The HABOTN Signee Bios® (Episode III)
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.
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.
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.