News of the day, 1/28
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As for legitimate news, Auburn center Boubacar Sylla won't return this season. He suffered a "stress reaction" (just short of a stress fracture) in his left ankle 10 weeks ago. The ankle has improved, just not dramatically. The hope is that additional time will help the bone repair itself. I can't say he was going to be a major player this year or anything, but he's 7-foot-1 and surely that would have helped in some capacity.
Things are reasonably quiet on the recruiting front. The team snagged a commitment today from Williamson QB Brandon Smith. I'll talk more about that below.
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So on the Brandon Smith thing ... I've never understood the reasoning behind signing with a school while concurrently admitting that you can't make the grades to get into said school. I suppose Auburn could trumpet this as it getting some goodness out of a mostly disappointing recruiting situation in Mobile (Alabama has been better there so far), yet it's not like Smith is going to afford Auburn name recognition. With that said, he's loaded with tools and has the kind of skill set (strong arm, quick feet, above-average running instincts) that OC Tony Franklin values. Maybe he'll actually play for Auburn one day. Or not. Most of them don't.
I'm not a swami and I'm not a recruiting expert, but I believe Anniston High OT Antoine McClain will sign with Auburn. I still believe RB Enrique Davis will do the same.
I still haven't heard anything official on the game at West Virginia. Recall that there was plenty of talk in December that Auburn's trip to Morgantown, W.Va., was going to be rescheduled and that ESPN was going to be involved. I've asked about that. I get a lot of I-don't-knows on that one right now.
It sounds like J.O. Johnson DT Jomarcus Savage has made a decision. He'll choose between Auburn and Tennessee at a press conference on Wednesday morning. Savage (6-2, 260) could be a Sen'Derrick Marks-style recruit: Short on hype, long on drive.
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