I'll be updating the blog once I arrive at Auburn and the LOIs begin pouring in via fax. It's a glamorous job. Don't hate.
As people sign, I'll add their bios to this here site. Since Auburn already had five LOIs in hand well before the stroke of 6 a.m., when schools can begin accepting signed papers, let's look at them.
QB Cam Newton, 6-6, 245, Atlanta (Florida/Blinn College)
Newton spent two years at Florida, one of them a redshirt season, before moving to a central Texas junior college last spring. Newton blossomed at Blinn College, throwing for 22 touchdowns and rushing for another 16. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who could add a new dimension to the Tigers' run-based spread attack. Newton is 21. He’s strong and he's expected to challenge for the starting job immediately. Rivals.com rates Newton a five-star recruit. Scout.com gave him four stars.
OL Roszell Gayden, 6-7, 310, Robbinsdale, Minn. (College of the Sequoias)
Gayden signed with Minnesota out of high school, but academic shortcomings led him to a prominent California junior college. He improved significantly there, adding upper body strength while improving his footwork. Coaches believe he’s a made-to-order tackle who can compete immediately for the vacant job at right tackle. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com list Gayden as a four-star recruit.
TE/OL Brandon Mosley, 6-6, 285, Jefferson, Ga. (Coffeyville CC)
Mosley didn’t sign with a four-year college out of high school and instead headed for a Kansas junior college to build a resume. He succeeded there, starring as a tight end and moonlighting at defensive end. Mosley’s career could go in one of two directions at Auburn — tight end or offensive line. He redshirted in Kansas, which means Mosley has only two years remaining. Rivals.com rates him as a four-star recruit. Scout.com gave him three stars.
LB Jessel Curry, 6-2, 215, Buford, Ga. (Buford)
Curry, who signed with Auburn in December, won three state championships during his career at Class 2A Buford High in Georgia. He is the son of former North Carolina and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry. Coaches believe Curry has the instincts, aggression and skills to be an above-average player in the middle or on the weak side. He is reminiscent of former Auburn player Adam Herring. Rivals.com and Scout.com list Curry as a three-star recruit.
DL Craig Sanders, 6-4, 230, Ariton (Ariton)
Sanders committed to Alabama last summer, but changed his mind during the season. He signed with Auburn in December. Sanders handled a variety of roles at Ariton, where a small roster size demanded versatility. He is a raw athlete, so Sanders probably needs a season on the scout team to better grasp his Auburn role. He’s listed as a defensive end, but Sanders could emerge as a tackle. Intensity is his thing. Rivals.com and Scout.com list Sanders as a four-star recruit.