May 13, 2013

The new rules of Mobile

AUBURN | Perhaps Gus Malzahn has it wrong.

This may be a new day in Auburn, but the situation in Mobile these days is evolving on an even greater scale. The rules have changed. The unspoken guidelines have been forgotten. The mode of operation in southern tip of this state have undergone a complete overhaul -- and this isn't some kind of peace-time accord.

This is a confluence of aggression, hustle and fearlessness.

Dameyune Craig is taking what he wants.

For the second time in a week Sunday, Auburn watched a four-star prospect from Mobile County pledge to become part of its next signing class. The spotlight player this time was defensive end Justin Thornton of Vigor High, whose agility and creativity at the point of attack has made him one of the nation's most intriguing prospects.

Now he's an Auburn guy.

On Wednesday, linebacker Tre Williams of St. Paul's Episcopal, himself a four-star prospect, made the same pledge. His teammate, center Joshua Casher, committed in early April. Another Vigor product, linebacker Deshaun Davis, committed on April 17.

This for a college program that has signed exactly one four-star player from Mobile since 2005.

What's happening?

Craig is happening.

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