That strategy includes finding linebackers who can run from sideline to sideline and make plays. One of the players in the Class of 2004 who fits the description is Lake Region high standout Lamar Myles. A 6-1, 207-pounder who has the ability to play early on the next level, he is looking at several colleges and tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he has three visits set before making a decision.
"It's not too busy right now," Myles says of recruiting. "I'm hearing from Auburn and Louisville the most. I'm visiting Auburn on Jan. 23, Louisville on Jan. 10 and Georgia on Jan. 16. Those are the only schools I'm looking at. I don't have a favorite at the moment, but Auburn is pretty much the leader around here at the moment."
A good student who should have no problems qualifying, Myles says that he has a good relationship with the Auburn coaching staff and Coach Greg Knox after visiting the campus for a summer camp last June. One of the top players at his position, it was easy to see he would become a top prospect before signing day in February of 2004 and one who would receive a lot of attention from the Tigers.
"I really like the coaching staff there," Myles says of Auburn. "I also like the architecture school. I like them a lot."
Saying he thought he played well this season, Myles finished with 106 tackles and six sacks from his outside linebacker position. He also played some running back and gained 635 yards and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. A four-year starter, he had a terrific junior season when he had 125 tackles and two sacks.
A speedster, Myles says he has run a 4.34 40-yard dash time at his school. At Auburn's summer camp he ran a 4.53 time in the 40, which is easily fast enough to player linebacker in college, even in the speed-oriented SEC. Also a power lifter for Lake Region, he has bests of 450 pounds in the bench press, 380 in the clean-and-jerk and 535 in the squat.