Speedsters Checking Out Tigers

News and notes on Auburn football recruiting.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn football Tigers are expected to entertain a pair of prospects from the state of Florida this weekend.

Tre Smith, a 5-11, 191-pound tailback with sub 4.5 speed from Venice High School, rushed for 1,664 yards and 20 touchdowns for a team that finished the season with a 3-6 mark this season. Last year, Venice reached the state 5A championship game and Smith scored three touchdowns in the state title contest.

Tre Smith

The Tigers are battling Nebraska for Smith , but there are some other schools he is looking at such as Miami, Florida State, Florida, Georgia Southern, West Virginia, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Auburn's chances look to be excellent to pick up the tailback's signature in February.

Defensive back Fabian Washington from Bayshore High in Bradenton, Fla., is scheduled to be on campus through Monday for an official visit. He is one of the fastest players the Tigers are recruiting. He is 5-11, 170 with exceptional speed who has been clocked at under 4.5 for the 40-yard dash.

Washington was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp. He is known as an excellent man to man coverage defensive back and has his options of a large variety of colleges. Nebraska, Michigan State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech look to be the main competition.

More News and Notes: Tommy Tuberville had these comments about recruiting when asked by Inside the Auburn Tigers "Kids don't look at wins and losses," Tuberville said. "Obviously, you want to win. Our recruiting is going good. If you have losing seasons, you have got problems but that is not an issue with us."...Auburn's latest verbal commitment, Brian Kuhn of Crescent City, Fla., High, was recruited by some colleges as a linebacker, others as an H-back and others as a fullback, however, he expects to play defense at Auburn. Kuhn says, "Auburn wants me to play defensive end and I know that is a position at which they are looking to replace some seniors."...It is a rare recruiting year when Auburn is not expected to sign any prospects out of the normally talent-rich Mobile area, but that is likely to be the case this year. Although Auburn is not recruiting him, look for UMS- Wright star Matt Pierce to be an excellent catch for some college. The receiver from Mobile is 6-1, 171 with 4.6 speed and he has exceptional hands. Pierce helped UMS-Wright win the Class 4A state title with a 15-0 record. The top-ranked Bulldogs outscored Cleburne County 28-12 to win the state crown on Thursday night at Legion Field in Birmingham.

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