Auburn Football Signee Profiles

The following are profiles of Auburn's 2004 football signee class:

Octavius Balkcom

LB, 6-4, 225

Blakely, Ga. (Early County)

High School Coach: Trey Woolf

Totaled 120 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior...Also caught 12 passes for 200 yards and six touchdowns...Led Early County to a 12-1 record ...Finished with 98 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and two sacks as a junior...Georgia Class 2A All-State selection...Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game ...Named All-Region and All-County...Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50...SuperPrep All-Region ...Insiders.com Georgia Top 50 .... State runner-up in the shot put as a sophomore...PERSONAL: Full name is Octavius Lamar Balkcom... Born December 30, 1985... Son of Gloria Balkcom and Arthur Wimbush.


Tony Bell

DB, 6-2, 210

Alabaster, Ala. (Thompson)

High School Coach: Ricky Seale

Three-year starter on defense...Missed five games as a senior with injuries, but still finished with 60 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks...Totaled 97 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions as a junior...All-State, All-County and All-Super Metro selection...Montgomery Advertiser Elite 11...Huntsville Times Elite 11...Birmingham News Super Seniors ... Mobile Register Elite 18 and Super Southeast...Countdown to Signing Day All-South Second-Team...Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100... PrepStar All-American..TheInsiders.com Southeast Top 25 and eighth-ranked safety nationally...Ranked one of the top two players in Alabama by SuperPrep...Also plays basketball and is currently averaging 15 points and seven rebounds...PERSONAL: Born December 26, 1984... Son of Theresa and Noah Bell.


Calvin Booker

QB, 6-4, 205

Atlanta, Ga. (Mays)

High School Coach: Darrell Caldwell

Threw for 1,417 yards on 96-of-151 passing and 17 touchdowns as a senior...Led his team to an 11-1 record ...First-team All-Metro...Georgia Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention...Mobile Register Super Southeast 120 ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50...Insiders.com South Hot 100 and Georgia Top 30 ... SuperPrep All-Region...PrepStar All-Region...PERSONAL: Born October 21, 1985...Son of Janetta and Calvin Booker.


Jason Bosley

OL, 6-4, 280

Huntsville, Ala. (Grissom)

High School Coach: Ronny Massey

Two-year starter at offensive guard...Allowed just one sack in his high school career... Did not allow a sack as a senior in 250 pass attempts ... Alabama Sports Writers Class 6A All-State selection ...Huntsville Times Super All-Metro Team ... Also wrestled and finished fourth in the state championship as a junior...Led Grissom to a wrestling state championship as a senior ... PERSONAL: Born December 9, 1985 ... Son of Larry and Teri Bosley.

Christopher Browder

DL, 6-4, 240

Camden, Ala. (Wilcox Central/ Southwest Mississippi Community College)

High School Coach: John Moton

Junior College Coach: Dom Green

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Totaled 99 tackles, three forced fumbles, four sacks and 27 quarterback hurries as a freshman...Earned MACJC Player of the Week honors after posting 16 tackles, three tackles for loss, six hurries and two sacks against Gulf Coast...Insiders.com Top 25 defensive ends...HIGH SCHOOL: Finished senior season with 135 tackles and 29 sacks while leading Wilcox Central to a 12-1 record...Had 109 tackles, 19 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries as a junior...Birmingham News Dandy Dozen...Mobile Press Register Elite 18...Birmingham Post Herald 10 Most Wanted...Montgomery Advertiser Elite 11 ... Totaled 45 sacks in his high school career... PERSONAL: Born March 25, 1983...Son of Christine Browder.

Neil Brown

DL, 6-2, 250

Buford, Ga. (Buford)

High School Coach: Dexter Wood

Played both offensive and defensive line...On offense, graded 89 percent with 25 pancake blocks and recorded 84 tackles, 13 quarterback hurries, eight tackles for loss and three sacks on defense ...Led Buford to three state championships and helped team post a 58-2 record including 45 consecutive wins during his career...Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game...Georgia Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year...All-State selection... Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50...SuperPrep All-Region...TheInsiders.com Georgia Top 40... PERSONAL: Full name is Cornelius D. Brown ... Born June 4, 1986...Son of Darlene Higgs and Carl Brown.

Anthony Campbell

ATH, 5-9, 178

Hialeah, Fla. (Hialeah)

Head Coach: Glenn Maiolini

Rushed for 1,093 yards and 17 touchdowns and registered 25 tackles and two interceptions in limited action on defense...Returned five kickoffs and one punt for a touchdown ... Rushed for 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior ...Finished high school career with nearly 4,000 career rushing yards and was a three-year starter at tailback...All-Dade County selection...Class 6A All-State Third-Team selection as a utility player... Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100...Also runs track... PERSONAL: Born August 3, 1984...Son of Cassandra Mills.

Antowin Daniels

OL, 6-6, 265

Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons)

High School Coach: Steve Chafin

Three-year starter...Led Mary Persons to a 9-3 record as a senior...Totaled 35 pancakes as a senior and only allowed two sacks in 30 games in career... Georgia Class 3A All-State team ... Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game...SuperPrep All-Region...Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50 ... Also lettered in basketball and track... PERSONAL: Born April 4, 1986 ...Son of Ella and Alexander Daniels.

Tristan Davis

DB, 5-11, 188

East Point, Ga. (Tri-Cities)

High School Coach: Robert Dendy

Played tailback and safety in high school ... Finished senior season with 983 yards and five touchdowns on offense and 142 tackles, five interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 15 pass break-ups on defense...Also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns ... Named the team's Most Valuable Player...Most Valuable Player of the Georgia North-South All-Star game after totaling eight tackles and three broken up passes...Georgia Class 5A All-State team...All-Region selection...Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50...Insiders.com Georgia Top 25...SuperPrep All-Region team...PrepStar All-American...Also plays baseball and competes in track ... PERSONAL: Full name is Tristan Dion Davis ... Born May 5, 1986...Son of Cassandra and Darryl Davis.

Chris Evans

LB, 6-0, 217

Prichard, Ala. (Blount)

High School Coach: Ben Harris

Four-year starter on defense...Registered 105 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior...Also blocked a field goal and one punt on special teams...PERSONAL: Played at the same high school that produced former Auburn players Dameyune Craig, Larry Casher and DeMarco McNeil...Born October 9, 1985...Son of Mary and Christopher Jackson.

Blake Field

QB, 6-3, 195

Tallahassee, Fla. (North Florida Christian)

High School Coach: Tim Cokley

Threw for 1,117 yards and 10 touchdowns and punted for a 46.9 yard average as a senior ... All-State selection at punter...Started three seasons at Cairo High School before transferring to North Florida Christian ...Played for his father at Cairo...Accounted for 3,300passing yards and 23 touchdowns in career at Cairo ... Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 ...PrepStar All-Region selection ...PERSONAL: Full name is Blake Evans Field...Born December 2, 1984 ... Son of Connie and Warren Field.

Steve Gandy

DB, 6-1, 190

Waynesboro, Miss. (Wayne County)

High School Coach: Marcus Boyles

Registered 142 tackles, 13 sacks and an interception as a senior...Helped lead team to two state championships...As a junior, totaled 110 tackles, one interception and three fumble recoveries ...All-State selection... Mobile Register Super Southeast 120 ...Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen...Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Honorable Mention...Insiders.com Mississippi Top 10...SuperPrep All-Region and one of the top 10 players in Mississippi...PrepStar All-Region...PERSONAL: Born February 13, 1986...Son of Everlene and Steve Gandy ...High School teammate of fellow signee Mike McLaughlin.

Tyronne Green

DL, 6-3, 275

Pensacola, Fla. (Woodham)

High School Coach: Mike Sherrill

He is a three-year starter in football and basketball. Played in only five games as a senior due to injuries ... Registered 34 tackles, three sacks, nine quarterback hurries, three broken up passes and an interception ... He was the starting center on a state championship team as a junior...PERSONAL: Born April 6, 1986 ... Son of Virginia and Jimmy Green.

Courtney Harden

LB, 6-1, 212

Leighton, Ala. (Colbert County)

High School Coach: Steve Mask

Had senior season cut short by an injury, but still gained 275 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns from fullback position and registered 33 solo tackles, three sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception on defense...As a junior, totaled 83 tackles and two sacks ... Also played running back and ran for 823 yards and five touchdowns...Helped lead Colbert County to a 12-3 record and a state runner-up finish...Mobile Register Best of the Rest...PrepStar All-Region...PERSONAL: Born May 18, 1985...Son of Marlet and Greg Wilson.

Leon Hart

OL, 6-5, 290

Columbia, S.C. (Spring Valley)

High School Coach: Jimmy Noonan

TheInsiders.com first-team All-American posted over a 90 percent grade and had 90 knockdown blocks while not allowing a sack as a senior ...Had 17 knockdown blocks in one game...All-USA Today Tea ...EA Sports All-America team...Played in the Shrine Bowl and the U.S. Army All-America game ... All-State selection...Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100...Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team...SuperPrep Elite 50...SuperPrep All-American...Ranked the top player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...Countdown to Signing Day All-South Team...PERSONAL: Born January 26, 1986 ... Son of Elaine and Leon Hart.

Kenny Irons

ATH, 5-11, 205

Dacula, Ga. (Dacula/University of South Carolina)

High School Coach: Kevin Maloof

Transferred from South Carolina and enrolled at Auburn in January...2003: Rushed for 51 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown during the season...Also caught two passes for eight yards...Rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Played in five games, starting one...2002: As a true freshman, earned a letter after appearing in nine games with one start...Rushed for 201 yards on 47 carries...Also had four catches for 63 yards and one touchdown on a 30-yard catch and run against Mississippi State...Rushed for a season-high 43 yards on 12 attempts against Mississippi State...HIGH SCHOOL: Rushed for 1,985 yards as a senior...PrepStar All-American...Sporting News Top 25...Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Top 11 ...Gwinnett County Back of the Year ...Played in the Georgia-Florida High School All-Star Game ... PERSONAL: Born Sept. 15, 1983...Brother of David Irons who also enrolled at Auburn in January...Son of former Detroit Lions running back David Irons ...Grandfather is former Oakland Raider linebacker Gerald Irons.

Merrill Johnson

LB, 6-1, 195

Butler, Ala. (Choctaw County)

High School Coach: Charles Graves

Totaled 401 tackles in three years at linebacker ...As a senior registered 184 tackles, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles...Returned two fumbles for touchdowns...Also saw time at running back and rushed for more than 400 yards... Alabama Sports Writers Class 4A All-State team ...Mobile Register All-Region team...PERSONAL: Born November 22, 1985...Son of Rosie and Merrill Johnson.

Brad Lester

RB, 5-11, 188

Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview)

High School Coach: Cecil Flowe

Rushed for 2,090 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior... Ran for 1,630 yards on 181 carries and 15 touchdowns as a junior...Helped lead Parkview to a state title in 2002...Two-time Georgia 5A All-State team...Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game ... Mobile Register Super Southeast 120...Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100...SuperPrep All-Region team ...The Insiders.com South Hot 100 and Georgia Top 20 ...PERSONAL: Born October 24, 1985...Son of Phillis and Willie Miller.

Mike McLaughlin

RB, 6-2, 226

Waynesboro, Miss. (Wayne County)

High School Coach: Marcus Boyles

Rushed for 1,515 yards and 12 touchdowns on 232 carries as a senior...Helped lead team to two state championships...As a junior, rushed for 1,280 yards and 14 touchdowns...Insiders.com Mississippi Top 15...Also lettered in basketball...PERSONAL: High school teammate of fellow signee Steve Gandy ...Born October 27, 198 ...Son of Sherry and Michael McLaughlin.

Korey Raymond

DL, 6-4, 270

Reserve, La. (East St. John)

High School Coach: Larry Dauterive

Registered 63 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt as a senior...Returned one blocked punt 42 yards for a touchdown...Helped lead team to an appearance in the Class 5A Regionals...Currently averaging 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in basketball...PERSONAL: Born May 1, 1985 ... Son of Barbara Raymond.

Pat Sims

DL, 6-4, 288

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dillard)

High School Coach: Ken Scott

Totaled 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 13 sacks as a senior...Registered 75 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a junior...Florida Class 5A All-State selection...Florida Times Union Super 75...Mobile Register Super Southeast 120...Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 ...Also plays basketball and helped lead team to a state championship as a junior...PERSONAL: Played at the same high school as current Auburn players Junior Rosegreen and Stanley McClover and former players Charles Dorsey, Frank Sanders, James Bostic, Brian Robinson and Calvin Jackson...Born January 29, 1985...Son of Lizzie and George Sims.

Greg Smith

OL, 6-3, 296

Chattanooga, Tenn. (Tyner Academy)

High School Coach: Wayne Turner

Finished senior season with 164 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and forced 11 fumbles...Led Tyner Academy to a 12-2 record ...Registered 100 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior...Also played offensive tackle in high school ...Named to the all-state team by the Associated Press and the coaches...Tennessee Class 2A Lineman of the Year Award...SuperPrep All-Region... PERSONAL: Born September 18, 1985...Full name is Greg Bernard Smith, Jr. ... Son of Dewanda Taylor and Greg Smith.

William Sullivan

OL, 6-4, 295

Lillington, N.C. (Western Harnett)

High School Coach: Bill Wyrick

The two-time All-Conference selection, he broke into the starting lineup for the first time as a sophomore playing both offensively and defensively. Sullivan saw his first varsity action as a ninth grader. He started at guard and tackle the past two years and played exclusively on offense during that period...Two-time all-conference and all-area selection...Won the best pass-blocking award at the Down ‘n Dirty Camp in Florida ...Also lettered in track and wrestling...PERSONAL: Born January 13, 1986...Son of Naomi and William Sullivan.

James Swinton

WR, 6-1, 165

Tucker, Ga. (Tucker)

High School Coach: Bill Ballard

Caught 20 pass for 400 yards and five touchdowns and returned one kickoff for a touchdown as a senior ...Helped lead team to a semi-final berth in the state championship... Totaled 15 receptions for 200 yards and five touchdowns as a junior...Georgia 4A All-State Honorable Mention ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Georgia Top 50...TheInsiders.com Georgia Top 50...PERSONAL: Full name is James Alvin Swinton ...Born August 20, 1986...Son of Debra and James Swinton.

Jerald Watson

RB, 5-11, 205

Morgan City, La. (Central Catholic)

High School Coach: William Jackson

Rushed for 6,100 yards and 62 touchdowns in four seasons ... Despite injuries, rushed for 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ...Ran for 1,432 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging over seven yards a carry as a junior...SuperPrep Louisiana Top 10...SuperPrep All-Region...Also played baseball and batted .565 as a junior ... All-state selection in track ...Competed in the 100-meters at the 2003 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships ...Set the freshman and sophomore national records in the 60-meters at the Nike Indoor Championships ... PERSONAL: Born December 11, 1985...Son of Mary and Jerald Watson.

John Watts

OL, 6-6, 270

Russellville, Ala. (Russellville)

High School Coach: Perry Swindall

Started three years and led Russellville to a 40-4 record in career as a starting tackle ... Graded out at 85 percent and posted 55 pancakes as a senior...Led team to a berth in the state championship game as a senior ...SuperPrep All-Region...PERSONAL: Born July 27, 1985 ... Son of Sandra Hester.


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