Talented Prospects Expected for AU Camp

Highly-regarded prospects like Evan Goodman are planning to be in Auburn this weekend for AU's final football camp of the summer.

Lakeland, Fla.--On Saturday the Auburn Tigers will hold their final football camp of the season, a one-day event expected to attract prospects from around the southeast.

Several hundred players are scheduled to show up for the event, including one of the top rising seniors in the state of Florida, offensive tackle Evan Goodman from Lakeland High.

The 6-4, 290-pounder has been busy this summer. "I am taking extra classes on-line and going to summer school so I can get ahead and be able to graduate in January," he says. "The classes are going real well."

He has also been putting in the hours in the weight room to get ready for his senior season. "Right after school I have to go to workouts," he says. "I start my day with school first, do my workouts with the team after class in the afternoon and then I go on-line and do my other classes."

Goodman's on-the-field performances have already earned him a large number of scholarship offers, including one from Auburn. Scout.com ranks the lineman as a four-star recruit and the No. 19 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

He plays for one of the top high school programs in the country. Asked if his Lakeland team will be strong again in 2011, the big lineman says, "Of course. We have a really good quarterback named Jadrian Clark, who is 6-2, 185 now. He is under the radar a bit, but I think he will be a big-time player here in Florida this season. I don't think he has the respect he needs."

Goodman says the Dreadnaughts also have talent at other positions so he is looking forward to his senior season. He notes that he is also looking forward to the Auburn camp on Saturday.

"I am coming to Auburn on Friday," he says. "I really want to go up there because I have never been to Auburn."

Goodman notes that he is looking forward to working out with Auburn's highly-respected offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes. The lineman's focus for his final season of high school football is improving his pass protection skills and he hopes to pick up some tips in the one-day camp.

"Auburn was my first offer ever and that is special to me," he says. "Coach Grimes sees a lot of potential in me so that is really good. He has been recruiting me for about a year and I know Auburn will have another good team this year and in the future, too, because they have big-time recruits going there."

In addition to Auburn, he has offers from Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame and many others. Goodman says it is a good feeling to have so many options. "It is exciting because in my ninth and 10th grade years I didn't know that I would be getting offers because back then it was so hard to balance practices and school, but it has worked out well," he says.

Justin Shanks is shown in action at Prattville High's spring jamboree game vs. Davidson of Mobile.

Auburn's camp is also expected to attract in-state standouts like defensive tackle Justin Shanks from Prattville High, who has been a regular visitor to the AU campus in the past year.

A pair of south Alabama prep stars, running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne and defensive lineman Darius Philon from Vigor, are expected to visit Auburn on Saturday. Both have publically committed to the Tigers.

T.J. Yeldon helped Daphne to the 6A state title last season.

Another Auburn commitment, wide receiver Ricardo Louis from Miami Beach, Fla., Senior High, is expected to make a return trip to AU for the camp.

Jovon Robinson is known as a powerful runner.

Jovon Robinson, from Wooddale High in Memphis, is planning to return to Auburn after visiting the campus for Big Cat Weekend in the spring. He is considered one of the top prospects in the state of Tennessee and one of the best high school running backs in the country.

Four star defensive end Leonard Williams from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla., is also expected to camp at Auburn. The 6-5, 265-pounder is rated four stars by Scout.com and has a load of offers, including one from Coach Gene Chizik's 2010 national champions.

Leonard Williams

Two of the most promising linebacker prospects for the 2013 signee class are expected to be in Auburn this weekend. Reuben Foster is from Troup County in LaGrange, Ga., and Daniel McMillan is from First Coast High in Jacksonville, Fla.

Reuben Foster

Another class of 2013 linebacker prospect expected to attend is Nigel Harris, an up-and-comer from Hillsborough High in Tampa. His teammate, 6-4, 235 defensive end Jordan Sherit, is a rising junior who could develop into one of the top prospects in Florida.

Cord Sandberg, a class of 2013 quarterback prospect from Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla., is expected to return to Auburn where he performed well in a 2010 camp.

Jonathan Boring

Jonathan Boring, a class of 2013 lineman, was a standout at two Auburn camps earlier this season. He is expected to return to Auburn from Lexington, S.C., for Saturday's camp.

Adam Lane, who broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark as a sophomore running back last year for Winter Haven, Fla., High, is a 5-9, 205-pounder with good speed. He will be attending a family reunion in Columbus, Ga., this weekend and is planning to visit Auburn on his trip.

A class of 2014 prospect, 6-1, 190 Draequon Murphy, is a young athlete to watch at Carver High in Montgomery where he plays safety and running back.

Jeremy Johnson is an exciting prospect from Montgomery.

A couple of Murphy's talented teammates are expected to join him at the Auburn camp. Jeremy Johnson is a 6-4, 195 rising junior quarterback, who is a Division I prospect in football and basketball. He passed for 2,857 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Another Carver prospect expected to attend is senior Harding Harper, a 6-2, 212 three-star rated linebacker.


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