Tuesday, June 30, 2009
- Corey Grant was back in Auburn today on an unofficial visit.
- Izauea Lanier apparently still has not received his score on the ACT (or has not made it public yet). I am not expecting him to qualify.
- John Cullen says Utah, Tennessee and Hawaii have recently offered. His top three are Auburn, Tennessee and Utah. Cullen plans on graduating in December. He is teammates with Joel Bonomolo.
- As of now, Scout.com ranks Auburn's 2010 recruiting class 24th. This is only because of the smaller number of current commitments (8) for Auburn versus schools like Texas (19) and Stanford (21).
- Rivals has been counting down their top 120 in the nation for the 2009 season. They rated Auburn 52nd. Auburn finished last season 67th.
- Four star wide receiver on Rivals, rated 81/100 on ESPN.com. Rated the seventh best receiver in the nation out of high school in 2007.
- Listed number 41 on the 2007 Rivals 100
- Bastrop, Louisiana (Bastrop High School) and Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.
- Born November 17, 1987
- Committed on National Signing Day
- 6'3", 210 lbs., 4.4 sec 40 yard dash
- Senior year stats: 40 catches for 947 yards and 15 touchdowns; as a junior he caught 41 passes for 869 yards and 11 touchdowns.
- Led his team to a second straight state championship.
- Earned Louisiana 4A all-state honors as a junior and senior, named a high school All-American by Parade Magazine and SuperPrep. On the Baton Rogue Advocate Super Dozen, New Orleans Times Picayune's Blue Chip List and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100.
- Out of high school and Hargrave combined, had offers from many schools nationwide including LSU, Ole Miss and Florida State.
- Took official visits to Auburn and LSU.
- He has previously signed with LSU. He did not qualify and ended up at Hargrave Military Academy. He was planning on signing with LSU again but rumors swirled that LSU pulled his offer to assure that Rueben Randle would sign with LSU. He calls Auburn his perfect school but rumors recently came out that he wanted to transfer to Arkansas. These are unproven.
- He is a Signing Day Surprise if I have ever seen one...
- Trooper Taylor played a big role in getting Benton to Auburn.
- Benton has been cleared to play and is enrolled in Auburn. I have heard he showed up to workouts very out of shape but the staff will have him in shape.
- Looks to be a major contributor at receiver.
Monday, June 29, 2009
- Hey guys...took the weekend off. I will usually try and post a couple of things a day but just didn't today.
- Jeffrey Whitaker plans to visit July 18th. I've heard rumors that the next big recruiting event could either come this weekend or that weekend (of the 18th). He has no top schools but Tracy Rocker is helping us stay high on his board.
- It appears that Tim Jackson will want to go to Auburn for one of his official visits.
- 2009 UNC signee and old Auburn target Johnnie Farms did not qualify and will go to Hargrave Military. This could end up as good news for Auburn. The new staff hardly got to recruit Farms and we were still one of his top teams. Maybe the staff can try and steal him.
- Marcus Lattimore says he has no favorite and he wants to take all five of his official visits.
- DeMarco Cobbs says he is leaning toward USC right now. He wants to trim his top 10 down to a top 5 soon.
- Arkansas dismissed second string linebacker Khiry Battle after a weekend of drunk driving. I cannot see this affecting us really but just thought I would add that.
- Roy Finch has committed to Oklahoma.
- Jay Tate says as far as he knows, Cameron Henderson and Philip Pierre-Louis are in good standing with the team.
- More a little later on.
Friday, June 26, 2009
- Wes Rea will have time to have an extended visit to Auburn in July. He has a baseball tournament in Auburn and plans to meet the football coaches.
- Alec Ogletree has committed to UGA.
- Another school that will for sure be in Khairi Fortt's top 5 is Penn State.
- Auburn leads for OL/TE Dakota Mosley. Auburn is recruiting him as an offensive lineman. He visited Illinois this past week. He is teammates with Michael Dyer.
- Jarrick Williams has committed to Alabama. Go figure.
- Tyrik Rollison will wear number 17 at Auburn.
- I will not have a signee profile today or tomorrow. I will pick back up with Deangelo Benton on Sunday.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
- Khairi Fortt says he will announce his final six at the end of the summer. After a visit to UNC this weekend, he says they will be one of them.
- The SEC Media Days will be July 22-24 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, AL. Vandy, MSU, Arkansas and Kentucky will be the 22nd, Alabama, UGA, Ole Miss and Florida will be the 23rd and Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU will be the 24th.
- Student-athletes representing Auburn at Media Days will be Tommy Trott and Antonio Coleman.
- Marcus Lattimore says he had a great visit to South Carolina. He says he cannot name a leader currently. He will cut his top 8 to a top 5 at the end of summer.
- Davis Dudchock committed to Vanderbilt. The Auburn legacy had an offer from Auburn.
- Kyle Prater would like to trim his list to five soon. Already in are Oklahoma, USC and Illinois.
- That's all for now. Getting some studying in...
- Two star safety according to Rivals. Considered the "sleeper" of the class. Rated a 77/100 by ESPN.
- Olive Branch, Mississippi (Olive Branch High School)
- Born November 27, 1990
- Committed on January 29, 2009
- 5'11", 195 lbs, 4.5 sec 40 yard dash, 2.7 GPA
- Teammates with 2010 offensive line target Damien Robinson
- 2008 stats: 90 tackles and four interceptions in his senior season. Also had almost 900 offensive yards.
- Named to the MHSAA All Region 1 Class 5A team. Selected to the Commercial Appeal Shelby Metro All-Suburban team. Named BankPlus Player of the Week after a win in which he had 107 total yards, three touchdowns, ten tackles and an interception.
- Had offers from Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas State, Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and Central Arkansas.
- Took official visits to Auburn and Arkansas State.
- He was previously committed to Arkansas State. When Auburn offered, he changed his commitment within two days. Right before he committed, Alabama tried to get him to visit and he told them was was "all Auburn" now.
- Says he never spoke to the previous staff. Trooper Taylor began recruiting him at Oklahoma State and played a major role in pulling him to Auburn.
- Says if he did not go to Auburn he probably would have chosen Tennessee.
- Bates may need to take another class this summer before he can gain admittance. He will likely be ready to play in the fall.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
- LaDarius Owens seems to be torn between Auburn and Alabama. He called the schools even. He seems to really like coach James (Benedict) Willis but could be turned off by the Alabama depth at linebacker. This could end up being the biggest in-state battle of 2010. All these new articles about Owens remind me of Oku Watch...not again!
- D.J. Howard says he would prefer to play running back in college but would be fine playing safety. He could be near a decision. His top two seem to be Auburn and Clemson.
- Michael Thornton's top three are Auburn, Ole Miss and Miami. His top three previously included South Carolina instead of Ole Miss.
- I've heard Corey Grant could visit this weekend.
- Also, anyone who posts or lurks on the Auburn Football Message Board on Yuku, we lost a great guy and great Auburn fan, Andrew Frederick, who went by the username theplainstruth. Prayers are requested for his family...
- Four star running back (16th best RB overall) but considered an athlete. Listed 165th on the Rivals 250.
- Tampa, Florida (Chamberlain High School)
- Born: October 15, 1991
- Committed on National Signing Day (Feb. 4, 2009)
- 5'10", 216 lbs., 4.5 sec 40 yard dash, "good student"
- Brother of Detroit Lions free safety Dwight Smith, who was the first player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a Super Bowl (XXXVII).
- 2008 stats: 1,406 rushing yards for 28 touchdowns; as a quarterback he completed 77 of 152 passes for 1,491 yards and 17 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. Full stats here.
- Led his team to an 11-2 record, a district championship and class 5A region final appearance.
- Led his county in rushing and scoring.
- FSWA 5A First Team All State, First Team All Suncoast Team, honorable mention for 2007 all state team,
- Had offers from Auburn, Duke, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tulane, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Kansas, Ole Miss, New Mexico, South Carolina, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Iowa, and South Florida.
- He took official visits to Georgia Tech, Louisville and Auburn.
- He was committed to Georgia Tech. He was told if he visited Auburn that Georgia Tech would pull his offer. He took an official visit to Auburn the weekend before National Signing Day. Georgia Tech pulled his offer and lost out on a great running back.
- Major factors in his decision to come to Auburn included Curtis Luper and the offense of Gus Malzahn.
- Aycock says that, looking back, he would have never committed to Georgia Tech. Tech was recruiting him at quarterback.
- It is believed he could turn into a high carry, "slashing" type back who can still make a big run. Probably will contribute on special teams this season if he is not redshirted.
- He is qualified and arrived in Auburn on this past Saturday.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
- Anyone have any polls you would like to see to the left? This one has been overwhelmingly one option.
- Since I have had a few requests, I will put together a mock recruiting class sometime this week. I want to point out that it will be only of guys who have offers right now and it will be a very preliminary look.
- Also, soon I will begin profiling a 2009 signee every day.
- That is all for now.
Monday, June 22, 2009
- I have heard multiple rumors that Tyrik Rollison is on campus but as of now I do not believe he has been cleared. I have contacted him and did not immediately get a response.
- Michael Dyer says that Notre Dame is now firmly in the mix for him. He did say Auburn is still his leader. He says his decision will probably come during the season. Sorry if everyone gets excited and expects an announcement soon...these kids keep changing their minds...I just report what I hear.
- Corey Grant will decide between Auburn, Alabama and Florida before the start of his senior season. Everyone thinks he is a Florida lock but I have heard rumors that Alabama has been making a big impression on him.
- Joel Bonomolo has named Auburn as his leader. He will visit Auburn at the end of the month and will then make his decision. I think a visit will lock him up for us. He is JUCO teammates with another Auburn target, John Cullen.
- Dimitri Orr is hoping for an offer from Auburn. He has Auburn and Arkansas as his top two and currently holds an offer from the Hogs and Vanderbilt. He came away from the Auburn senior camp with an MVP award. He wants to make his decision before his senior year begins.
- Bradley Roby named his top three as Auburn, Vanderbilt and Ohio State.
- I also read somewhere that Lache Seastrunk plans to have his decision made by July but may indeed hold off a public announcement until January.
- WEEI Radio in Boston is reporting that the Red Sox will follow Brandon Jacobs' wood bat tournament this summer and see if it would be worth signing him to a bonus.
- Scout.com has come out with their Alabama top 50 and surprisingly Jeremy Richardson is not even in the top ten or the best wide receiver. Solomon Patton is ranked ahead of him. The only Auburn commitment on this list is Jawara White who ranks tenth. LaDarius Owens is 9th and Corey Grant is 6th.
- I've been hearing that new Rivals evaluations could come out at the end of the month so a ton of prospects (L. Owens, J. Curry...etc.) will get stars or have their ratings improved.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
- Deion Belue committed to Alabama. He had previously named us his leader as recently as late May.
- Right now, I am watching the 2004 Auburn-LSU game on CSS. Anybody else?
- 2010 DB/WR DeMarco McNeal says he hopes to get an offer from Auburn soon. He seems very interested in Auburn.
- Anthony Williams recently said he could be making a decision soon but it appears now, after speaking with his parents, he will hold off a bit longer. He plans to visit Florida, LSU and Auburn in July and expects to have a decision after that. His favorites are Florida, LSU, Auburn, FSU and Georgia Tech, in no particular order.
- Wide receiver target Antonio Goodwin will now play in the Under Armour All-American Game. A lot of people like our chances with him.
- Marcus Lattimore says he will narrow his top 8 down to five at the end of July. He has recently visited Clemson and Georgia.
- Michael Dyer is planning a summer decision. He says he plans to go back on the road in mid-July. He said he "needs" to visit LSU, Notre Dame and Auburn again. He did not mention Arkansas at all...
Friday, June 19, 2009
- First off I would like to welcome my new follower which brings my grand total of followers to 6, haha.
- If you have a Rivals subscription, you have read the War Room most likely. If not, it could be a good time to try a 7 day free trial. Bryan Matthews and Jeffrey Lee could just be blowing smoke but there was some positive information in there.
- I will respect their requests not to spread any of the information on there however. All I will relay is that a rumor has been confirmed to me. Lache Seastrunk appears very close to having a decision even though he wanted to hold off and announce at the Army All-American game. This early decision could be very good news for Auburn.
- I will also point out that Jonathan Mincy, LaDarius Owens and Michael Dyer could very easily all have decisions within the next month, but this has been known.
- Jay Tate also has an interesting "mock press conference" with Luper and Trooper on his blog. Check it out here.
- In 2012 or 2013, it appears Auburn will play Jacksonville State according to school officials.
- Great article here about what the university is going to do with money made from the SEC television deals.
- That is all for now. I'm driving to Atlanta for the weekend but I will keep updating the blog. Everybody have a good, safe weekend.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- Coach Trooper Taylor was on Sports Call today. He made it sound as if July's big event could be the Fourth of July weekend. He said an upcoming holiday will be very enjoyable for Auburn fans and to save money by not buying fireworks because this unknown event will be "the fireworks".
- He also said he thinks he can sign 6 of his 8 wide receiver targets.
- Still no concrete information about Aairon Savage.
- Chad Slade visited last weekend. He said if he is offered he will likely accept. His only offer right now if from Mississippi State.
- Everyone now is raving over Jessel Curry. He is being called "freakish". Looks like he is very underrated. I think he will have stars up next month.
- Markeith Ambles' recruiting is beginning to fall apart. He has had offers withdrawn from Southern California and Auburn. He also had his offer to play in the Under Armour All-American Game withdrawn. I've also heard that Florida might have withdrawn theirs. I am not exactly sure but I have heard there are off the field issues.
- Long time coming, but Lamarcus Joyner officially eliminated Auburn. He named his top six as Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
- Also, not football related, but the Village, the new dorms being built across from Beard-Eaves, will not be finished on time. Two of the eight buildings will not be completed until September or October. Students scheduled to live in these two buildings will be in the Extension until they are ready.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- Auburn has offered 2011 OT Brey Cook. He currently holds offers from Auburn, Oklahoma and Tulsa. He is from Springdale, Arkansas.
- 2011 tackle Travis Bodenstein says he loves Auburn right now. Gus Malzahn coaches his older brother in high school. Auburn could be close to offering. He is also from Springdale, Arkansas.
- Curry says he is 100% to Auburn. Of course, he also was previously committed to West Virginia but I would still call him a solid commitment.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
- I do not know if we are seriously pursuing a tight end in this class but if we are it looks like our goal is Travis Dickson. He says he thinks he would be a good fit at Auburn and his recruitment by Auburn seems to have really flourished. I think he really does like us and could return in July for camp.
- Dakota Mosley finally picked up an offer from Auburn after this weekend. He is a teammate of Michael Dyer. He is being recruited as an offensive lineman and not a tight end. His only other current offers are Tulsa and Louisiana Tech.
- Auburn is still the leader for Chase Hughes, an offensive lineman who plays with commitment Jeremy Richardson. He also likes Vanderbilt and may look at Alabama. His brother currently attends Auburn.
- Nigel Terrell says he will have a list of his top schools by the end of the month. I am not sure that he has a committable offer from Auburn right now but Auburn has been near the top of his list.
- A new name, Jared Morse, attended camp this weekend and really seemed to enjoy it. He currently holds offers from Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Kentucky. He says Auburn has the "whole package".
- LaDarius Owens visited this weekend with his uncle, James Owens, who was the first black football player at Auburn. Owens could be nearing a decision but still plans to visit Florida State, Clemson and Auburn, once again, and possibly others this summer.
- The only quarterback I really could have seen us going for in the 2010 class, Barry Brunetti, ended his recruitment by committing to West Virginia. We were hardly pursuing him.
- I do not like supporting rumors but I will inform you that there is one swirling involving Aairon Savage and a pretty bad injury that occurred during conditioning. Again, rumor, so do not take that as even half-true, but you will know when I do if there is anything to this. Last I have heard is that he was recovering very well from last season's injury. I will probably know tomorrow.
- It's late. I'm going to bed.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
- Jessel Curry has asked to be released from his commitment to West Virginia. He says he will decide between Auburn and West Virginia within a week or two. I see a commitment coming for the good guys...
- Jarrick Williams made his first ever visit to Auburn. He appears to still be a 'Bama lean...
- Michael Dyer is staying until Monday.
- Shaun Kitchens and Tres Houston are still at Auburn. No word if they are staying another night.
- The top defensive lineman at the camp was Xzavier Dickson and the top offensive lineman was Taylor Peterson.
- LeVander Liggins was at the camp. He could end up being a top prospect in the 2011 class. He attends the same school that Travante Stallworth attended.
- Also, Solomon Patton made it official and committed to Florida.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I would like to make my status clear regarding my potential professional baseball career.
As of now, I am still committed to Auburn University until there is an agreement made with the Boston Red Sox. As you know, all players must give a final number value before anything is done and then the organization needs to negotiate the numbers before signing. We are in the middle of negotiating with the Boston Red Sox at this time.
If we are [fortunate] to make an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, I will make my final decision at that point.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- Unofficial visitors for tomorrowinclude Jarrick Williams, Antonio Goodwin, Qudral Forte and D.J. Howard.
- Not a lot has been going on. Today has been run by the Alabama probation announcement. I am trying to stay away from it because this is an Auburn blog but if you have not heard about it (you obviously do not live in Alabama) you can read the report here.
- Shaun Kitchens is also on campus for passing camp. Other teammates of his camping are DeMarco McNeal, Demetruce McNeal and Tres Houston. Jawara White, Pee Wee Cobb, Calvin Jenkins, Corey Grant, Jacolby Hardnett, Terrance Slaughter, Quinton Hill, Raheem Billington and Brian Bailey are all also camping.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
- Nigel Terrell now has a top three of Auburn, Arkansas and Florida State. He recently was listed as on the ESPNU 150 Watch List.
- DeMarco Cobbs recently named his top eight. They are Auburn, USC, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas.
- Tyrone Cornileus recently said he will announce at the end of the month. Today his top three were announced as Miami, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
- Today the Major League Baseball draft begins and runs through Thursday. Brandon Jacobs is likely to be drafted and Clint Moseley is a possibility. Jacobs has visited the Red Sox, Yankees, Royals and Brewers. He has been projected to go in the 3rd through the 6th round. The draft just began with Stephen Stasburg going first overall.
- Anthony Williams said he did not want to name a top school right now but that he really likes Auburn right now. He will make a decision in the fall.
- Athlete Sam Gibson committed to LSU.
Monday, June 8, 2009
- LaDarius Owens named his top five in order of favorites. They are: 1) Auburn, 2) LSU, 3) Alabama, 4) Tennessee, 5) Florida State
- Jonathan Mincy also named his top five. In no particular order: LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Ohio State and Tennessee. He said that Auburn is still up there and that he feels comfortable whenever he is on the Plains.
- Victor Beasley picked up an offer from Alabama this weekend and says he came close to committing to them. Not the best news.
- I'm hearing rumors that, after his Thursday visit, Corey Grant returned to Auburn on Friday to watch some of the passing camps. Looks like better news for us.
- Good news regarding Lache Seastrunk: He decided against showing up to the Texas camp this weekend like he was supposed to. Apparently he was not too interested in giving an interview to Texas' Rivals site either.
- Make sure you come back around 5:35 to see Jawara White's decision.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
- Peachtree Ridge won the passing camp today over John Carroll, 28-26.
- Peachtree Ridge's top player, Bradley Roby, picked up an offer from the Tigers today and now considers them one of his top teams. He is a three star WR/CB who also has offers from Ole Miss, West Virginia and South Carolina, among others.
- Jawara White visited today. We will likely hear more about that later on today.
Friday, June 5, 2009
- I am pretty sure that Lache Seastrunk did not end up going on the Round Table.
- LaDarius Owens recently named Auburn as his leader but he has added two other teams into consideration. LSU and Tennessee joined Auburn and Alabama in the battle for the in-state linebacker.
- Tyrone Cornileus said he will announce his decision by the end of the month. Currently, Miami leads.
- A name that we have not seen in a while, Dale Trimble, recently came up. He named his leaders as Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Clemson.
- Some interesting articles for your reading pleasure: Tony Franklin breaks the silence and Chizik brings new energy to Auburn.
- ESPN's College Football Live has been having a 50 states tour lately. Monday and Tuesday will both be devoted to the state of Alabama.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- Auburn target Ryan Ayers has been named to the Under Armour All-American Game. ESPN.com says Georgia Tech is the team to beat.
- Gibbs High School (St. Petersburg, FL) defensive end Tim Jackson has put Auburn at the top of his list.
- Curtis Luper commented on the SEC limit of 28 signees per class. He said:
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- EDITED: Yeah...that was not an actual quote...forget what used to be right here...
- Tank Sessions says that Auburn is now at the top of his list with a few others. He previously listed Georgia as his favorite but now says he is looking around again.
- LaDarius Owens officially named Auburn as his leader.
- Joel Bonomolo says Auburn is his favorite right now but that could change if LSU offers him.
- Auburn's first team passing camp will begin Thursday.
- Carlos Thompson, Quentin Groves' step-brother, said the staff would offer him when he visits this summer.
- Trooper Taylor spoke in Monroe County last night and hinted that he wanted to get in on the Kyle Prater sweepstakes. Coaches are not allowed to directly speak of players who have not signed a letter of intent.
- This morning on the radio Curtis Luper said that coming next will be bigger than Tiger Prowl and Big Cat Weekend combined.
Monday, June 1, 2009
- Damien Jacobs says that after the visit, if he picked up an offer from Auburn, he would put the Tigers second on his list behind Florida State.
- Jawara White was quoted as saying, when asked about a timeframe of making a decision, "I may have already made (my decision). You never know."
- Commitment Shaun Kitchens says he has become friends with Marcus Lattimore and says that he is trying to recruit Lattimore to join the recruiting class.
- Jamie Newberg, one of the top writers for the Auburn staff, was interviewed on 680 The Fan in Atlanta and said he believes that Marcus Lattimore will be an Auburn Tiger and called Big Cat Weekend an overall success.
- JUCO defensive end Ken Adams said that Auburn is still at the top of his list. He originally signed with the Tigers out of high school.
- Jeremy Richardson apparently had a great trip this weekend. At the beginning of recruiting, he was named as one of, if not THE number one target for the coaches this year.
- Also, a lot is being made about this if you have not seen it yet. Basically it is Lache Seastrunk saying into a camera that Nick Saban is "sh*t out of luck" with recruiting LaDarius Owens, followed by "What's up Nick Saban? Wait 'til we get here".
- More to come later today most likely regarding Big Cat Reactions.