If you pay attention to high school football in the state of Georgia or are a weirdo that enjoys following the the recruiting landscape 365 days a year, chances are very good you have known about Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby for some time now. The Callaway star broke out as a freshman in 2016 and started reeling in offers that following spring. In fact, his very first offer came from Alabama. Just two months later, Auburn jumped into the race.
Blessed to receive an offer from Auburn University #WarEagle #Auburn pic.twitter.com/nWv5e4Akaz— 4 tank. (@Tank5_21) April 1, 2017
Being recruited for so long by so many of the top programs in the nation, it’s not surprising that at various moments in his recruitment different top programs were considered the team to beat. But earlier this year, it sure seemed like he was on the verge of committing to the Gamecocks when both Auburn and Georgia put on a full court press.
Bigsby took an official visit to the Plains in early June. At the time, I wasn’t very optimistic of Auburn’s chances.
I still think though that if UGA decides to push hard he could stay instate. Auburn will continue to pursue but as of now I am not sure they will have a tank coming out of the backfield next season.
But following that visit things turned in a big way for the Tigers. Auburn hosted Bigsby three times in one week not long after his OV. Even though the Dawgs had made Bigsby a priority again, it wouldn’t be enough. Bigsby clicked with Carnell Williams and fell in love with the program. Two months later, Tank announced his commitment to the Tigers.
Locked In#WarEagle pic.twitter.com/kQBzOyjChg— 4 tank. (@Tank5_21) August 10, 2019
After whiffing on 5* Zach Evans, UGA came sniffing around again in hopes of flipping Auburn’s top ranked commit. There were even some rumors popping up on UGA Bunker equivalent sites that it was a done deal. But following his visit for Auburn’s epic Iron Bowl victory, Bigsby made it clear he was shutting his recruitment down and he was all Auburn. Now it’s official.
Welcome to the #AuburnFamily @Tank5_21!— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) December 18, 2019
Callaway HS ➡️ Auburn
#WarEagle x #AUNSD20 pic.twitter.com/5toue01hMW
As for what type of player Auburn is getting, well the 5* rating says it all. Bigsby is a stud that can do a little bit of everything at a very high level. At 6’0” 210 lbs, he has the body to handle running the ball consistently between the tackles. Possessing legitimate 4.5 speed, Bigsby is a threat to take it to the house at any time. And he’s an absolute weapon out of the backfield in the passing game which he demonstrated in his outstanding performance at The Opening in July.
The only knock on his game is that he’s at some ball security issues at times (his 3 fumble game in a loss to Opelika to start the season stands out) but otherwise he’s arguably the most complete back in this class. Auburn has some good running back talent on campus already but have struggled in recent cycles to reel in that bone fide 5* stud. Not the case this go around. There will be a lot of mouths to feed in Auburn’s backfield next year but you have to think Auburn will find a way to get the ball in this kid’s hands as often as possible.
War Eagle Tank!