Friday Auburn Football Recruiting Notebook

News and notes on Auburn's football recruiting are featured in this report.

We have continued to mention Demopolis safety and Southern Miss commitment Demetrius Kemp as a possible Auburn offer later in the process and nothing has happened to change our minds in that regard.

Having a terrific year for the Tigers, Kemp is athletic is a player who brings coverage skills to the safety position while also able to provide run support. Last week in a loss to Jackson, Kemp had a night to remember as a defensive player. In addition to making big plays on offense, Kemp made nine total tackles with two pass breakups, a forced fumble, added an interception and blocked a punt. The week before Kemp had 133 yards receiving on two catches, 78 rushing yards on two attempts and two touchdowns in a win over Satsuma.

New NCAA Recruiting Rules

On Wednesday the NCAA made changes that will impact recruiting right away for schools across the country. With just three months before national signing day in February of 2014, teams will have to make adjustments to their schedules, but with recruiting now a 365-days a year job for not only college coaches and people who cover recruiting, giving two weeks in both the winter and summer is a great idea in the long run.

The one huge difference for teams is going to be with official visits in both December and January. With most teams only practicing a few times before taking a big break for final exams, it will take one of the visit weekends away in December for prospects wanting to see teams practice while checking out the campus and facilities.

For example, Auburn will likely use the second weekend in December for official visitors who are expected to enroll early. That is the same weekend as the senior banquet so it should still be a good draw for the Tigers. In January teams will still have three visit weekends to finish officials and shouldn't have a big impact on the overall recruiting class.

Here are the new rules:

*Allow football student-athletes to participate in preparations for the season during an eight-week period each summer. Those weeks can include eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review.

Student-athletes who participate in the summer activities must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks. The model is similar to those adopted by men's and women's basketball in the last two years. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported this change.

*Prohibit a college's staff members from attending an all-star game or activities associated with those games and from having in-person contact with recruits participating in the games from the time the recruit arrives at the event until he returns to his home or school. Both FBS and FCS supported this ban.

*Establish a dead period when no in-person recruiting can take place. The dead period, scheduled to coincide with winter holidays and the annual American Football Coaches Association convention, begins the Monday of the week in which mid-year junior college transfers can begin signing the national letter of intent. It ends the Wednesday of the week of the AFCA convention. For 2013-14, Dec. 16 through Jan. 15 is now a dead period. The FBS supported this proposal, but the FCS did not because its coaches need more time to discuss it. Army and Navy may seek a temporary exception from this new rule if the date of this season's game makes it difficult for them to follow it.

*Establish a 14-day dead period in late June and early July for Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Allow colleges to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit. Before this change, college could pay for the recruit and his parents, legal guardians, spouse or children, but excluded siblings and other family members. This approach provides schools more flexibility to address each recruit's specific family situation. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported making the rule more flexible.

Thursday night myself, Stephen Atkinson and John Garcia all watched as Hoover finished off a perfect 10-0 regular season with a 29-7 win over a game Opelika squad. It was a rematch of last season's state title game and from the looks of things the Bucs will finish 2013 on a 30-game winning streak. Junior running back Bradrick Shaw ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries to lead Hoover's offense. Already with a Mississippi State, Shaw is one of about a dozen talented backs in Alabama for next season's class.

Junior linebacker Darrell Williams is a talented player capable of playing in the box or at the "star" position on the next level.

Shaw is far from alone on the Hoover squad as Marlon Humphrey wasn't challenged much defensively because junior linebacker Darrell Williams and defensive end Christian Bell helped to control Opelika's offense for much of the night. Williams has five offers including the latest from Florida State and Cincinnati. Bell has offers from Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Akron and Mississippi State.

Even with Stephen Roberts playing well in only his second game at quarterback the Bucs had little trouble taking the win. Roberts finished with 116 rushing on 17 carries. While he plans to visit Alabama next weekend for the LSU game, he said he would visit Auburn again this year.


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