Peach State Standout Checking Out AU

A large high school senior says that Auburn is on his short list of collegiate favorites.

Chatsworth, Ga.--Murray County High's John Hall has narrowed his college choice to three SEC schools and one from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

If he has a leader, the 6-6, 270-pound tight end and defensive end is doing a good job of keeping it a secret. "I really don't have a favorite right now," he says.

His short list includes the Tigers of Auburn and the Tigers of Clemson along with the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks. He plans to take official visits to all four schools in January before he makes a college choice. He plans to hit Clemson first on Jan. 11th and come to Auburn the next week. The following week he plans to go to South Carolina and will wrap up his visits with a trip to Georgia a week later.

Right now his focus is on his final high school season. His team is 9-2 heading into the second round of the state playoffs vs. Paulding County. He is playing both offense and defense and has developed a reputation as an excellent blocker out of the tight end spot on a run-oriented team. Because of his size, blocking skills and 5.0 40-yard dash speed, Hall is a player who projects as potential offensive tackle at the next level. <

"I am very interested in Auburn," says Hall, who notes the Tigers are recruiting him to play offense. He says he liked what he saw of the university on a trip to Auburn this past summer for a football camp.

An honor student, he is interested in majoring in forestry as a college student and Auburn has a strong program in that field of study.

Tiger Ticket Extra:Hall is expected to be selected to represent his state in the 2002 Georgia-Florida All-Star Game...The coaches at his school are trying to get him out for the basketball team, but Hall says he is going to stick to football and then throw the shot and discus in the spring...Hall says he is looking for a college that is strong academically, has a strong football program, strong fan support, a strong coaching staff and one that is located in a small college town...His top game this season came against Ringgold. He had 10 tackles, four sacks and caught two passes.

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