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1.18.2009

Recruit-by-recruit breakdown

Here is a more in-depth look at the Auburn visitors I saw:

TANA PATRICK
Linebacker from Stevenson

Player host: Craig Stevens

On the trip in general: "Met all the coaches, ate a whole bunch of food. I'm tired of eating food right now."

On the Auburn coaching staff: "All of them are great guys. Real family-oriented. I'm all about family. It helps down the line."

On already knowing Auburn assistant Phillip Lolley, who coached Patrick's older brother in high school: "Yeah, I talked to Coach Lolley a pretty good bit. I've known him ever since I was young. (I'm) getting to know him a lot better. Plus, it helps since he's already here and where I'm from."

He expects to announce a decision on Signing Day.



EMORY BLAKE
Wideout from Austin, Texas

Player host: Kodi Burns

On the trip in general: "I had a blast, really. A lot of people recognized me. I was surprised by that. We were just walking around downtown and people recognized me."

On where Auburn stands in his recruitment: "I tend to not make decisions while I'm on the visit because my emotions are on high. Every school you go to, you want to go there. I'll go back home and try to make an important decision for myself.

On Auburn helping itself by making this trip happen: "If I didn't come, I wouldn't have considered them. It definitely helped them. It was different from what I expected. It was better than I expected, actually. I had a great trip."


DEMOND WASHINGTON
All-purpose back from Tallassee
(via Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College)
Ole Miss commitment

Player host: Phillip Pierre-Louis

On rumors that he had de-committed from Ole Miss: "It's in between Auburn and Ole Miss."

On if being close to home helps Auburn's case: "Being close to home, that's not always good. You can go home and get in trouble. If I decided to come here, that won't be a factor. I'll be here on the weekends. (Tallassee) is a small city, but there's all kinds of trouble to get into. It's easy to get into; hard to get out of."

On where he'll play in college: "As of right now, they're still saying I can play any position. Offense, defense, I'm still in that mix. Running back, receiver, corner."

He won't announce anything until Singing Day, but hopes to make a decision before then: "I don't want this buried on my back. I hope it won't go long."


NOSA EGUAE
Defensive end from Mansfield, Texas

Player host: Mike Goggans

On the trip in general: "It doesn't get much better than this. I can't lie -- Big 12 doesn't compare to the stuff you see in the SEC. It's chillin', just the way Tiger Walk is and how Alabama people feel about their football."

On where Auburn stands among his hierarchy:
"It doesn't get much better than this. I can't lie -- Big 12 doesn't compare to the stuff you see in the SEC. It's chillin', just the way Tiger Walk is and how Alabama people feel about their football."

On Tracy Rocker: "He's a hell of a coach. He's a humble guy. People bring up the awards he won, that his face is on the stadium and stuff like that. He told me that none of that matter. That's what he did. What matters is what he wants me to do and the type of player I'll be."


ANTHONY GULLEY
Slot receiver from Brantley

Player hosts: Lee Ziemba and Ryan Pugh

On deciding between Auburn and Troy: "I'm going to commit next week to Auburn."

On waiting to announce a commitment: "Because I've got to go visit Troy. I don't want to disappoint coach (Shayne) Wasden. He told me they might make me change my decision."

On why he likes Auburn so much: "It just feels like this is my home – where I need to be. The field. The coaches. All of their coaching staff (are) Christians and I grew up in church and that's all I've known. It's a good thing."

On possibly playing baseball (shortstop) in college: "I talked to coach (James) Willis about that and he said all you've got to do is talk to the baseball coach."


JOHN SULLEN
Offensive lineman from Auburn High
Broke commitment to Southern Miss today; now with Auburn

On the trip in general: "It was a great experience for me. It was a side of Auburn I hadn't seen yet. It was like a completelu different world."

On Auburn's search for a new offensive line coach: "They said that he should be named soon and I'm pretty sure he'll fit right in. He'll have to with the new staff. I love the new staff. Everybody is so down to earth. It was great. You got a good family vibe and everything."

On the possibility for early playing time: "They said I can come in and compete early. I was planning on competing anyway, so it's great, to have a chance to play early as a starter in the SEC. So you really can't beat it."


DeQUINTA JONES
Defensive lineman from Bastrop, La.
Committed to Michigan

He was in a hurry to make a flight back home.

Player host: Jake Ricks

On the best part of the trip: "I'd say the whole thing. Basically, everything was good. I knew it was going to be a good visit down here."

On where Auburn stands among his hierarchy: "They're up very high. Michigan, Arkansas and Oklahoma are there, too."

On plans to announce his choice: "It'll be on Signing Day. I'll surprise everyone."



BRANDON MOORE
Offensive/defensive lineman from Montgomery

On the trip in general: "Auburn was alright. At first, Auburn was a little shaky, but I got to talk with Coach Chizik and Coach Rocker. They really left a good impression on my parents."

Coming in, everyone figured you were choosing between Alabama and Florida. Did this trip change your mind at all?: "A little bit, yeah. If my parents are comfortable ... then I'm comfortable and then everybody's comfortable."

On Auburn being considered even with Alabama and Florida: "You really can't compare Alabama and Florida with Auburn. They're rebuilding. They don't even have their whole coaching staff, so I can't really get comfortable with people who don't have a whole coaching staff."

21 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks for all the updates Jay.

12:54 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

you da man!

1:07 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

the depth is pretty shallow.

just kiddin' Jay GT; I know you're not finished with it yet.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Right. I had to chase down Brandon Moore, who just left.

1:13 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

That's a real nice looking group of young men. I hope they choose AU, but regardless, I wish them all the best as long as it''s not at UA-T.

1:15 PM  
Blogger JetZenkirchen said...

Charlie Trotman

1:19 PM  
Blogger JetZenkirchen said...

Pat Sullivan

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

Ooooocho

1:40 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Hallelujah Hollywood. Elvis has just left the building. Scratch my back with a hacksaw. Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one too.

Yes. Pens win. YEA!!!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

auburnfan ... it's already on the blog.

1:54 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Wow, reading some of these posts makes me wonder if the end of the world is coming. AU fans should put this past season behind them and move on. It was a hard year to take but Au will be OK. We could have a worse W-L record but really should have had a better W-L record. These kids did not forget how to play ball. They were put in a bad position and had to move forward with no leadership.

Chizik will do fine. I think it will take until next year to get the recruits he wants. Unitl then, maybe he has let some of those that are decomitting know that AU is not that interested. Earlier this year many 'fans' were bemoaning the recruits AU was getting. Now that some are going elsewhere, many 'fans' are wondering what is wrong with AU.

AU will be fine, You need to give Chizik some time.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I want Emory Blake.

Any chance our new O-line coach was his recruiter at Colorado?

2:06 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Read the whole thing...nice work Jay!

2:53 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

So far I am not overly excited about any of the comments from recruits. The real measuring stick will come on signing day.

2:57 PM  
Blogger mrdude said...

Thanks for the great coverage!

It sounds like Brandon Moore isn't giving Auburn serious consideration partially due to the fact that there was no OL coach when he visited. If only the OL coach job was filled BEFORE he visited things might be different. But at least we have an OL coach before next weekend when Farms is visiting.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Moore wants to play defense.

3:02 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Jay GT-
That is awesome coverage. You are DA MAN. Many MANY thanks.

3:31 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I read it. Here is a comment.

And Jay, you re good enough and smart enough and doggonit, people like you.

3:42 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay I love the coverage and the pics! No one does it better than you!

Gulley for Perkins is a good trade imo. I sure wish Moore and Tana liked us more. I think it's just a case of too little too late. The one thing that I dont have a good answer for re: the old staff is how they totally ignored so many great recruits especially ones that were AU fans like Shackleford and Tim simon.

I dont know how many if any suprises this new staff will come up with but they have indeed served notice that they will be a force in Alabama next year on the recruiting trail.

Jay you said that Moore wants to play DL? Is that was he is being recruited for by us and the others?

3:53 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

Moore seems enthralled.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Moore wants to play defense.

I think most schools (Auburn included) seem him as an OL, but he doesn't want to hear that.

4:55 PM  

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