Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thursday there is an away baseball game at Florida State and away tennis match at South Florida.
Friday baseball plays at FSU again, softball has a double-header against Nevada and California in Fullerton, CA, women's gymnastics compete at Alabama, track is competing in the SEC indoor championships and swim and dive competes at UGA.
Saturday men's basketball plays at Mississippi State, baseball brings FSU into town for a two day home series, softball has another double-header against Cal Poly and Indiana, women's tennis plays against Troy and Mercer, women's equestrian competes at UGA and the SEC indoor track championships and swim and dive continue.
Sunday the 6th ranked women's basketball team takes on Arkansas at home at 2 p.m., baseball wraps up their series with FSU at 1 p.m., softball plays Cal State Fullerton at Fullerton, men's tennis hosts North Carolina and the track and swimming and diving competitions roll on.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Malzahn says the quarterback race will be wide open but will ideally go into the season with a "guy". Mario Fannin is the early favorite to run the Wildcat formation. Chris Todd will try to be ready for spring practice. Offensive tackles will start in a 2 point position and guards will be in a 3 point.
Jeff Grimes says that recruiting linemen is going to be a huge priority this year because the lack of linemen in the last two classes. Auburn signed 2 for the 2009 class and 3 in 2008 with Jermaine Johnson no longer with the team. Grimes says he is looking to sign one or two junior college linemen next year.
Richardson, out of Springville High School in Alabama, grew up an Auburn fan but lost interest with Tommy Tuberville's departure. He says his interest is back on the rise.
Richardson is on the Rivals 250 to Watch for 2010 and is considered the best 2010 player from the state of Alabama.
As a junior, Richardson caught 61 passes for 1,228 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was a 5A First Team ASWA All-State and First Team Birmingham News All State for all levels. He boasts offers from Auburn, LSU, Alabama and Tennessee.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- Late Auburn recruit Mike Eargle plans to sign with Oklahoma State after not receiving an offer from Auburn.
- Auburn offered 2010 Pelham, AL linebacker Jake Holland. Holland also has offers from Duke, Kansas State, Vanderbilt and South Alabama.
- Hometown (Opelika, AL) running back Corey Grant has visited Auburn and Alabama in the last couple of weeks. He says that Auburn being close to home helps them. He boasts offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Stanford, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
4/4/2007-Oku picks up his first offer, from Auburn, and is very excited to have the chance to play for the team that has put so many backs into the NFL.
6/8/2007-Oku visits Auburn for the first time to attend camp.
6/11/2007-Oku names Auburn his number one after visit.
9/6/2007-Oku has six offers: Auburn, Minnesota, Tennesse, Texas Tech, Kansas State and OSU.
2/6/2008-Named SoonerScoop.com's Oklahoma Junior of the Year.
3/6/2008-Oku hints that Tony Franklin's offense has probably hurt Auburn's chances.
6/5/2008-Oku narrows to five, Auburn not included: Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida State, Illinois and Michigan.
8/6/2008-Oku cuts Illinois and Michigan and adds Louisville to his list.
9/2/2008-Florida State is out, Michigan is back in.
10/18/2008-Rivals states, "the drama...is over". Oku commits to Tennessee. Oku says Tennessee is "home".
11/24/2008-Fulmer out at UT, Oku decommits. Says he does not think UT can find a coach he will like.
1/4/2009-States he likes the new UT staff and is ready to sign with Tennessee.
1/23/2009-Says he is still solid to Tennessee but will visit Syracuse and Auburn.
2/2/2009-Oku says he will wait until after Signing Day to make a final decision.
2/22/2009-Oku says he is now also considering Ole Miss on top of AU, UT and Syracuse.
2/23/2009-Oku moves to Nebraska and changes high schools. Says this will not affect his decision.
Hopefully the next and final news out of Oku is a decision.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Nebraska is currently not considered an option for Oku. Oku has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Syracuse. Many believe Auburn is Oku's favorite.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
2007 So.: 2,710 yards rushing, 28 TDs
2008 Jr.: 1,984 yards rushing, 19 TDs (1,407 of which were through his first 6 games before getting injured)
Gus Malzahn recruited Dyer at Tulsa and is a reason Auburn is one of his early favorites. Dyer currently lists his top 5 as Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Florida, and boasts offers from all five.
Dyer is out of Little Rock Christian in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 5'9", 202 lb. running back also has a 4.4 40 and a 3.42 GPA.
Monday, February 16, 2009
- Coach Gene Chizik has stated that the top priorities for the 2010 recruiting class will be offensive linemen and linebackers with the state of Alabama being the priority in recruiting locations.
- Auburn's first Junior Day will be March 7th.
- Scott Fountain has joined Coach Chizik's staff in an administrative position. Fountain was the tight ends and tackles coach for Chizik at Iowa State. Fountain has also coached at Florida State as a GA, Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Central Florida.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thigpen has been rated one of Rivals' Top 25 Recruiters the last two years.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Auburn still has vacancies at defensive backs coach and linebackers coach, after losing former linebacker coach and key recruiter James Willis to Alabama.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Knipper is 6'4" 225 lbs out of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Auburn has had two prospects agree to walk on in Jeremy Cox and Blake Burgess. Last season, Auburn gave a scholarship to long snapper Dax Dellenbach.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Kodi Burns: Four stars on Rivals, five star on Scout. Rivals' number 8 dual-threat quarterback. Rivals Top 250. Rivals position rating of 5.9. Number 5 quarterback for Scout.
As a senior threw 127-231 for 1,903 yards and 21 TDs, 7 INT. Ran for 726 yards and 13 TDs.
Tyrik Rollison: Four star on Rivals and Scout. Rivals' number 2 dual-threat quarterback. Rivals100 (#60). Rivals position rating of 6.0. Number 11 quarterback on Scout.
As a senior threw 315-428 for 4,728 yards and 53 TDs, 15 INT. Ran for 1,094 yards and 14 TDs.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Meanwhile, David Oku still has not made his decision. The top all-purpose back in the nation will likely come down to Auburn and Syracuse, even though he was formerly committed to Tennessee and reportedly has interest in closer to home Nebraska. Oku has not set a date for his announcement.
UPDATE: Sanders has been suspended indefinately.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Jones was reportedly "very excited" to receive the offer even though he has many offers from some big time schools. Currently, Jones has offers from Auburn, Alabama, California, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, UCLA, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Jones is excited because he knows that Auburn is in need of wide receivers and it cannot hurt that one of his teammates is now going to attend the Plains. Jones is also being recruited by Coach Tracy Rocker who also recruited teammate Josh Jackson and Coach Trooper Taylor is also in his recruiting.
Jones is an early four star receiver on Scout.com.
Kicking coach and expert Chris Sailer recently rated Parkey as the number one kicker in the nation for 2010. Parkey is talented from long distance. This season he was 5-8 on field goals but of the three he missed, two were blocked and the other was from 54 yards. Parkey did make a 51 and 55 yard field goal this season. He was 10 for 10 on extra points.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
As you can see, so far offers range from Kansas to Miami. The hotspots include the Birmingham area, the Atlanta area, the Mobile area and the Miami area. There are currently 33 offers extended with wide receiver seemingly being a spot of interest. There are six wide receivers with offers.
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin: Same position at MTSU.
Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads: Head coach at Iowa State.
OC/TE coach Steve Ensminger: Joined Smiths Station High School staff.
LBs coach James Willis: Associate HC and OLBs coach at Alabama.
RBs coach Eddie Gran: RBs/ST coach at Tennessee.
DL coach Terry Price: Originally went to Iowa State but then to Ole Miss to coach defensive line.
WRs coach Greg Knox: Running backs coach at Mississippi State.
DTs coach Don Dunn: Unemployed.
OL coach Hugh Nall: Took an executive post at an Albany, GA trucking firm.
What a difference a year makes...
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
*** Clint Moseley (Leroy, AL) - Alabama's Mr. Football
**** Tyrik Rollison (Sulphur Springs, TX) - Rivals' most accurate passer
Running Back - A-
**** Dontae Aycock (Tampa, FL) - Rivals' 16th overall running back
*** Anthony Gulley (Brantley, AL) - Could be a sleeper
*** Brandon Jacobs (Lilburn, GA) - Will have to compete for playing time
**** Onterio McCalebb (Chatham, VA) - Rivals' 4th overall prep school player
Could add top all-purpose back David Oku
Wide Receiver/Tight End - A
**** DeAngelo Benton (Chatham, VA) - Was a five star last season, signed with LSU twice
**** Emory Blake (Austin, TX) - Has size and skills to make immediate impact, along with Benton
*** LaVoyd James (Mobile, AL) - Good speed, could make early impact
**** Philip Lutzenkirchen (Marietta, GA) - Great size, best hands among tight ends this season
*** Travante Stallworth (Leesville, LA) - Great speed, could be a big time sleeper
Offensive Line - D+
*** Andre Harris (Hampton, GA) - Rivals' 36th rated guard
*** John Sullen (Auburn, AL) - Named one of Rivals' top 5 sleepers of '09
Defensive Line - B
*** Terrance Coleman (Mobile, AL) - Nephew of current Tiger Antonio Coleman
*** Nosa Eguae (Mansfield, TX) - Underrated DE with great size
*** Nick Fairley (Wesson, MS) - Was in state of Alabama's Top 10 out of high school in '07 as an offensive guard
** Josh Jackson (Gainesville, GA) - Surprise late addition whom Tracy Rocker recruited at Ole Miss
**** Jamar Travis (Brewton, AL) - Will likely have the most impact out of this class of defensive lineman
Linebackers - C+
*** Jonathan Evans (Prichard, AL) - With good size and strength, could be an impact player down the road
*** Donald (Dee) Ford (Odenville, AL) - Outside backer with great speed and open field tackling ability
*** Eltoro Freeman (Perkinston, MS) - His stars don't show that he could possibily be he biggest impact player in the entire recruiting class
*** Harris Gaston (Bessemer, AL) - Huge and fast, could play defensive end
Defensive Backs - B-
** Daren Bates (Olive Branch, MS) - Will surprise many and be a huge impact for Auburn down the road
**** Taikwon Paige (Milledgeville, GA) - Late addition could strengthen the defensive backs group immediately
**** Reggie Taylor (Fort Valley, GA) - Great speed, will probably be an impact player down the road
Athlete - C
** Robert Cooper (Mobile, AL) - Grayshirt played QB in high school, good size, likely will change positions
*** Izauea Lanier (Gordo, AL) - Likely will play safety at Auburn
*** Demond Washington (Perkinston, MS) - Very underrated by Rivals, could play running back, receiver or corner
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Brandon Heavens: Former commitment signed with Mississippi State today
Jamontay Pilson: Signed with Senatobia NW Mississippi CC
Tana Patrick: Signed with Alabama
DeQuinta Jones: Signed with Arkansas
Greg King: Signed with Tennessee
Still to come: David Oku will sign sometime later this month with either Auburn, Syracuse or Tennessee
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Jackson is out of Gainesville, GA. Many believed Jackson would commit to Ole Miss.
Paige is expected to sign tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Since Paige was offered, Michael Eargle no longer looks like he will receive an offer. Paige visited last weekend but did not receive an offer. Paige originally signed with North Carolina in 2007 but went to JUCO at Georgia Military College.
Paige is Rivals' number 25 overall JUCO prospect.
Durst had never even played organized football before last season but was a talented high school soccer player. Durst beat out returning punter Ryan Shoemaker last year but now the two look to compete for the starting job for the 2009 season.
A grayshirt means that he will enroll at Auburn as a sholarship player in January of 2010. Cooper played quarterback as a senior but mostly wide receiver and safety as a junior and sophomore. Cooper could also end up playing tight end or linebacker.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Dontae Aycock- Will announce on signing day between Auburn and Georgia Tech; 75%
Emory Blake- Will announce on signing day between Auburn and Texas Tech; 50%
DeQuinta Jones- Will announce on signing day between Auburn, Tennessee and current commitment Michigan; 35%
David Oku- Will announce sometime after signing day between Auburn, Syracuse and former commitment Tennessee; 60%
Aubrey Phillips- Will announce at 8 a.m. on signing day between Auburn, FSU and current commitment Tennessee; 70%
Johnnie Farms- Will sign with North Carolina
Tana Patrick- Will announce at 10 a.m. on signing day between Auburn, Alabama, Miami and USC; 30%
Corey Gaines- Will sign with Ole Miss
Greg King- Will announce on signing day at noon between Auburn and Tennessee; 30%
Tracy Moore- Will sign with Oklahoma State
Robert Cooper- Will announce tomorrow between grayshirt at Auburn and UAB; 75%
If Taikwon Paige or Michael Eargle receive offers, expect either to sign with Auburn. Charlie Knipper will likely walk on.
There is no current time frame for a commitment.
Auburn currently is set at defensive tackle at four commitments for this year.
Aycock, out of Tampa, Fl, had over 30 offers including Louisville, Souh Carolina, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Illinois.
Colorado was Blake's last in home visit, which took place Friday. Blake will announce on Signing Day.
*Thanks to "Matt and Leigh" for the scoop.
A Melrose High School (Memphis, TN) assistant coach has spoken up about where he think three star linebacker Greg King plans to sign. He tells Auburn Undercover that he expects King will sign with Tennessee.
This is another big blow to Auburn's linebacker recruiting. After James Willis left, Auburn has been unsuccessful in getting linebacker commitments. Jonathan Atchison says he will sign with Alabama and Joel Kight committed to Ole Miss last night. If this coach is right, Auburn only has one last linebacker prospect, Tana Patrick, who is a longshot.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Four future Tigers visited Mississippi State this weekend. The trip reassured all four that they will be signing with Auburn. Izauea Lanier, Brandon Heavens, Jeremy Cox and Harris Gaston were the visitors. Heavens is expected to attend JUCO and Cox is a walk on.
Running back David Oku will take his recruitment past signing day and will decide between Auburn and Tennessee. Oku was seen at the Auburn vs. Vanderbilt basketball game holding a sign that read Running Back U and reportedly was very impressed this weekend.
Two surprise visitors showed up this weekend. Four star running back Dontae Aycock out of Tampa visited this weekend. Joining him was three star tight end and Oklahoma State commitment Tracy Moore.
Taikwon Paige did not receive an offer this weekend but could receive one at any time.
Aubrey Phillips will no longer sign with Tennessee as I had previously reported. After his official visit this weekend, it is down to Auburn and Arkansas.
A final decision can be expected Wednesday for Johnnie Farms. The four star lineman is currently committed to UNC.
Charlie Knipper was offered to walk on and Michael Eargle left without an offer but could see one come today. Eargle and Paige could be competing for an offer.
Greg King has narrowed his choices to Auburn and Tennessee. A decision can be expected on signing day.