South Florida DB Plans Visit to Auburn

This big defensive back has the Tigers on his short list. We also have an update on the coaching search for a new defensive coordinator.

Plantation, Fla.--Auburn has traditionally had success recruiting football players out of south Florida, however, Plantation High in talent-rich Broward County has not been a school that the Tigers have used to find prospects.

There is a possibility that could change in 2002. Cavari Dailey, a 6-2, 205-pound strong safety with 4.5 speed in the 40, says he will take an official visit to Auburn on Jan. 18th. He plans to visit North Carolina State this weekend and on the 25th he will visit national champion Miami.

A four-year starter on defense, he had 110 tackles as a senior with three interceptions as he helped Plantation post an 8-3 record with a trip to the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns--a 55-yarder and a 25-yarder.

He has been selected to a variety of South Florida all-star teams and is scheduled to play in the annual Dade-Broward All-Star game on Jan. 21st in Miami.

"I like Auburn," Dailey tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am looking forward to a chance to going up there and seeing how it is. I want to see how the people are. I haven't been to Auburn before."

Dailey says his favorite part of football is hitting offensive players. "I can cover, too, but the hitting is what I really like."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Dailey did not attend any football camps this past summer and doesn't compete in any other sports outside of football...Dailey says he wants to take all of his visits before making a college choice...A change in the weather could help the Tigers recruit Dailey, who says he doesn't like cold weather. Auburn got rare substantial snowfall last week with several inches blanketing the campus. That followed an unusually warm fall and early winter that had flowers still blooming after Christmas. "I am definitely going to be checking out the weather," Dailey says.

Brian Kuhn

A recently graduated high school senior arrived on the Auburn campus this weekend. Defensive end Brian Kuhn from Crescent High School says he will room with another early high school graduate, Crisp County High School's Wesley Hill. Hill could get a look at several different positions this spring although he played QB last season on a team coached by his father, Clay Hill. Both will participate in winter workouts and will begin college classes on Tuesday.

More Tiger Ticket Extra: Tommy Tuberville and all of his assistant coaches are still in San Antonio, Tex., at the American Football Coaches Association annual convention. As of Tuesday evening, Tuberville was not ready yet to announce a choice for a position loaded with applicants. Although Tuberville said earlier this week that he wanted to get both coordinators hired before official recruiting visits begin this week, the defensive coordinator might not be on board this week. Offensive coordinator Bob Petrino is expected on campus on Thursday morning for a staff recruiting meeting.

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