An Early Look at Auburn’s 2018 Defense Recruiting Class

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Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who also serves as director and chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services. Beyond his professional pursuits, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn University Tigers football team.

The Tigers are well into the 2017 college football season, but that hasn’t stopped the team’s coaches from preparing for the future. Several of the country’s top high school athletes have already committed to playing for the Tigers next season, including seven players on the defensive side of the ball. On the defensive line, the school received a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller, who chose Auburn over Florida and Alabama. The school’s other commit on the defensive line is Daquan Newkirk, who originally declared his intentions to play for Auburn in 2016, but failed to meet the academic requirements.

The Tigers will lose three senior safeties following the 2017 season, so the team has been heavily recruiting at that position. It has already received commitments from four players, including four-star recruit Quindarious Monday, who some pundits believe could be the team’s most important freshman in 2018. Another major recruit is four-star linebacker Michael Harris, who received offers from 20 different schools.

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The Coaching Career of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn

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A court-appointed special administrator, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who has helped administer more than $2.5 billion in settlements throughout his 32-year legal career. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn Tigers college football team.

Since 2013, the Tigers have been coached by Arkansas native Gus Malzahn, who has led the team to a 59-40 win-loss record, including a 5-1 record through the first six weeks of the 2017 season. Regarded as one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, Malzahn served six seasons as an offensive coordinator with Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn before accepting the head coach position with Arkansas State in 2012. He led the team to a 9-3 record that season and was subsequently hired as head coach by Auburn.

In his first year as head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn led the team to a 12-2 record. He earned numerous coaching awards, including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year, after becoming only the third coach in SEC history to win a conference championship in his first season at a school. The last person to accomplish the feat was John Vaught of Ole Miss in 1947. While the Tigers lost in the BCS National Championship that season, it has since participated in three consecutive bowl games, including the Birmingham Bowl, which it won in 2015.

Four Auburn Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

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A treasurer for the Alabama Democratic Party, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an experienced attorney and one-third stockholder of Custom Cable Services. Before earning a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Ed Gentle completed a bachelor’s in biology at Auburn University in 1975. To this day, he remains an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers football team.

Heading into the 2017 season, 43 Auburn Tiger alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, four of which were selected in the 2017 NFL draft. Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player to be selected in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with pick No. 93. Through four years with Auburn, Adams recorded 147 tackles, 19.5 of which were for a loss of yards, and 10.5 quarterback sacks. He also had three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Injury-plagued linebacker Carl Lawson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with pick No. 116 after an impressive 2016 campaign in which he recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks.

The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive back Rudy Ford with pick No. 208 in the draft. The safety led the Tigers in tackles in 2014 and 2015 and, upon being drafted, signed a four-year rookie deal worth over $2.5 million. Finally, defensive back Josh Holsey was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. After recovering from a pair of ACL tears, Holsey was healthy in 2016 and had a team-high 10 pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.

Larry Porter Joins Auburn Coaching Staff

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Larry Porter
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Edgar Gentle serves as a partner attorney at Gentle, Turner, Sexton, and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has contributed to and helped administer in excess of $2.5 billion in settlements as a special master and settlement administrator. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys cheering on the Auburn Tigers football team.

The Auburn coaching staff recently added a new tight ends and halfbacks coach in Larry Porter. Porter makes his way to Auburn from the University of North Carolina, where he served as running backs coach. Porter replaces Scott Fountain, Auburn’s previous tight ends and special teams coach.

In a statement, Porter expressed his gratitude to head coach Gus Malzahn for the opportunity and praised Malzahn’s coaching staff and team. In Malzahn’s own statement, he noted Porter’s accomplished history in player development and recruiting.

Porter is regarded as one of the country’s top recruiters, having twice been named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com in 2007 and 2009. Before accepting his role with North Carolina, Porter worked as an assistant coach for Texas and Arizona State, as well as head coach for Memphis during the 2010-2011 season. His background also includes assistant coaching positions at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana State.