Auburn Coaches Hitting The Road To Recruit

A group of coaches is expected to hit the road this week to do recruiting for the Auburn football Tigers while the search for Gene Chizik's replacement continues.

Auburn, Ala.—It's an uncertain time in the world of Auburn football after the firing of Coach Gene Chizik and his staff on Sunday, but a group of his assistant coaches are trying to bridge the gap for Auburn until a replacement for Chizik is hired.

Their assignments will be to talk to recruits to ease their concerns about their futures at Auburn as well as hit the road for at-school and in-home visits with the commitments.

With one of the top-rated recruiting classes in the country in limbo at the moment waiting to see who the new coach will be, Trooper Taylor, Curtis Luper, Tommy Thigpen and Jay Boulware are coaches who are expected to hit the road on Wednesday to talk to commitments and answer questions about the future at Auburn.

In addition, Auburn's director of football operations, Scott Fountain, is expected to join that group on the road. In his job with the Tigers since joining Chizik's staff Fountain's assignment has included duties that involve coordination of AU's recruiting efforts.

Another one of Chizik's staff members, offensive quality control coach Al Pogue, is expected to be on the road this week recruiting for the Tigers. The former Carver High of Montgomery head coach formerly coached AU quarterback commitment, Jeremy Johnson, whose team is still alive in the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs.

Taylor, Luper and Thigpen were all original members of Chizik's coaching staff put together for the 2009 season. Taylor served as assistant head coach in addition to being in charge of wide receivers.

Luper coaches running backs for the Tigers and also served as the staff's recruiting coordinator.

Tommy Thigpen

Thigpen coached safeties his first three seasons at Auburn. In 2012 he switched to a new assignment as coach of the linebackers.

Boulware, also an original member of Chizik's staff, has been in charge of the tight ends and special teams since making the move to Auburn with Chizik from Iowa State.

Jay Boulware

There could be additions to the interim recruiting group from the football staff with as many as seven able people allowed to go on the road to represent Auburn. Scott Fountain, who has been the director of football operations for the past four years, is a possibility to go on the road for the Tigers.

Auburn coaches had originally planned to begin visiting recruits on Monday and focus on that aspect of their jobs in the coming weeks.

The group going on the road is expected to be finalized by Tuesday evening and will begin visiting the current commitments as early as Wednesday morning.


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