Tigers Have Busy Recruiting Weekend

A recap of Auburn's recruiting weekend with coments from several of the prospects is featured in this report.

Hawkinsville, Ga.--One of the South's top all-around athletes took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend and says that everything went well as he watched the Tigers defeat rival Alabama 28-23 in front of a sellout crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Defensive end Charles Johnson says that he enjoyed his time, but his decision made earlier in the year still stands after the visit.

"It was all right," the 6-2, 250 Johnson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Tiger Walk was good. I'm still committed to Georgia though."

An outstanding athlete who has played four different positions for his 11-0 high school team this season, Johnson says that his best position is at defensive end and that's what most teams are recruiting him as. He also is a standout basketball player as a power forward. Johnson was shown around Auburn his host, linebacker Kevis Burnam, on his official visit. He says he plans to take at least two more visits before signing day with Florida being one of the trips.

Another of the top players in the South this season is quarterback Xavier Lee, who also visited Auburn this weekend officially. The 6-3, 210-pounder is perhaps the region's number one signal caller and has offers from just about every school in the country. Florida's all-time leader in touchdown passes, Lee finished his career with 549 completions in 993 attempts for 9,082 yards, 98 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

Florida State appears to be the early leader for Lee's services, but Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Ohio State are all vying for his signature. He says that his visit went well and he had a good time with host Junior Rosegreen. He is scheduled to visit Ohio State next.

"The weekend was good," Lee says. "Auburn is place where I think I can get a lot of playing time. It's also a good atmosphere."

In addition to official visitors Johnson, Lee, Jason Watkins, C.J. Hunnicutt and Greg Hinds, the Tigers hosted dozens of the top players in the South on unofficial visits. Some of the top names were offensive lineman Chester Adams from Luverne, safety Tony Bell from Thompson, offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell from Montgomery, offensive lineman Cody Davis from Tuscaloosa, defensive end Mack Frost from Columbia, S.C., linebacker Curtis Dawson from Hoover, offensive lineman Leon Hart from Columbia, S.C., offensive lineman Micah Jones from Mayfield, Ken., defensive back Tyrone King from Adamsville, linebacker Gerald McRath from Powder Springs, Ga., defensive back Eric Robinson from Montgomery, running back Joe Surratt from Pace, Fla. and linebacker Jae Thaxton from Hartwell, Ga. In all there were more than 125 prospects on hand for Saturday's game with Alabama.

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