 2019, including Kentucky quarterback Nathan Peterman, who was one of four top-100 prospects at the combine, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Peterman was ranked the No. 13 quarterback in the 2019 class, according the 247Sports composite rankings.
Peterman has been a top-10 quarterback prospect nationally for four seasons, according ESPN’s Composite Rankings.
He also had the third-best grade in the 2017 class according to Rivals.com.
Petman has had trouble getting recruited by schools, including Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M.
But the Tigers have been making strides in recruiting.
In 2019, Auburn was ranked in the 247Composite Top 25.
Auburn’s recruiting class of 2017 included three top-50 recruits, including quarterback Tyrell Davenport.
Peteman, the No 2 quarterback in this class, was one top-15 recruit according to the 247 Composite rankings, according it’s rankings.
Davenport’s recruiting has also been solid, as he is ranked in 247Compo’s top-60 overall prospect rankings.
Auburn has also recruited three quarterbacks who are top-25 prospects.
Auburn is in line to land one of those quarterbacks, as well.
The team is expected to have one of its top three quarterbacks at the 2018 NFL Draft, according 247Sports’ composite rankings, which would be Derek Carr of Fresno State, Jared Goff of Cal and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State.
However the team could have one more quarterback on its roster.
The Tigers will have to choose between Josh Rosen of USC or Sam Darnold of Florida State.
The new offensive coordinator for the Tigers is Kevin Steele.
Steele will replace former Auburn offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, who has been with the program since 2009.
Steele has experience in recruiting and offensive line work, and could have a hand in Auburn’s offensive line overhaul.
The 2018 class was one with a high percentage of offensive linemen on it, and Steele is one who would fit the bill as a quality offensive lineman, according The 247Comps Composite rankings from 2017.
Steele is ranked No. 16 overall in the nation according to The 247 Composite.
He has been working with offensive line coach John J. Smith and quarterbacks coach Mike Munchak, and should be able to develop players in the offensive line, according Steele’s 247Comperatives.
He has been recruiting offensive linemen for two years, and has also worked with quarterbacks.
One of the biggest question marks in 2019 will be who is the starting quarterback.
The Auburn offense ranked 26th in scoring offense last season, but the offense was in the top five in rushing yards per game (4.8) and yards per carry (3.8).
However, the Tigers were just 21st in rushing offense and 26th against the run in total offense (5.3) and total offense defense (3).
The offensive line at Auburn is still young and will need to develop its play if the team wants to have a chance to win football games.
The offensive line also needs to continue to develop through the 2018 season, as it’s one of three positions on the roster that need to play in 2019 and beyond.
The Auburn coaching staff also has been trying to improve its offensive line over the past few years.
However it’s unclear if the offensive linemen are fully recovered from injuries sustained during the 2017 season.