AU's Highly-Rated Signee Class From 9 States

A report is featured on Auburn's highly-ranked 2011 football signee class that followed a highly-ranked group in 2010.

Auburn, Ala.--With 24 football signees from nine states, including a strong showing in the state of Alabama, the Auburn Tigers have the SEC's best signee class and the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the nation as rated by Scout.com.

Only Florida State out of the Atlantic Coast Conference has a higher ranked class than Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. The Seminoles are ranked one while Ohio State of the Big 10 is third with the Texas Longhorns at number four.

"Auburn really fed off their success on the football field in this class," said Chad Simmons, Scout's South Recruiting Manager.

Auburn's talented in-state signee group features wide receiver Sammie Coates from state champion Leroy High, center Reese Dismukes from state champion Spanish Fort High, wide receiver Jaylon Denson from state 6A runnerup Hoover High, safety Erique Florence from Valley High, defensive end Keymiya Harrell from Dallas County High in Plantersville, linebacker Chris Landrum from state champion Sweet Water High, defensive lineman Jabrian Niles from Davidson High in Mobile, cornerback Jonathan Rose from state champion Leeds High, safety Anthony Swain from Gadsden City High and defensive end Devaunte Sigler from B.C. Rain High in Mobile.

Reese Dismukes is expected to challenge for playing time this fall.

Rose and Dismukes graduated early from high school after outstanding senior seasons and enrolled at Auburn in January. Both will be able to participate in spring training and Auburn's A-Day Game which is set for April 16th.

Georgia, a traditional fertile recruiting ground for the Tigers, yielded five signees for the Tigers. That group includes wide receiver/running back Quan Bray from Troup County High in LaGrange, linebacker Justin Garrett from Tucker, offensive guard Thomas O'Reilly from Pope High in Marietta, tight end/H-back C.J. Uzomah from North Gwinnett in Suwanee and defensive tackle Gabe Wright from Carver High in Columbus, Ga. O'Reilly is currently enrolled at Auburn.

Gabe Wright is shown at practice for the Under Armour All-American Game.

The Tigers signed three prospects from the state of Florida. Tight end Brandon Fulse is from Fort Meade High School, running back Tre Mason is from Park Vista High in Lake Worth and cornerback Robenson Therezie is from Jackson High in Miami.

The Tigers continued their habit of signing top prospects from the state of Arkansas with five-star quarterback Kiehl Frazier of state champion Shiloh Christian of Springdale to join the program.

Another five-star Auburn signee who played for a state champion, Christian Westerman from Hamilton High, will come to Auburn from Chandler, Ariz.

Still another state champion, Kris Frost, will bring his talents to Auburn from Butler High in Matthews, N.C., where he was a standout receiver and linebacker.

Kris Frost played in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

Auburn signees out of Delaware are few and far between, but this year the Tigers signed big defensive tackle Angelo Blackson from Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear.

For the second consecutive season the Tigers signed a high school All-American out of Thibodaux, La., when big Greg Robinson chose the Tigers.

Scott Kennedy, Scout's Director of Scouting, said he was impressed with Auburn's finish. "Signing Day was good for the Tigers as they got signatures from 4-star safety Erique Florence (6-foot-2/185 pounds), 4-star corner Jermaine Whitehead (6-0/183) and 4-star defensive tackle Gabe Wright (6-4/300)."

For Gene Chizik, the 2011 signee class is his second full signee class as head coach of the Tigers. Auburn was ranked sixth in 2010 and 17 of those signees played for the 2010 national championship team that posted a 14-0 record.

Mike Dyer was named the MVP of Auburn's victory over Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.

The 2010 signees who played for the Tigers include defensive end Corey Lemonier, safety Ryan Smith, defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker, quarterback Cameron Newton, cornerback Ryan White, offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, cornerback Chris Davis, wide receiver Antonio Goodwin, running back Michael Dyer, punter Steven Clark, defensive end Craig Sanders, defensive tackle Kenneth Carter, safety Demetruce McNeal, linebacker Jessel Curry, receiver Shaun Kitchens, linebacker Jake Holland and kicker Cody Parkey.

Chizik predicted members of the 2011 class will play a significant role in this year's team in their first season at Auburn.

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