The 2020 recruiting class is in the books and Auburn football landed the No. 7 group in the country. Who will produce right away?
Seven years into his coaching career with Auburn, Gus Malzahn has mounted a 62-31 overall record and 33-23 mark in SEC play. To say he’s had an up-and-down career at Auburn would be a major understatement.
Malzahn is coming off a 9-4 season with an Outback Bowl loss and even though there had been rumors about his hot seat getting toasty, he’ll be back for another year — at least.
Auburn just landed the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation for 2020 and there’s a good chance a handful of those signees will have an immediate impact on the Tigers. This solid recruiting class will keep pace with the top of the SEC.
Which 2020 class signees will have instant impacts for Auburn?
Auburn swung one of the best offensive linemen in the JUCO ranks in the 2020 class in Kilian Zierer and he looks like a guy who could come in and compete right away.
Although he’s not one of those high-ceiling high school prospects, he has some experience and spending a couple of years at the JUCO level should help. On top of that, he has incredible size at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds. He has the height but could afford to add about 20-25 pounds to fit right in on the offensive line.
Zierer was looking like a lock to pick UCLA out of College of the Canyons and he’s a late bloomer as he’s from Germany so he didn’t make a name for himself at the prep level in the United States. He’s listed as the No. 20 JUCO prospect and third-best offensive tackle in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.
With Prince Tega Wanogho, Maquel Harrell, Mike Horton and Jack Driscoll all graduating from the offensive line, there’s room for a big talent like Zierer.