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Sunday recruiting update

Post No. 1,021

We're on the hunt for recruits this morning in metropolitan Auburn, Ala. The picture above is of Aubrey Phillips. See below for information about the coveted offensive tackle.

  • UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.: WR/TE Tracy Moore of Tulsa, Okla., was an unannounced visitor this weekend. He is an Oklahoma State commitment. He seemed enthusiastic about Auburn and the idea of playing in the SEC. has him as a 3-star guy.

  • Saw DT Corey Gaines, who said this weekend really scrambled his plans. He came into the visit with Ole Miss atop his list. Now Gaines said he's confused. He plans to make a decision on Tuesday.

  • Saw TB David Oku. He is planning to make a decision after Signing Day. He's shooting for the 17th. He said his commitment to Tennessee is iffy at this point. Oku was charmed by all the attention he received at the basketball game yesterday. It's down to Tennessee, Auburn and Syracuse.

  • Saw OL Johnnie Farms. He didn't want to talk much. He said the trip to Auburn "was good". Farms will be making a decision on Signing Day between Auburn and North Carolina.

  • Saw S Daren Bates earlier. He's happy to be with Auburn. He picked up an offer late last week, accepted it immediately.

  • Saw OT Aubrey Phillips. This was a peculiar one. He said he's still committed to Tennessee, but he plans to change his commitment on Signing Day. He didn't want to discuss things beyond that. Phillips made the trip with Bates. They both play for Olive Branch High near Memphis.

  • Saw DB Mike Eargle. He didn't get an offer from Auburn this weekend. I guess the Tigers are on a wait-and-see approach there. Eargle is from a Pennsylvania junior college. He has an offer in hand from Rutgers. He's also talking with Pitt.

  • I missed: DB Taikwon Paige, QB Clint Moseley, LB Greg King.


Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

ONE, now I'm back to work

9:16 AM  
Blogger hehateme said...

Again? DL is lurking...........

9:16 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

BTW, I just read your article in the Advertiser. As always, you're the best!

9:17 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Don't worry about Gussy-ing things up.... We don't need frills. Just some good news.

9:18 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is signing day on Tuesday? I hope so, I'll be glad when this stuff is over

9:18 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Farms sounded non-commital.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Signing Day Wednesday

9:19 AM  
Blogger hehateme said...

WarEagleRK, I think signing day is Wednesday.

9:20 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Still committed, but will change on signing day. Don't you love the language of recruiting?

9:23 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I'd be real surprised if we get Farms, though I's sure love to have him. I think Butch has hypnotized him.

9:26 AM  
Blogger hehateme said...

Could change to AU, eh?

9:27 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I can't believe I get up at 6:30 a.m. on Sundays to hear stuff like this. I feel so dirty.

9:29 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

You know you like it...

At least you know we do... we appreciate it!

9:31 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Jay, I read there was a surprise visit from Dontae Aycock, a QB/RB athlete from Florida.

9:32 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

You feel dirty? You knew what you signed up for when you joined. That's what HABOTN is all about.

9:34 AM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Running Back U needs Oku!

9:35 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Sounds like they did not extend an offer to Taikwon Paige... yet.

9:37 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Jay GT- there's parts of my job I don't like... like the part that puts me here at work today. Then there's all that work I do that I don't get paid for. Then there's... oh my gosh, are we twins of the same name but different mommas?!?!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Saw that too Miller. Sounds like he would come if offered.

9:38 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

BTW, I thing I would have tired of the Sunday morning stuff by now, too. I almost suggested early this a.m. that you bag it, and that we would survive. Then I thought if I said that, I might not survive all the Hottie heat.

9:40 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Love to get oku/brown and put some MPH out on the field.

9:41 AM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...


I don't understand what makes you feel so dirty trying to catch high school kids early in the morning and have them share secrets with you...

9:45 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Just updated Oku information on the blog.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

astatguy -- I was doing this blog years before you knew my name. I started somewhat serious recruiting coverage three weeks ago.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Oku is a very cool kid.

9:49 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

The 17th? I wonder why he's wanting to wait that long... does he plan to take another trip after signing day?

9:52 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

He said he needs to talk with people ... hence the delay.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Jordan Hair said...


I appreciate the way you conduct yourself in regards to recruiting and being cautious with the questions you ask the high school kids. I get nervous with the in your face, Hollywood style treatment some of the other guys give the recruits the minute they walk out of the coaches offices Sunday morning.

9:57 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I grew up in Montgomery and my parents only recently moved away. You'd be surprised how long I've known your name.

10:01 AM  
Blogger phooey said...

Cool how? And who was his player-host? Sorry if that's been covered already.

10:05 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

OKU sounds AOK to me. I really like his answer. I mean, I'd have preferred an "I'm coming to Auburn", but his answer shows maturity and indicates the neurons are working properly.

10:05 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

With AU and UT in the mix, can Oku seriously be considering Syracuse? And if so, why?

10:07 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Who was the surprise visitor who is committed to Okey state?

10:11 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Oku's player host: Ben Tate

"Cool how": Sunny, chatty, thoughtful with the things he says, aware of his status but not big-headed about it.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Secret visitor: TE Tracy Moore of Tulsa, Okla.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Roman said...

"Aubrey Phillips. This was a peculiar one. He said he's still committed to Tennessee, but he plans to change his commitment on Signing Day. He didn't want to discuss things beyond that."

Well, I can understand why he might not want to discuss things beyond that. Nothing against Mr. Phillips as this is something that a great many recruits seem to have a problem with. That is to say that an understanding of the word commit and what it means to make a commitment and to be committed. As I understand it, being committed in this context means (or is supposed to mean) pledging or giving entirely to a specific person, activity, organization or cause.

The word as used by many (but by no means all) potential scholarship athletes seems to be defined's meaningless.

Mr. Phillips here, if he means he is changing his "commitment" from Tennessee to some other school on signing day, is not committed at all. In fact, he's worse than not committed. He's someone that doesn't understand what the word means, or who doesn't care.

Anyone else think that recruiting has just gotten out of hand? Big time college athletics somehow used to seem like more fun.

10:19 AM  
Blogger phooey said...

It's nice to hear that kind of insight during the heated recruiting season. Sounds like a level headed kid, and might have leader qualities.

10:19 AM  
Blogger phooey said...

Roman, I think it's just that the internet shows us how this hot dog is made and it's not very pretty. But the hot dog has always been made the same way for years.

10:24 AM  
Blogger jhag said...


10:31 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Jay GT- Thanks for the link on Tracy Moore. Scout is confused, has him listed only 205lb and visiting AU at the end of FEB.

We could use a big WR, but he's already spent a lot of $ on OkieST stuff. The practical part of me would hate to see that $ go to waste.

10:34 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

I don't understand why we wouldn't offer Taikwon Paige, he is listed as a 4-star?
Maybe they know of others who are waiting to commit and don't have room to offer? Yes? No? maybe so?

10:34 AM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

Jay, have you seen the RB Aycock from Tampa? He is listed as a 4* on rivals and looks like he would be a beast in the Wildcat formation.

10:40 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Can someone explain why Scout shows 2 visitors on the last weekend of February? Is that AU's Junior Day? Any reason 2 '09 HS grads (Aycock and Moore) would be listed as visitors then?

Jay GT - was Moore in Auburn this weekend? Thanks.

10:44 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

Tyrik Rollison...
#1 in the nation most accurate arm
#5 in the nation strongest arm
#5 in the nation best scrambler

i didn't realize he was this highly touted

10:44 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Any truth to the rumor that Chette Williams is recruiting Bryce Brown's adviser?

I guess not since I just started it and have no basis for it. Just wondered if AU coaches had considered that angle ;-)

10:48 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Added an update about Corey Gaines.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I saw Moore with my own eyes, yes.

10:55 AM  
Blogger NoALtiger said...

I'd love to us get Farms and Oku from this visiting group, that would be huge. I'd also like to get Phillips and Page. I got a feeling on him, could be a difference maker.

10:58 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Eagle eye Tate on the prowl! Thanks!

Re: Gaines... I'm sure I'd be confused, too. Tough decision and so much "wining and dining", so to speak.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jordan Hair said...

Watch Paige's film. He's more than a 4*. He's actually very good. He can really run, attack, and he has an impressive vertical leap. He gets up there quick.

Not sure why more programs haven't offerred. Something to that.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Jordan Hair said...

Hag, if Tyrik gets in he may very well see the field in '09. His poise is huge. He would be the standout right away.

11:08 AM  
Blogger NoALtiger said...

I saw where LB D.T. Shakleford of Decatur commited to Ole Miss yesterday. He is a heck of a player and the highest rated player from Alabama to commit to an out-of-state school so far. He is gonna be a good one. Hate we missed out on him. Maybe we will get Patrick or Atchison though.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Secret TE visitor???


11:12 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

So we could possibly pull four 4 stars **** from this weekend
Aubrey Phillips
David Oku
Johnnie Farms
Takion Paige

and this Dontae Aycock kid i've heard visited is a huge running back from tampa 4****

11:13 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I'm starving so bad I'm willing to risk food poisoning. I'm off to the cafeteria to see what's left of Friday's leftovers.

11:24 AM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Final decision on the 17th?? Damn you Terrell Pryor on your precedent.

Phillips might need to take a gander at the definition of commitment.

11:28 AM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Kinda crazy about the top secret visitor....

Note to self: When we lose trooper and luper they are going to take all our commitments with them.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

The only way Troop and Loop are going is for head coaching job or they hate it at auburn


So other school pays them an insane amount of money to be an assistant...not out of the question but a long is actually a nice side effect of CGC plan...

11:34 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...


11:34 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Roory... ringlish is my secon ranguage

11:35 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tracy Moore update now posted to the blog.

11:36 AM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

The way college football is going, assistant coaches who are great recruiters are invaluable... someone will make a run at them within the next three years, I promise you that.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Ron Mexico what you speak is blasphemy....Treason I say =0)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Jay G..

Do you like to BBQ?

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


11:45 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I would just like to say I am fully committed to my wife, but I am divorcing her in a couple of days.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm now working on my mug-n-jaw feature.

11:53 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

I started an Official David Oku to AU facebook group =)
I am such a recruiter.

11:55 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Dear Leader, BBQ is not a verb. Trust me, I'm from North Carolina.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I mentoring Michael's wife and you can get updates on her status by paying me $9.95 per month.

12:03 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Monica I like the way you think....

12:05 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Korean BBQ is very tasty... maybe we can BBQ together someday...

12:05 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

can she kick FGs? Or do I have to pay $9.95 to find out?

12:07 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So recruiting ends this week!!! Well except for that one guy who is waiting until the 17th.

Great. I hate recruiting.

College football needs an early signing period to knock some of this stuff out.

12:10 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

To join David Oku's group.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Just had a bowl of my extra special 2-meat, red bean/black bean chili ... with Fritos, cheese, and a little sour cream on top.


Tar Heel ... if we get Oku, Phillips and Farms, will you join me for a buttermilk shooter?

12:16 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Micheal Phelps was caught smoking pot, I wonder how many endorsements he'll lose.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Jhag ... Thanks for inviting me to join this cause. It is something I care about deeply.

12:23 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Jet in my opinion it is a huge deal

12:28 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I'll watch you scarf the buttermilk, but I won't let you see me barf the buttermilk.

12:32 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Jet, I hope you took a little Bean-O with that or you may earn your name.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread up.

12:44 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Thanks for the excellent coverage Jay. It sounds like Auburn definitely made a good impression on these kids.

I am not sure about Farms not wanting to comment. My guess is that he decided to not comment after the visit before he came down. He didn't want to get all excited over Auburn and say something and then change his mind. That is just my guess. Needless to say, if he weren't interest, he wouldn't have came down.

12:50 PM  

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