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How Auburn football's 2018 recruiting class panned out

Here's a look at what happened to Auburn's 2018 recruiting class.

Auburn's ability to recruit under Gus Malzahn was solid.

The Tigers never had a class ranked lower than 13th nationally, and consistently pulled in high-end talent.

Auburn's development under Gus Malzahn was not as solid.

Malzahn struggled to develop the talent he recruited, specifically at skill positions (wide receiver being the primary issue). While Auburn was still able to haul in some really good players, they weren't always able to execute.

Take a look at the 2018 recruiting class, for instance.

If you count the three players that are still on roster, only nine recruits from Auburn's 2018 cycle finished their career with the Tigers.

So what happened? Here's how everyone panned out.

Auburn quarterback Joey Gatewood (1) runs the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Auburn defeated Kent State 55-16. Jc Auburnkent 67
Sep 11, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; South Florida Bulls safety Matthew Hill (1) breaks up Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) catch during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Coynis Miller Jr. (8) enters the field prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Harold Joiner (2) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the 2021 Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn Tigers safety Smoke Monday (21) celebrates a pass breakup against Mississippi State at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Aumsu03
Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver Anthony Schwartz (1) makes a touchdown catch against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver Seth Williams (18) makes a catch and scores a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn linebacker Zakoby Mcclain (LB24) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn running back Asa Martin (3) runs the ball against Liberty at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov.. 17, 2018. Auburn defeated Liberty 53-0. Jc Auburnlib 84
Auburn defensive back Jamien Sherwood (20) hits Texas A&M tight end Jalen Wydermyer (85) to cause and incompletion at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Texas A&M defeated Auburn 31-20.
Auburn defensive back Christian Tutt (6) returns a punt at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Auburn leads Texas A&M 14-3 at halftime. Jc Auburntamu 49
Oct 5, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Auburn Tigers linebacker Michael Harris (30) enters the field prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn defensive back Richard Jibunor (37) celebrates a tackle during the Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. Auburn leads Purdue 56-7 at halftime. Jc Auburnmcb 35
Auburn defensive tackle DaQuan Newkirk (44) gets his arms around Tennessee running back Eric Gray (3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn Ut
Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Shaun Shivers (8) runs the ball for a touchdown during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn Tigers wide receiver Shedrick Jackson (11) during warm ups at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.
Jalil Irvin (50) at Auburn AU scrimmage on Friday, March 25, 2022 in Auburn, Ala.
Apr 13, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Jacob Jasinski (46) is tackled by linebacker Michael Harris (30) and defensive end Caleb Johnson (45) during the fourth quarter of the A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Kameron Stutts (62)Auburn FB practice on Monday. April 4, 2022 in Auburn, Ala.
Auburn Tigers helmet on the sideline during the A-Day spring practice at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
Nov 27, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Roger McCreary (23) breaks up a pass intended for Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Traeshon Holden (11) during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 28, 2021; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers cheerleaders let the flags wave after a score against Houston Cougars during the second half of the 2021 Birmingham Bowl at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn punter Arryn Siposs (90) punts the ball during the A-Day spring practice gameat Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Jc Auburnday 31

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