Battling Saban will be key

Gene Chizik proved he could reel in top recruiting class that produced in the SEC

Updated: November 26, 2012, 4:08 PM ET
By Greg Ostendorf | RecruitingNation

Just two years ago, Gene Chizik won a national championship. Now he's on his way out.

In his short tenure, Chizik proved you can win big at Auburn, but more importantly than that, he proved that you can recruit at Auburn even against the juggernaut of a program that Nick Saban has created across the state at Alabama.

It's not easy, but it can be done.

In two of Chizik's first three seasons, Auburn finished with a top-five recruiting class. He and his staff proved they could ...

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