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‘Recruiting’s going great’

AUBURN, Ala. -- With a big SEC home game comes a big recruiting weekend and that’s certainly the case for No. 7 Auburn.

Malzahn is very pleased with Auburn's recruiting class/Todd Van Emst photo

The Tigers host No. 25 Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday.

“It'll be a great atmosphere,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “There will be a lot of good ones.”

There’s already a long list of prospects scheduled to attend the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry including three official visitors.

Auburn currently has 16 commitments and its class is ranked No. 13 in the 247Sports team rankings. Auburn’s 9-1 record and climb up the national rankings can certainly have a positive affect on recruiting.

“Recruiting's going great,” Malzahn said. “It was going good even early in the season. I think a lot of people see there's a lot of good things in the future and it's going very well.”

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On practice this week...

“Had a very solid practice tonight, as we did yesterday. I really feel like the guy’s are starting to get into a routine as far as practice and expectations. I thought they had very good energy both days. I thought they were excited to practice, which is always a good thing.”

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On passing the ball to Corey Grant...

“He’s a big-play guy, there’s no doubt. Anytime he has the ball in his hands, he’s got a chance to do something big with it. He’s a big weapon for us.”

On Georgia’s front seven...

“They’re probably as good as we’ve seen. They’re very long, they’re fast. You don’t see a whole lot of quarterbacks dropping back to pass, squirting out of there and finding positive things to happen. They’re tough against the run too.”

On Rodney Garner helping to scout Georgia...

“I think it’s real similar to the other coaches on our staff when we play other people. You just try to gather as much information as you can. The thing about this group is they’re extremely talented. You can definitely see that on film too.”

On changing up blocking in the read option...

“You try your best to do what you do, but at the same time, schematically give yourself an advantage. Each week is different. You have to adjust during games. That’s probably one of the positive things the I can say right now about our offense, is they’ve been able to adjust for the most part. That’s always important because people tend to play us a little bit different sometimes than what we’ve seen so you have to adjust.”

On player’s attitudes this week...

“It's really been consistent, that's the thing that stands out to me. It's the same way it was 3 or 4 weeks ago as it was today. They're locked in. When another guy is in front of them and they're watching from the side, they're locked in and they're asking questions and that's always a positive sign.”

On importance of tackling against UGA...

“We're going to have to tackle well, that's going to be a big key. They've got some exceptional guys that are good with the ball after they get it, it's not just one guy, they've got numerous guys and we're going to have to tackle well. At the same time, we're going to have to create some big plays. They're a defense that not a lot of people consistently drive the ball on. So we're going to be need to do that too.”

On Nick Marshall passing to the middle of the field...

“It's really about timing and his footwork, and he's worked extremely hard on that, him and coach Lashlee. You can see he's starting to get more comfortable each practice. So that'll be a good thing as we end this thing.”

On Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray...

“There's no doubt. Like I said, he's one of the best to ever play in the league and his record speaks for themselves. He's one of those guys who seems like he's been there forever and we've got our work cut out for us and our defense understands that.”

On Nick Marshall being nervous playing against his former team...

“No, Nick was there. He knows a lot of their players and all that but we haven't gotten into all that. He's just focused on the job he's got to do and with his teammates.”

On Marshall being nervous in first game, could be against UGA...

“I really don't think so. He's a real honest, upfront young man. I think a lot of his nerves was just the first (game) and not knowing what to expect, didn't know his teammates very well, didn't know his coaches and how we were going to react and all that. I think he's in a comfort zone. Like I've said before, he doesn't get too high or too low. He's very even keel and once the game gets going there's no doubt in my mind he'll be ready.”

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