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Sunday recruiting chatter

1/11/09, MORNING

Hey everyone. I have spoken with several Auburn recruits this morning as they left for home after official visits. They leave from different places, so it's impossible for me -- a one-man operation -- to catch everyone.

So here are the guys I have met so far:

Wideout from Mobile/Auburn commitment

On meeting with position coach Trooper Taylor for the first time: "He's a good guy. I liked him. He made me read an article about him -- how he's a good man and a good recruiter. It was about him adopting his football players.

On his ability to contribute early in his career: "He'd like to get me the ball because I'm a play-maker. He's seen my highlight film and all that. If he has to put me in the backfield, I'll still get the ball. He said I could come and play. He said he needs a play-maker."

On rating his visit on a scale of 1-10: "Probably a 10. I want to come back for another visit."

Defensive end from Mobile/Auburn commitment

On his best weekend memory: "We have a great relationship and (Gene Chizik) seems like a really great coach. He said he likes the way I came out on the field. We came out through the (stadium) tunnel and we had jerseys on. I was wearing No. 51 and they said I can get No. 51 and my uncle wears No. 52. I came out there really pumped up. He said it looked like I should be here."

On considering his alternatives: "I'm still going to visit some other places but they have to pick up their recruiting steam up because Auburn is looking hard right now."

On meeting with defensive coordinator Ted Roof: "I sat down and talked to him. He said he liked that I'm explosive and I have a motor. He said he liked me and I can be a pass rusher for him."

Linebacker from Bessemer/Auburn commitment

On where he fits into Auburn's scheme: Coach (James) Willis said the way things look right now, my body type, he wants me to play (middle linebacker). I'd rather play outside at (strong side) or (weak side). If I have to go to (middle) likebacker, though, I'll go."

On where Auburn coaches said they need help most: "There's no depth at (weak-side) linebacker. A true freshman will have to come in there and play the position."

Tailback from Lilburn, Ga./Auburn commitment

On the situation at tailback: I'm not sure what's going on with with the running back position. Just knowing Coach Luper, with him being the great coach that he is, hopefully I can get some playing time next year. Hopefully, I'm coming into a good situation."

On Curtis Luper: ``Great guy. Real funny. Really cares about the kids. He's really interested in me and he really cares. He doesn't just want to coach you -- he wants to be part of your family."

On watching Tulsa's dominating performance in the GMAC Bowl: "That running back -- they had over 400 rushing yards. That impresses me. I really liked watching that."

Defensive back from Fort Valley, Ga./Auburn commitment

On where Auburn coaches want to play him: "He said my best fit right now is cornerback. That's the position I'm going to start at. He likes my jam ability so he'll put more men in the box and blitz."

On what new defensive coordinator Ted Roof will run in the secondary: "He's just a multiple coach. He doesn't care what we run. We'll run nickel, man, man-free, cover-2 and all that."

On advice received from player host Mike McNeil: "Just keep your head on straight and stay on top of your books."

Tailback from Bessemer

*Cox tore a knee ligament during the second game of the year. He is considering an offer to walk-on at Auburn. Harris Gaston is his best friend.

*Cox said he was going to take a few more visits, but didn't want to name the schools.

On his thoughts about Auburn: "When I first came down to here the first couple of times I really fell in love with Auburn. That's where I wanted to go."

On what he'd like to see from Auburn: "If I get a scholarship that would be even better. I don't have my first offer yet. I'm kinda sold on Auburn right now. If I can get a scholarship from Auburn that would be great too."

On his plans once he arrives on campus: "They have a little depth at running back. I'm just going to come up and try to take someone's job."


Blogger Unknown said...

I ran across an interesting article at Rivals about coaching hires. It only mentions Auburn at the end as a surprise hire, but it mentions Al Borges as a great coordinator.

10:31 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I can't believe I came so close to being first.

There's an article in the AJC this morning about recruiting junkies. They say there are actually people who check the recruiting web sites every day. Who'd do something like that? :-) Some of us get on the web hoping for updates from our fav writer about recruit visits. Thanks for the great work, Jay.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I hope we see Jeremy Cox on campus as a walk on. He apparently had a great junior season before his knee injury. Kids like this need the chance to get involved and get a scholarship if the knee recovers.

10:54 AM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Good work Jay. I can't wait to hear what some of the non-commits think.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

astatguy, a little more training and preparation and I do think you will eventually be first. Either that, or you can take my route and rely on dumb luck:)

11:08 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The only non-commit here this weekend is DT Shackleford ... and I missed him.

So it goes.

11:14 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Jay, you're the best. Too bad about Shackleford. Did any of the other guys say anything about him?

11:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Shackleford would be a great pickup. If I remember correctly he is a Tennessee commit.

11:22 AM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Thanks Jay,

I understand and didn't mean it in the wrong way. I was thinking more in line to the next couple of weeks when the newer targets come in.

11:23 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Zteve, I don't even have it as a goal to be first. One has to realize one's limitations.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

If you can't be first, be 11th. Still get to use the "1" key

11:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jay GT,
Great work. I didn't realize they turned them loose so early on Sunday morning. Thanks for getting over to AU and talking to them. Be sure and give them all a BIG WARRRRRRRR EAGLE from the Hotties (I assume that's not an NCAA violation)

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay, wasn't Jeremy Cox there this weekend? Is he committed?

11:32 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't subscribe to any paid sites, but I check their headlines occasionally. Per Phillip Marshall, Shackelford said, "It was great." Not sure I'd expect him to say anything else, so I wouldn't make to much of it.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I left out an "o"
I wanted to correct it before Monica wakes up :-)

Good morning Monica!!! WARRRRRRR EAGLE!!!!!!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

What's the latest on T-Rocker? Would he and Malzahn be able to co-exist again? How did they get along at Arky?

11:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sony, are you serious?

11:41 AM  
Blogger AdamsHouseCat said...


are you hearing anything that we don't already know about Rocker? Also anything about an O line coach?

11:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sony- Nah, he was not there. His brother, Brandon Cox told him all about Auburn and how Coach Tuberville will run everything next year. No worries, Jeremy is a solid commitment to play QB for us.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jay GT- I hope you get to see a really great game this afternoon. You deserve nothing less for having to be in BEMC. Where are you eating lunch today?

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just had a War Eagle moment in a Baltimore grocery store. Mde me wnant to come and check in.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

made me want to check....jeez looked up at the football game.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Mr. Jay G Tate,,,

Where did you eat in Auburn? WHat did you have? Did you have to pay?

Just courious how AU treats celebs...

12:16 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

Dear Leader,

are you trying to get a 'Taste of Town' from the JG man?

12:20 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Rocker -- They're talking.

Food -- I haven't yet eaten.

Recruits -- I have spoken with two more (Coleman, James) and will be updating the main thread in the next 15 minutes.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sony...It appears you are new around here. Some quick Jay's introductory article and at least scan, if not read all prior posts in the thread....many times your questions have already been asked and answered. Also reduces post redundancy.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay already claims that he doesn't get free food. We need some restaurantuers in Auburn to join the HABOTN and hook JGT up.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Cow.....astatguy can't seem to be the #1 post. Is this poor poster development or just poor recruiting? Either way it's the coaches's always the coaches fault....Fire the coach. Who is the coach?

12:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

LaVoyd James and Terrence Coleman added.

That's six of the nine kids who visited this weekend. I missed D.T. Shackleford, Andre Harris and Jonathan Evans.

Brandon Heavens, for reasons that aren't clear to me, didn't make his visit this weekend.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

During our apartment hunt yesterday, we saw the scoreboard on at Jordan-Hizzle. It was all I could do to stop myself from telling Mrs. Jet that we were going to have to go in and welcome the boys.

12:46 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

HABOTN recruiting coverage, that's ausome

12:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yea, I do think Jay needs a lunch sponsor. I can see that ad now. HABOTN, brought to you by Wendy's.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am not sure why we are going after LaVoyd James. He is about as fast as our other receivers, but undersized at 5' 11". Any idea why we are chasing this guy?

1:07 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I guess the same reason we are after the AISA guys that have yet to play against any talent.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

So, Trooper made LaVoyd James read an article about... Trooper? Uh, ok. Seems a bit weird to me, but whatever works I guess.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am not sure what to think of Chizik's comment to Terrence Coleman that he liked the way he came out on the field. That sounds a little odd. Way to occupy space!!!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

In reading about LaVoyd on espn, they mention he has suddenness and gets up to speed quick. It also sounds like he has good hands from what I have read. One of our coaches mentioned he looked for suddenness. I think it was Luper.

1:17 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Brandon Jacobs is a beast. The NFL Brandon Jacobs.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm always looking for triple double consonant words

1:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

There definitely seems to be an excess of Brandon Jacobs. Ole Miss had one. We had one. Now we is gonna get another one.

1:23 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay I'm kinda shocked and pleasantly suprised at the recruiting coverage. I know that's typically not your bag. Great job and some interesting comments from the guys you caught. Interesting that we want Gaston to play MLB due to his body type.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'll be interested to see what happens with Brandon Heavens.

He was supposed to be here, wasn't, nobody seems to know why. I've been wondering if Tuberville's affinity for the kid has been transferred to the new staff ...

1:26 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Afternoon hotties. Thanks for the recruiting info Jay. Pull the ladies through today!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Tyler Knight is going to be an interesting recruit. He has good speed and height, but is way under weight to play on the offensive line in the SEC. Hopefully he can fill out that tall frame.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hoopie - I say it's strength training. :-)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Heavens is apparently a big time recruit with interest form about half the teams in the SEC. He appears to be the small quick type receiver. He has offers from Alabama and Tennessee, so Chizik really needs to find out what is going on there.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavens is sold on Gus. Mark it down. He's been to Auburn about 30 times the last couple years. I'm sure something just came up and hell reschedule.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ESPN says that Brandon Heavens is "tough and would be a nightmare in the spread". I think he will bring the quickness we were lacking this last season.

1:40 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Zteve if I'm not mistaken, Tyler Knight was brought in knowing he would be a sign and place kid.

1:41 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

LaVoyd James is the real deal.... I have seen him several times play in person and believe me he is quicker and faster is space than any receiver we have presently, (except....PPL) on our TEAM.

He will play this fall, trust me!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AUBigCat, the sign and place kids have actually worked out pretty well for us at times. It will give us time to see how he develops. If he can add about 50 pounds and keep decent speed, he might be a good offensive line prospect. I am suspecting we recruited him because the coaches recognized he had the frame to become more than he is now.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AUnMobilz, that will be interesting to see. We have a lot of receivers with good size and speed, but we seem to lack quickness. It seems this recruiting class is intended to address that.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Phil Lutzenkirchen and Bryce Brown became friends on Facebook this afternoon.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Omnica, that is great news. Way to snoop!!!

1:47 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Zteve I agree about the sign and place kids under Tubby. Just saying it's gonna be at least 2 years before we know what kind of recruit he is. And with the changing of the guard and their new philosophy towards recruiting, I would be kinda suprised if we even sign him.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

AUBigCat, one of the things that have been most troubling over the last couple of years is the loss of recruits from the 2006 and 2007 recruiting classes. The 2008 recruiting class wasn't that big of a concern because we knew we were going to sign a small class and that Bama would get a boost from the Saban splash, but this season we need solid commits, especially linemen.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Tebow announced at the NC celebration that he is coming back next year. Harvey and Spikes still not sure.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I expected Tebow to come back. Another Heisman Trophy would add some big bucks to his draft status.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Omnica ...

Not only are you omnipotent, you are also omnipresent.

A Ring of Fire should be placed upon your finger.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omnica!!...That settles it! Fire the strength training coach...and for that matter the head coach for hiring the strength coach....must always have someone to blame.

Once the new staff is in place and recruits some posters to assist, we will be able to get astatguy to the #1 poster position.

Quoting the Junction Boyz: "One heartbeat."

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tebow is staying. Ahhhhhh

2:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

It's so cool/fun/exciting to see these kids singing the praises of our new coaches. Not that I expected to read anything else, but it's still exciting. I'd hire this crew to my sales team any day. Ya know...if I actually had a sales team.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omnica= considerable Facebook espionage skills

2:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...


2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zteve...when CTT discovered and offered Heavens based on a summer camp evaluation, many folks criticized the offer. I hope we didn't lose him also with the CTT firing.

There are only a few of the top rated recruits from the highly rated 2006 and 2007 classes that are contributing. Very high attrition also.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

No. 9 Auburn women up 42-37 at half.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't believe the Eagles are slaying the Giants. I would think giants could kill any bird. Man, this stinks.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

At this point ... I know my Chargers are doomed ... every team I want to win has lost or is losing.

And my favorite NFL team will lose, too.


2:59 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

could be shaping up to be a lackluster super bowl. if the cardinals make it, mediocrity will have reigned.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Eagles v. Ravens ...


3:03 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

The Cardinals may have been mediocre for the second half of the season, but have not looked in in the playoffs. Their D was weak all year, but has managed to bottle up two of the best RB's in the league the past two weeks.

I have to think the bottom will fall back out, but if they can keep playing like they have the first two weeks, look out.

What about if we had a Charger-Cardinal Superbowl, think we've ever had the two teams combine for 17 wins since the NFL went to 16 games?

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on the recruits, Jay G. Tate.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to see the Cardinals make the super bowl. They are one of those teams that you tend to forget exist, much like the lions.

3:14 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

the cards have some threats, but are just inconsistent this (and every) year. that siad, i wouldn't mind seeing them make it. it just seems to me there are better teams out there (NE comes to mind).

3:15 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I'm sure I missed it Jay, but as I recall you were looking for a new car, what' you end up with?

3:15 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Steve, no one will ever forget the lions ever again. They did what no one else can do, they lost 16 games in a season.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Bfoster18 said...

Jay won website supporting recruiting simply because of the face shots he's posted on the blog. Auburn Sports Dot Com may get the info out there first. But Jay sealed the deal with the mug shot of Jeremy Cox.

3:35 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Jay, next time why don't you try to get the recruits to pose in a football playing position like all those old school style football pictures? Harris Gaston hiking the football, LaVoyd James giving a La-stiff arm, Jeremy Cox arguing a holding penalty, etc.

3:41 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Great work, Monica! You're the super snooper of the Hotties.

I've only seen one NFL analyst's (on ESPN) list of QB's, and Tebow wasn't in the top 5. I'm not saying that's right, that's just what this analyst thought. This was before the bowls and he said Tebow would be back for another year. I thought he was crazy at the time, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe another Danny Weurfel.

3:44 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Minute and half to go and AU Women are winning!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Anybody heard anything about the Gamecocks LB commit who had his offer withdrawn? Hes a 4 star under sized MLB. IF Chizik and Roof are going to stay with fast smaller players he could be a great fit at Auburn. Maybe we can pick him up.

3:51 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Watching the score on ESPN since we can't pick it up here

3:52 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Women win!!

3:54 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Wish the football team has as good success as some of our other sports

3:54 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Guess we get our shot at Tana Patrick next weekend. Ya never know...

4:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Wake, I think there's a reason a 5-foot-7 linebacker is struggling to get big-school offers ...

4:29 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Florida was on a 15 game win streak of their own. That was a good team that Auburn beat.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Nova - What's the when and where on your avatar???

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Jet!!! - Never Snooze on the Ravens sir!!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

The recruit that had his offer pulled by South Carolina is a Tucker HS (Georgia) player. Heard this morning the Tucker coach said Spurrier is no longer welcome on campus.

6:35 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...



8:38 AM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...


recruiting coverage - yes, it can seem trivial, but with a lack thereof of football, it helps pass the time. Jay, I loved the coverage.

womens basketball - seems like we have a team. Its a bright spot in a dim year for auburn sports. They seem to play hard.

mens basketball - jay, have you heard about johnnie Lett anymore? grades? still eligible? 24 turnovers the other night that was bad, the 8 year olds I coach turn it over less than that. whew, thats bad.

Coaching hires - Love them all so far, I have always liked Rocker. He was great at Troy and everywhere else, we may need to pay him in buffett tickets though, he has gotten big, where is his brother David? I told him one night in a bar his brother couldnt hold a candle to him, he laughed and said he knows.

I hope we keep the recruits we have and add a few more that can help, it we survive with a decent class after the coaching change i think thats a plus.

We need some guys to step up. With the departures on defense I think the starting lineup will be wide open except for AC's spot. It will be an interesting spring no doubt.

Any word on our one QB signing? Cotton or Moseley?

I heard we offered the QB from Daphne, Alabama, Cooper, anyone hear that???

I hope not, I live in Mobile and never heard anything about him and I follow about anything sports related down here.

8:45 AM  

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