Recruiting Weekend Has Star Power

The Tigers will have highly regarded prospects from several states on campus this weekend for recruiting visits.

Auburn, Ala.--The recruiting season moves into the official visit stage for the football Tigers this weekend with Auburn expected to entertain high school prospects from Florida, Georgia and Louisiana along with a pair of prep school teammates and two players from the junior college ranks.

All of the prospects are at positions where the Tigers are definitely looking for recruiting help. Four of the visitors are defensive ends and the Tigers will be losing both of their starters, James Callier and Javor Mills, along with top backup Alton Moore.

One of the defensive ends, Brian Kuhn, will be visiting the state of Alabama for just the second time as he makes his first trip to Auburn. The only other excursion through the state was when his father missed a turn on a trip back home to Crescent City, Fla., from Indiana.

"I am looking forward to my visit," says Kuhn, a 6-5, 250-pounder with 4.6 speed. "It will be my first of four official visits. After those, I plan to sign and graduate early from high school and start college in January."

An honor student interested in majoring in sports medicine, Kuhn says that Auburn is recruiting him to play defensive end as is North Carolina, where he will visit Nov. 30th. He plans to make two other official visits to Maryland, who likes him as a fullback, and to Miami, who has told Kuhn they want him to play tight end.

"I like all of the positions," says Kuhn, who is an honor student. "The thing that is important to me is that I find a place where I will have a chance for early playing time." The big defensive end says he is well aware that Auburn meets that need and that is why other schools like Florida are not on his list.

"I have heard a lot of good things about the Iron Bowl," Kuhn says. "I have heard it is even more intense than Florida and Florida State. I am looking forward to seeing a good game."

Kuhn was just named a repeat member of the All-County team on Thursday night and is a strong candidate to repeat as a Class 2A All-State performer even though opposing teams avoided his side of the defense like the plague. He still managed nine sacks as a senior for a 4-6 team.

Kuhn was also All-County as a junior outfielder in baseball and says his coaches are trying to talk him into staying in school through the spring, but he says, "I want to get to college and get started there and go through spring training."

Devin Aromashodu is scheduled to visit this weekend.

The Florida visitor group this weekend includes 6-2, 180, sub 4.5 wide receiver Devin Aromashodu from Miami Springs High. Aromashodu, who has run a 10.8 100 meters, says the recruiting process is going well for him and he has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He says he doesn't have a favorite among those six. This is his second visit to Auburn this year. He was a standout at an AU summer football camp.

Lineman Alex Pou from Coral Gables High.

Alex Pou, a 6-5, 290 offensive lineman from Coral Gables High, is scheduled to visit this weekend. He is considered one of the top prospects in South Florida and has offers from around the country. The Tigers are on his short list of favorites along with hometown Miami plus SEC schools Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. He was a standout at an Auburn summer camp who has grown an inch and added 35 pounds since his junior season, when he was also a dominating blocker.

Pou is a two-way player who is a noseguard on defense and a tackle and guard on offense. "I prefer to play offense," Pou says. "I like offense more than defense because you get to hit the defensive men a lot. You are making contact every play as a guy tries to get away from you."

Defensive end John Wood.

Another Floridian visiting is 6-4, 230 defensive end John Wood from American High in Hialeah. A player who has earned a reputation as an excellent pass rusher, Wood is getting attention from Miami, Virginia Tech, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina State and others. Wood was a standout at an Auburn summer camp and says he got a good feeling about the Tiger program from that trip to the AU campus, noting the current Tiger players have affection and respect for their coaches.

Defensive back Larry Anam, one of the top prospects in Florida from American High in Miami, is coming for an official visit. At 6-1, 180 pounds with sub 4.5 speed, he is one of the most talented players that Auburn is recruiting. He has offers from colleges around the country.

From Louisiana, the Tigers are expected to get a visit from a highly-regarded defensive lineman. Kyle Williams from Ruston High School is a three-year starter who consistently turns 40 times in the 4.8 range and says he is very interested in the Tigers of both Auburn and LSU. Nebraska is also in the picture. Williams, who is 6-3, 290, has more than 100 tackles with 11 quarterback sacks through 10 games this season for a team that is still alive in the state playoffs.

The Tigers are looking to keep the Hargrave Military Academy pipeline open again this season. Prep school standout Preston Pannell, who is originally from Crisp County High in Cordele, Ga., is scheduled for an official visit. He is a 6-7, 240-pound defensive end and tight end. Pannell is friends with AU verbal commitment Wesley Hill from Crisp County. The Georgia Bulldogs look to be the main competition for a player whose older brother, William, played at North Carolina State. William Pannell played high school football with former Tigers Josh Weldon and Whit Smith, who are finishing degree work at AU.

Pannell's Hargrave teammate, wide receiver Anthony Mix from Baldwin County High in Bay Minette, is expected to sign again with the Tigers in December. He is 6-5, 220 with 4.5 speed. Mix just missed qualifying to enroll for fall semester classes at Auburn and could join the program in January if his academics are in order by then.

Seante Williams, a 6-5, 250, 4.65 defensive end at Coffeyville, Kan., Community College, is another player expected to sign again with the Tigers. He originally put his name on scholarship papers from Auburn as a senior at Pine Forest High in Pensacola, Fla. If he re-signs with Auburn as expected, Williams will have three years of eligibility because he redshirted his freshman season in junior college.

Durrell Robinson started his college career as a Georgia Bulldog.

Wide receiver Durrell Robinson, who played one season at Northwest Mississippi Community College, is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend. He is 6-2, 215 with sub 4.5 speed. He originally signed with Georgia and redshirted there in 1999. A Parade All-American as a high school senior in Lyman, S.C., he caught 73 passes for 1,386 yards and 28 touchdowns that year. As a redshirt freshman at Georgia, he caught 10 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown. He had three caches in the 2000 Oahu Bowl and three catches for 74 yards in the 2001 Georgia G-Day Game. However, he transferred to Northwest Mississippi this past summer.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Franklin Payne, a wide receiver from University School in Jackson, Tenn., was scheduled to be on the Auburn campus for an official visit this weekend. However, because of a state playoff game, Payne is expected to come to Auburn late this weekend and make the trip an unofficial visit...Devin Aromashodu's last name is pronounced (Arm-A-Shed)...Brian Kuhn visited three summer football camps, but was timed in the 40 at just the Florida camp where he ran a 4.6 on grass. He aggravated a hamstring problem and was a spectator at the Miami and Georgia Tech camps later in the summer. When he was well, he ran a personal best 4.59 on the track at his high school earlier this year...In addition to the official visits, there will probably be more than 100 other prospects on campus for unofficial visits this weekend.

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