Auburn went into signing day with only one offensive lineman in the fold for 2016 in 3* Brodarious Hamm. While the Tigers do have Texas transfer (and former 5*) Darius James available in 2016, he will also be free to go to the NFL after this year if he starts and has a monster season. It was imperative for the Tigers to add quality depth on the line to replace departing starting tackles Avery Young and Shon Coleman.
Prince Sammons appeared on Auburn's radar a long time ago, but they never pursued him very hard. Most teams recruited him as a defensive end - the position for which he was rated - but Auburn liked him as an offensive tackle. New Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand recruited him to Penn State as an offensive tackle, too. So when Hand arrived at Auburn and knew he needed another tackle, Sammons was his primary target.
Derrick Brown was a huge addition to the class, but Auburn already had a stellar defensive line class. Brown was the icing on an already delicious cake. Missing out on him would have hurt, but it wouldn't have made us look at this class and call it disappointing. Only signing one offensive lineman would have left us feeling a bit hollow.
Auburn doesn't have to worry about that, though. The Tigers and new coach Herb Hand got their man in the second straight Nigerian native Prince (something that couldn't have hurt, either, given the connection those two will have) to sign with Auburn. Auburn desperately needed another offensive lineman, and they got a great one. War Eagle, Prince Sammons!
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