Sunday, February 28, 2010

True or False?

Daren Bates has moved from safety to linebacker.
  • This is TRUE. Bates has moved to outside linebacker since injured players will be returning from last year.
Tyrik Rollison has told the staff he wants to transfer.
  • This is also TRUE. Rollison's father told Jeffrey Lee of AuburnSports.com that Rollison plans to leave Auburn for Sam Houston State.
Tyrik Rollison has left Auburn.
  • This is FALSE. Rollison has not left and there appears to be a chance that he could still stay on the Plains. Some close to the situation say Rollison may be having second thoughts about the move.
Gus Malzahn is the highest paid offensive coordinator in the SEC.
  • This now is TRUE ever since Malzahn's pay raise earlier this month.
I usually only do football but: John Brady will replace Jeff Lebo next season:
  • Assuming Lebo will get the ax at the end of the season, sources have told me Brady is THE MAN our administration has their eye on. The former LSU coach lead the Bayou Bengals to the Final Four in the 2005-2006 season.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Two Big Visitors

According to Rivals, Auburn will host two of the top juniors in the nation today in teammates Isaiah Crowell and Gabriel Wright. It is not clear how long they will stay on campus but they were supposed to arrive early this morning. More to come.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A-Day To Be Televised Nationally

Auburn's A-Day game will be televised nationally by ESPNU on April 17th. It is set to start at 1 PM.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

QB To Transfer

Tyrik Rollison will transfer to Sam Houston State according to his Facebook and AuburnSports.com. The star quarterback was suspended at the end of last season, in which he was redshirting. His father says he wanted to be closer to his home in Sulphur Springs, TX. This cuts the quarterback race down to Cameron Newton, Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chizik Speaks

Here are some highlights of Gene Chizik's meeting with the media today:
  • "There will be a battle at the quarterback position, and [Cam Newton will] be a part of that battle. May the best man win."
  • "Zac [Etheridge] is a day to day progression whether he can play again. But I feel very encouraged about the progress he has made."
  • "[Kodi Burns is] a wide receiver. He'll still play wildcat, but his predominant position is wide receiver"
  • Spring practice will be in the mornings this season. It will begin March 24. Practices will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with possible scrimmages on Saturdays.
  • Daren Bates will not participate in spring contact after having shoulder surgery.
  • Mario Fannin, Eric Smith and Onterio McCalebb will fight it out for the tailback position in the spring. Dontae Aycock will be used in multiple roles.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

  • Jonathan Rose picked up an offer from Auburn right before his visit and it went incredibly well. I expect him to commit to Auburn soon. Rose also has offers from Alabama and Florida State.
  • Commitment Spencer Region visited Auburn this weekend with his family. He says he cannot wait to get to Auburn and now plans to do whatever he can to graduate a semester early and enroll in Auburn next spring to get a head start with spring practices.
  • Region was joined on his visit by Rivals 250 Watch List center Reese Dismukes. Like Region, Dismukes was set to commit to Alabama but has had a change of heart. Many are stating he is an Auburn lean now and I believe it as well. He and Region are friends and have spoken about playing together in college. Dismukes will make a decision within the next month or two between Auburn, Alabama and Florida State according to AuburnUndercover. Dismukes also plans on graduating early.
  • AuburnSports.com tells us Georgia linebacker Demarcus Sherod took in Auburn this weekend and left with Auburn on top. He was All-Dekalb county as a junior while racking up 122 tackles. It is not clear if Sherod has an offer from the Tigers yet or not.
  • JaBrian Niles was also in Auburn. He says he grew up an Auburn fan and really hopes that they offer but says he has no favorites. He currently has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekend Visitors

Auburn will be hosting a number of unofficial visitors for the 2011 class this weekend. Among them are:
There may be a few others that I will list once they are confirmed on campus. Also, it should be noted that Alabama commitment Brent Calloway visited Auburn during the week this past week.

Chizik, Staff Get Raises

Gene Chizik and his staff have all received raises with Gus Malzahn's salary jumping up 43% from $350,000 to $500,000, according to Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham News. All other assistants were given a 10% raise and a one year extension to their contracts while the Birmingham News could not get a number on what Chizik's $1.9 million dollar contract was raised to. Here is a breakdown of the rest of the coaches:

Ted Roof: Jumped to $407,000
Trooper Taylor: To $352,000
Tracy Rocker: To $300,000
Jeff Grimes: To $319,000
Curtis Luper: To $286,000
Tommy Thigpen: To $275,000
Phillip Lolley and Jay Boulware: To $231,000

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Some Top Names for 2011: Defense

DE (2-3)
DT (2-3)
  • Samuel Harvill - 6'0", 255 lbs. - Springdale, AR
  • Phillip Dukes - 6'3", 295 lbs. - Manning, SC - Rivals 250 Watch List
  • Seth Thomas - 6'2", 265 lbs. - Madison, AL
  • Anthony Johnson - 6'4", 300 lbs. - New Orleans, LA - Rivals 250 Watch List - LSU Commit
  • Thomas Niles - 6'2", 260 lbs. - Gainesville, GA
  • Gavin Rocker - 6'2", 220 lbs. - Tyrone, GA
LB (2-3)
DB (3-4)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vote For Best Uniforms

Auburn defeated Michigan in the last round of voting. Auburn is currently up against Texas A&M. Go here to vote in the match-ups of LSU v. Alabama, Auburn v. Texas A&M, Penn State v. Missouri and Oklahoma v. Ohio State.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Some Top Names for 2011: Offense

QB (1)
RB (1-2)
  • Isaiah Crowell - 5'11", 190 lbs. - Columbus, GA - Rivals 250 Watch List
  • Quan Bray - 5'11", 178 lbs. - Hogansville, GA - Rivals 250 Watch List
  • Aaron Green - 5'11", 178 lbs. - San Antonio, TX - Rivals 250 Watch List
  • Chris Dukes - 5'9", 177 lbs. - Mobile, AL
WR (3-4)
TE (1)
OL (3-4)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vote For Best Uniforms

This week Auburn goes head to head with Michigan but voting closes tomorrow! Vote here for all matchups.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thigpen: Etheridge Will Return

The Opelika-Auburn News is reporting that Zac Etheridge will return 100 percent and he will play again, quoting Tommy Thigpen. For more, click here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Region Shocks Bama

Big time 2011 offensive lineman Spencer Region was considered an Alabama lock by most but he shocked the entire state today by committing to the Auburn Tigers. He is expected to be one of the top offensive linemen in the 2011 class and says he planned on committing to Alabama Friday night but made a switch Saturday. Region says Alabama's coaches took him for granted and Auburn's coaches never pressured him. Region says he may visit other schools but he will sign with Auburn.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2010 Is Over! 2011 Begins!

Auburn picked up their first commitment for the 2011 class from former signee Izauea Lanier. Lanier signed with the Tigers out of high school in the 2009 class but failed to qualify and attended East Mississippi Community College. The safety had 66 tackles last season. For more on his previous commitment to Auburn, click the tag below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Signing Class Cliffs Notes

  • Joel Bonomolo - DE - 6'3", 245 - Fullerton Community College (CA) - Metaire, LA - Four star on Rivals, three star on Scout, NR on ESPN.com
  • Kenneth Carter - DT - 6'5", 267 - Greenville High School - Greenville, AL - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Ed Christian - OT - 6'5", 280 - Lowndes High School - Valdosta, GA - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com
  • Steven Clark - P - 6'5", 230 - Park Hill High School - Kansas City, MO - Two star on Rivals, two star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Shon Coleman - OT - 6'7", 285 - Olive Branch High School - Olive Branch, MS - Five star on Rivals, four star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Jessel Curry - OLB - 6'2", 215 - Buford High School - Buford, GA - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, two star (FB) on ESPN.com
  • Chris Davis - CB - 5'11", 177 - Woodlawn High School - Birmingham, AL - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Justin Delaine - DE - 6'5", 225 - Linden High School - Linden, AL - Three star on Rivals, two star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Michael Dyer - RB - 5'8", 201 - Little Rock Christian - Little Rock, AR - Five star on Rivals, five star on Scout, five star on ESPN.com
  • Tunde Fariyike - OL - 6'3", 295 - Upson Lee High School - Thomaston, GA - Two star on Rivals, two star on Scout, NR on ESPN.com
  • Roszell Gayden - OL - 6'7", 310 - College of the Sequoias - New Hope, MN - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, NR on ESPN.com
  • Antonio Goodwin - WR - 6'2", 170 - Washington High School - Atlanta, GA - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com.
  • Jake Holland - MLB - 6'1", 228 - Pelham High School - Pelham, AL - Four star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Shaun Kitchens - WR - 6'3", 211 - Banneker High School - College Park, GA - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com
  • Corey Lemonier - DE - 6'5", 223 - Hialeah High School - Hialeah, FL - Four star on Rivals, five star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com
  • Eric Mack - OL - 6'4", 315 - Calhoun County High School - St. Matthews, SC - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com
  • Demetruce McNeal - S - 6'1", 176 - Banneker High School - College Park, GA - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com.
  • Jonathon Mincy - CB - 5'10", 175 - Southwest Dekalb High School - Decatur, GA - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com.
  • Brandon Mosley - OL - 6'6", 285 - Coffeyville C.C. - Jefferson, GA - Four star on Rivals, three star on Scout, NR on ESPN.com
  • Dakota Mosley - TE - 6'4", 252 - Little Rock Christian - Little Rock, AR - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com
  • Cameron Newton - QB - 6'6", 247 - Blinn College - Atlanta, GA - Five star on Rivals, four star on Scout, NR on ESPN.com.
  • LaDarius Owens - OLB - 6'2", 225 - Jess Lanier High School - Bessemer, AL - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com.
  • Cody Parkey - K - 6'2", 195 - Jupiter High School - Jupiter, FL - Three star on Rivals, four star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com.
  • Ladarious Phillips - FB - 6'1", 275 - Handley High School - Roanoke, AL - Two star on Rivals, two star on Scout, NR on ESPN.com.
  • Trovon Reed - WR - 6'0", 173 - Thibodaux High School - Thibodaux, LA - Four star on Rivals, five star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com.
  • Jeremy Richardson - WR - 6'4", 220 - Springville High School - Springville, AL - Four star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com.
  • Craig Sanders - DE - 6'4", 230 - Ariton High School - Ariton, AL - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com.
  • Chad Slade - OL - 6'6", 315 - Moody High School - Moody, AL - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com.
  • Ryan Smith - S - 6'2", 208 - Cordova High School - Cordova, AL - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, two star on ESPN.com.
  • Jeffrey Whitaker - DT - 6'3", 295 - Warner Robins High School - Warner Robins, GA - Four star on Rivals, four star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com.
  • Jawara White - OLB - 6'2", 220 - Henderson High School - Troy, AL - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, four star on ESPN.com.
  • Ryan White - CB - 6'0", 185 - Lincoln, HS - Tallahassee, FL - Three star on Rivals, three star on Scout, three star on ESPN.com.

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

National Signing Day Chat

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  • Link to live stream of Lattimore announcement here.
  • 2011 offensive lineman Spencer Region set to announce this Friday at 10 a.m. I think he is leaning toward Alabama.
  • Marcus Lattimore picks USC over Auburn.
  • Corey Lemonier will announce between Auburn and FSU around 11 am CT tomorrow. He will notify the coaches of his decision tonight according to Phillip Marshall.
  • Byran Jones' teammate Alan Turner was offered by Arkansas a while back and that could be enough to seal the deal of Jones to Arky even though Turner is not likely to qualify.
  • I am still going to predict Coleman will sign with Auburn. He will announce at 9 a.m. CT along with his teammate Damien Robinson.
  • Many think D.J. Howard will end up at Kentucky.
  • Markeith Ambles will announce at 10 a.m. CT and Rivals lists Auburn, Tennessee, UNC and USCw as his finalists.

Howard Gone

As expected, D.J. Howard has de-committed according to Goupstate.com.

NSD

Hey guys. I will be putting a chat up tonight for the Marcus Lattimore announcement and will leave it up throughout National Signing Day while putting updates under it...as of now I am expecting Lattimore to USC. Also, keep an eye on a new name: Ryan Smith.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Whitaker Picks Tigers

Jeffrey Whitaker has committed to Auburn. The four star defensive tackle chose Auburn over UGA and Miami. He is the second defensive tackle commitment and the 29th overall commitment for 2010.