Moving into the 10 o'clock hour
LB Jake Holland, 6-1, 228, Pelham/Pelham HS
Holland grew up in a family that supported Alabama, but Holland made his Auburn-themed intentions known last spring. He's a thick, battering-ram type linebacker who can bring power to the Tigers' defense. He had a decent senior season, but his stock jumped significantly after a strong showing in the Under Armour All-American Game. Not that it mattered; Holland never considered another school. Rivals.com added a fourth star to the linebacker's rating in January. Scout.com gave him three stars.
LB LaDarius Owens, 6-2, 225, Bessemer/Jess Lanier HS
When he committed in September, Owens was the first big name to cast his lot with the Tigers. Shon Coleman didn't gain true notoriety until after the season. Owens chose Auburn over Alabama, which represented Gene Chizik's first in-state takeaway. James Owens, LaDarius' uncle, was the first black player to earn a scholarship at Auburn. Still, James Owens insisted that his nephew consider all options before making a decision. LSU also showed major interest through January — sending defensive coordinator John Chavis for an in-home visit well after Owens said his recruitment had ended. Rivals.com and Scout.com rate him as a four-star recruit.