But I think the new hires will be up for the challenge. Offensive recruiting seems to have gotten a bump since they arrived.
Nevertheless, I do agree about the need for athleticism. And that is one of the two characteristics I have noted when looking at the film of all the incoming OL recruits. They are all athletic -- and have good balance and footwork.
The other thing I've noticed is that the incoming guys all seem to like to hit people -- and preferably more than one.
I doubt any of them will be in the mix for 2014, but for 2015 and especially 2016, I'm quite optimistic these guys are going to have an impact.
TE Jr 3* Committed 1/11/11
LT So 4* Committed 12/11/10
LG r-Fr 4* Committed 2/27/12
C Jr 4* Committed 4/21/10
RG Jr 3* Committed 7/25/09
RT So 4* Committed 1/12/12
None were on the national championship roster. Two committed before the Nat'l championship season began. One committed after the SEC champ game, but before the Nat'l champ game. One committed the day after the champ game (probably not a coincidence). The remaining two committed after the unremarkable 2011 season (during which Auburn went 8-5, 4-4 and beat UVa 43-24...sound familiar?).
So for at least 4 of the 6, the Nat'l championship win likely had nominal direct impact.