Tigers Add 10th Football Commitment

Auburn has picked up another football verbal.

Coffeyville, Kan.--A tall and speedy wide receiver, who too a visit to Auburn to watch Auburn defeat Georgia, says that he plans to sign with the Tigers in December.

Prechae Rodriguez, a 6-4, 194-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40, says that he will join the Auburn program after graduating from Coffeyville Community College in December.

"I have made a decision and I am going to Auburn," says Rodriguez, who also considered FSU and Miami. "Auburn has been my number one choice."

Rodriguez added, "This was my first visit to Auburn. I was very impressed. It was everything I thought it was going to be. The atmosphere of the campus was great. The game was great and the victory over Georgia was like the icing on the cake. I will be in Auburn ready to go for the second semester."

Prechae Rodriguez

A native of Tampa, Fla., where he was more known as a basketball player at Jefferson High School, Rodriguez redshirted as a freshman at Coffeyville so he will have three seasons to play at the Division I level.

With one game to play, he has 37 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns.

"I would say my strength as a player is my ability to catch the ball," Rodriguez says. "I know how to make the catch when the ball is at its highest point." A 40-inch vertical jump and his height make him an inviting target.

Commenting on Auburn, he says, "I really like their football program. They have a real impressive offensive system to play in and, really, the entire team is impressive. They have a great defense that plays real hard and they have a chance to win the national championship this year. I am looking forward to being a part of the team. I also like Greg Knox (Auburn receivers coach), who has been recruiting me."

Coffeyville, which is 9-2, is expected to receive a bowl bid after finishing as the runnerup to Butler County for the Jayhawk Conference championship.

He was more known as a basketball prospect at Jefferson High in Tampa, but says although he just played one year of football he figured that was the best sport for him in the long run. "After talking with people, I decided that in the long run football was the better choice."

He was one of three junior college players from Kansas in for official visits. He was joined by cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and wide receiver Frantz Hardy, who are both from Butler County Community College. The Tigers also entertained two high school seniors on official visits--verbal commitment Oscar Gonzalez, an offensive lineman from Hialeah, Fla., High and Lucas Taylor, a wide receiver/quarterback/athlete from LaFayette, La., who is strongly considering Auburn and Tennessee. He has been putting up big numbers as a quarterback at Carencro High, where he has been a three-year starter, but the 6-0, 180, 4.42 athlete, who is a star in three sports, says he expects to be a wide receiver at the next level.

Rodriguez is Auburn's 10th public verbal commitments and joins these players: 6-3, 222 DE Alonzo Horton from Abramson-Marion High in New Orleans; 6-3, 175, 4.5 WR Montez Billings from Pelham High; 6-2, 205 4.6 LB Patrick Trahan from St. Augustine High in New Orleans; 6-3, 210, 4.6 LB Rex Sharpe from Fairfield High; 6-6, 256, 5.1 TE Andrew McCain from Briarwood Christian High in Birmingham; 5-11, 178, 4.48 CB Aairon Savage from Westover High in Albany, Ga.; 5-11, 178, 4.48 RB/Ath. Ali Sharrief from North Jackson High in Stevenson; 6-6, 285, 5.2 OL Oscar Gonzalez from Hialeah, Fla., High; and 6-3, 300, 5.2 Michael Harness from Pacelli High in Columbus, Ga.

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