Moving into the 9 o'clock hour
DE Justin Delaine, 6-5, 223, Linden/Linden HS
Delanie is a physical specimen with long arms and long legs and unusual acceleration for a defensive lineman. The problem is that he's also raw. Very raw. He has awkward footwork, takes odd angles toward the quarterback and makes mistakes of inexperience more often than you'd expect from a major-college recruit. Delanie could develop in any number of ways, though he has a body and a drive that will give him an advantage. He'll definitely need a redshirt season to add bulk and skill. Rivals.com and Scout.com rate him as a three-star recruit.
ATH Chris Davis, 5-11, 175, Birmingham/Woodlawn HS
I have no idea where Davis will play, but I'm certain he has ability. He handled a little bit of everything during his senior season at Woodlawn. He played quarterback, wideout, tailback and was an excellent return threat. Davis is fast and plays with a certain grace. It's difficult to quantify. Nothing is hitchy. Davis is smooth, makes the correct cuts, looks like someone who knows what they're doing. He could emerge as a wideout, though Auburn already has several young guys (Anthony Gulley, Travante Stallworth, Phillip Pierre-Louis) with similar skill sets. Maybe Davis will play cornerback. It's anyone's guess. Rivals.com and Scout.com rate him as a three-star prospect.
TB Michael Dyer, 5-8, 200, Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian HS
The depth of this class may create some confusion about its crown jewel, but Dyer would be a No. 1 guy during most seasons. He's a small guy who runs like he's Brandon Jacobs, leaning forward and considers inside cuts before bouncing outside. He has unusual upper-body strength, which allowed him to break away from tackles easily during high school. He churns his legs until the whistle blows. Dyer also has great vision and that works well with his compact body and bulldog mentality. He takes unorthodox routes up field. If there's a negative, it'd have to be speed. Several recruiting sites list him as a 4.4 guy, but Dyer doesn't seem ultra fast on video. Either way, he's an elite talent who will be given every opportunity to emerge a primary offensive contributor. He’s reminiscent of Jacksonville Jaguars tailback Maurice Jones-Drew. Rivals.com and Scout.com both rate Dyer as a five-star recruit.
TE Dakota Mosley, 6-4, 250, Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian HS
Mosley's career could go in a few directions. He excelled as a tight end in high school and played well against top competition in the Under Armour All-American Game. Mosley is a fierce blocker. He's also skilled at challenging for high passes. He doesn't seem particularly fast to me, though, so a move to offensive line is within the realm of possibility. Considering the way Auburn used Tommy Trott last season, though, Mosley probably will stick at tight end. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit while Scout.com bestowed only two stars.
Dyer photo credit: Rivals.com