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2.07.2009

The HABOTN Signee Bios® (Episode III)

Hey everyone. We have some stuff going down today.

The Auburn men play at noon CST against those vivacious Volunteers. I'll be there chronicling the fun that is Jeff Lebo Basketball™. Please stop by and join us.

We've also come to the final installment of recruiting bios.

Please enjoy.

TE Philip Lutzenkirchen
6-4, 245, Lassiter HS (Marietta, Ga.)
Lutzenkirchen is the Tigers' most high-profile signee. A tight end with excellent hands, he participated in a variety of all-star games and performed well against top defensive competition. He committed during Tuberville's reign and simply transferred that allegiance to Chizik. He profiles as an ideal tight end in Gus Malzahn's offense.

QB Clint Moseley
6-4, 200, Leroy HS (Leroy)
Moseley was named the state's top player in December, but had few high-profile offers until Auburn offered a scholarship in mid-January. He has a winning pedigree -- Leroy has won three consecutive state titles in football and two in baseball with Moseley in featured roles. Considering Auburn's depth at quarterback, Moseley could move to another position.

DB Taikwon Paige
5-10, 175, Aiken, S.C. (Georgia Military College)
Paige is a small defensive back, but Auburn coaches believe refined instincts will allow him to overcome physical deficiencies. Paige is remarkably thin. He didn't receive surplus recruiting attention -- receiving only a few BCS-conference offers. One of those interested schools was Minnesota, where Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof spent the 2008 season. Paige has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

QB Tyrik Rollison
6-1, 185, Sulphur Springs HS (Sulphur Springs, Texas)
Rollison wasn't on Auburn's radar until Chizik was hired. The dual-threat quarterback immediately built a close relationship with Tigers assistant Curtis Luper. It paid off in late January when Rollison picked Auburn over Kansas State. His high-school offense was built to showcase his skills and that helped him produce high numbers. Rollison finished with 51 touchdown passes, completed 74 percent of his throws and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He is an elite prospect.

WR Travante Stallworth
5-10, 180, Leesville HS (Leesville, La.)
Stallworth committed with Auburn last summer, but he considered offers from Michigan and South Carolina. He played quarterback in high school because Stallworth was his team's best player. He'll play slot receiver in college. Stallworth has excellent straight-line speed, which could make him a useful punt- or kick-return specialist at some point.

OL John Sullen
6-5, 340, Auburn HS (Auburn)
Sullen initially committed to Southern Miss, but changed his tune when Auburn offered a scholarship in mid-January. He's a large individual, hence his nickname "Big John." He didn't show much quickness in high school, so Auburn likely will put him on a weight-loss program. Other schools that offered scholarships included Duke, UAB, South Alabama and Memphis.

DB Reggie Taylor
5-10, 170, Peach County HS (Fort Valley, Ga.)
Taylor is another prospect who committed to Auburn last summer. Unlike some of his Auburn classmates, though, Taylor told coaches from other programs that he wasn't interested. He's a slim guy -- Auburn lists him at 165 pounds -- which limits his ability to help in the short term. That may not be a problem; Taylor is considered an academic risk.

DT Jamar Travis
6-1, 300, W.S. Neal HS (Brewton)
Travis initially committed to Southern Miss, but changed his allegiance when Auburn offered a scholarship in mid-January. He's a short, run-stopping specialist reminiscent of former Auburn tackle Tommy Jackson. He has quick feet that allowed him to accelerate past most offensive linemen charged with guarding him. Travis also earned a reputation for playing with consistent effort from first snap to last.

TB/WR/DB/KR Demond Washington
5-9, 185, Tallassee HS (Tallassee)/Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.
Washington is perhaps the most versatile player in this class. He played cornerback, tailback and wideout in junior college. Considering the Tigers' array of similar players clearly headed for offensive roles, Washington appears destined for defensive duty. He committed to Ole Miss initially. He changed that allegiance a week before Signing Day. Washington will be a special-teams candidate immediately. He has two years of eligibility remaining.




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DECEMBER SIGNEES
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LB Eltoro Freeman
6-0, 225, Alexander City (Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.)
Auburn believes Freeman can be everything Tray Blackmon was supposed to be. He'll likely begin his college career as the team's top option at weak-side linebacker. Freeman has plenty of speed and combines that with refined coverage instincts. He was highly recruited out of junior college, but his allegiance to the Tigers never wavered. Freeman has three years of eligibility remaining.

TB/WR Onterio McCalebb
6-0, 175, Ft. Meade, Fla. (Hargrave Military Academy)
McCalebb is pure speed. Auburn plans to use him as a multi-purpose offensive threat -- mimicking what Florida did with Percy Harvin in recent seasons. He'll be a tailback by trade. McCalebb signed with Auburn initially in 2008 after breaking a commitment to West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. McCalebb currently is enrolled at Auburn, will participate in spring practice and has four years of eligibility remaining.

44 Comments:

Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

one is reserved for JGT, best AU beat writer

10:02 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

THT is the big winner.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

shamelessly brought forward from prior thread:
AU FOOTBALL TICKET RENEWAL DEADLINE?

Anybody know when it is? The email sent out by the ticket office has no deadline listed. The renewal web site has no deadline listed, at least not without logging in.

I have no earthly idea what I did with the snail mail version.
Thanks.

10:11 AM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

It is going to be interesting to see how Auburn manages to work all these undersized players in the line up. I do see a lot of players that could be playmakers, but lack of size seems to be the theme of this class.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JT,

Do we have a time line on when Oku could possible announce his commitment?

Thanks
Dusty

10:11 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Thanks, JGT. Were you being distracted by something when you wrote "vivacious Volunteers"? I guess that's better than calling them bodacious.

Re: Moseley. You really think he could end up at another position? I confess, I hadn't given that any thought at all.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also how the crap is Nutt going to sign 37? What is he the 2nd coming of Bryant? How can recruiting sites even give you credit for that many?

10:14 AM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

How did Nutt sign 37?

Because Demond Washington signed with us.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

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10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there a "grey" shirt limit?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Since the 25/yr limit, I don't think I've ever heard of someone signing 37. I guess he went after a dozen non-qualifiers who will go to prep school, then resign next year. That way, the Nutt doesn't have to recruit much next year. He can go duck hunting instead.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have no idea when Oku will sign and neither does he.

Grayshirt ... no limit to that, but there's definitely a limited number of quality players who would consider such an offer.

ALSO: The Fray, a band I know only periperhally, is charging $16.99 for its new (standard-length) album on iTunes. You wanna talk about cajones of steel?

Or should that be cajones of steal?

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doc, GAF "donation" has to be in by 1 March ... should be further info once that is received and they send out ticket "bills".

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice play on words, is it all new content not like an extended live or greatest hits? They must not have gotten their stimulus check!!

10:28 AM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

seems like a good group. now it's all about coaching. going to the game, jgt?

10:40 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

JGT,
replying to your last comment on the previous thread... how much?


Dustin,
From what I have heard, about half of Nutt's class are expected to be non-qualifiers... Also, nice name...

10:40 AM  
Blogger phooey said...

Are there any potential late signees to help with the OL? Juco candidates or other? Maybe there isn't enough scholly room though. Two years ago the future of the line looked great. Now, not so much.

10:46 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Assuming everyone gets in from this signing class, that puts us right at the 85 scholly limit right now... Add Oku and someone's gotta drop... I doubt we go out and get a late OL signee

A large OL class next year is absolutely imperative.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

AUfan- thanks. I couldn't remember if it was end of March or end of Feb. I like to hold on to my money as long as I can.

Phooey- I was wondering the same thing this morning and started to scour the hinterlands for uncommitted OLmen but I got distracted looking at next year's possibilities.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

a star-studded large OL class is imperative, just as long as they are not Hart stars.

10:59 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

We needs Hart-Throbs, not Hart-Breakers....

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay G., Thanks for the breakdowns. These are excellent.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the fact that a band like The Fray is even putting out recordings (notice the refusal to call what they do music) is a sham.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

While looking for something else, I stumbled onto this comment I made to Miss THT in July 2008:
Auburn will undoubtedly have a terrible season, based on my extraordinarily high level of anticipation for the start of the season.

Someone please remember to dash all my hopes this summer.

11:26 AM  
Blogger PCTiger said...

What do in-state OL prospects look like for next year?

11:37 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

D. Miller-Wii for Valentine's only if it is gold plated and has a diamond.

11:38 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

Im excited to see Onterrio in the mix... He will surely get his fair chance to shine

11:40 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

It's what she asked for NoVa... she's really not big on jewelry...

11:41 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

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11:42 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Non Football....

ESPN is quoting a Sports Illustrated report that A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003.

I'm shocked....

Or maybe not.

11:43 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Did she ask for it in general or for Valentine's day? The distinction is important. Most women want something personal for such occasions.

Sometimes even when you get them exactly what they asked for, they are disappointed. Women's minds are one of the great mysteries of the universe.

11:44 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

FSJ-The surprise would have been the reverse.

11:45 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

So, Are there any JC OL left out there if room could be made for them?

11:47 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

asked for it specifically.... when I dropped her off for her trip this morning she said, "Buy me a Wii for Valentine's Day."

I guess I need to get it... she said that at Christmas, and I didn't get one, and she spent half of January moping around whining about not having one...

11:50 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

It sounds like you're in the clear then.

I'd still add at least a box of chocolates to it.

11:56 AM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

not surprised about a-rod (i read that, in joe torre's book some in his dugout referred to him as a-fraud), but it is disappointing.

12:05 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

DMiller — Only give your favorite female a present with an electrical plug ONLY if she asks for it. Your wife did so you are good.

For everybody else, women are not that complicated. Just tell us we are pretty and give us chocolate. How tough is that?

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's solid advice, AUMom.

2:21 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I try to do that every day AUmom... not the chocolate part... but the other...

Good advice.

The 2 things she has explicitly asked for were a Wii and a Dyson vacuum.... I figured a vacuum was taboo on Valentine's Day.

2:28 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

thanks for all that work Jay...exceptional as usual..What is your personal perception of the class as it compares to the rest of the SEC?

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

wartiger ... 5th best in the SEC? Something like that.

It was the 10th best before Chizik arrived. I thought he made a significant amount of progress.

3:02 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

another great read......as if you didn't know. ;)

3:42 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

LAST

3:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

wrong, DL.

11:38 AM  

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