New Hope running back Johnathan "Rudy" Ford and Huntsville linebacker Cameron Toney inked their pledges to Auburn University on National Signing Day.
For Ford, it was a signing day decision. The 4-star back was committed to Vanderbilt until January, when several schools picked up their recruitment. Ford ended up with late offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Toney committed to Auburn in August of 2010 and became one of the leaders in the 2013 class. Toney, a 6-3, 225-pounder who made 107 tackles as a senior for Huntsville, was one of the reasons the Tigers were able to sway 5-star defensive lineman Montravius Adams and defensive end Elijah Daniel. Both announced their commitments on signing day.
A late push by coach Gus Malzahn's staff helped the Tigers land a top 15 class by most standards. Deon Mix, a guard from South Panola High School in Mississippi, and defensive back Mackenro Alexander were also signing day additions.
Earlier in the week Carl Lawson, a 6'3" 255 lb. defensive end, announced he was sticking with the Tigers. Lawson could likely see a lot of playing time in 2013.
The quarterback race on the Plains just got interesting with letters of intent from Alabama's Mr. Football in Jeremy Johnson and transfer Nick Marshall. They will compete with former 5-star recruit Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace, who started the last few games of 2012 as a freshman.
The AU Class includes 23 signees overall.
"Our staff really did a wonderful job in developing those relationships in a short amount of time," says Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn.
The Auburn 2013 signing class:
Montravius Adams DT 6-3 310 Vienna, GA/Dooly County
Mackenro Alexander DB 6-0 185 Immokalee, FL/Immokalee
Cameron Artis-Payne RB 5-11 210 Harrisburg, PA/Allan Hancock Coll.
Peyton Barber RB 5-11 206 Alpharetta, GA/Milton
Ben Bradley DT 6-1 305 Norcross, GA/Hutchinson CC
Daniel Carlson K 6-5 190 Colorado Springs, CO/Classical Acad.
Elijah Daniel DE 6-4 250 Avon, IN/Avon
Devonte Danzey OL 6-4 295 Tampa, FL/Hutchinson CC
Marcus Davis WR 5-10 165 Delray Beach, FL/American Heritage
Kenny Flowers LB 6-2 230 Lilburn, GA/Hutchinson CC
Johnathan Ford RB 5-11 175 New Hope, AL/New Hope
Khari Harding DB 6-1 205 Edmond, OK/Edmond Santa Fe
Jeremy Johnson QB 6-5 215 Montgomery, AL/Carver
Brandon King DB 6-1 210 Alabaster, AL/Highland CC
Carl Lawson DE 6-2 250 Alpharetta, GA/Milton
Nick Marshall QB 6-2 210 Rochelle, GA/Garden City CC
Kamryn Melton DB 5-11 175 Dothan, AL/Dothan
Deon Mix OL 6-4 315 Batesville, MS/South Panola
Earnest Robinson WR 6-2 205 Pinson, AL/Pinson Valley
Jason Smith QB 6-1 180 Mobile, AL/McGill-Toolen
Tony Stevens WR 6-3 175 Orlando, FL/Evans
Cameron Toney LB 6-2 215 Huntsville, AL/Huntsville
Dominic Walker WR 6-2 195 Orlando, FL/Evans