Key Football Recruiting Weekend

The Tigers are expected to entertain top prospects this weekend as football recruiting moves into high gear. The Tiger Ticket report features details on who is visiting.

Auburn, Ala.--Excitement is running high on the Plains as talented prospects from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina are scheduled for official recruiting visits this weekend on the Plains.

Among the players scheduled to visit are the following prospects:.

Derrick Bush is a defensive back and running back currently attending Hargrave Military Academy. The Colquitt, Ga., native is considered one of the top athletes on the Hargrave team and could play any number of positions on the college level. His best game of the season came in a 24-20 loss to Middle Georgia College when he accounted for 180 all-purpose yards, including a 60-yard touchdown reception. He was a three-year starter at Miller County High School.

The Tigers are looking for help at defensive end in the 2002 signee class. Brandon Cannon, a summer camp standout at AU, is considered one of the better DE prospects in the South.

*6-3, 235, 4.8 Brandon Cannon from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., is considered one of the top prospects in the Peach State this season. This defensive end's best game of the season came against perennial powerhouse Southwest Dekalb High when he had three sacks that helped his team to the win. Auburn is also recruiting his teammate Demario Minter. The cornerback is scheduled to visit Auburn January 25.

*6-0, 170, 4.4 Jermalle Cornelius from Ft. Meade, Fla., High may be the quickest player the Tigers are recruiting this season. Playing quarterback as a senior after catching 53 passes for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, Cornelius led his team to a 13-2 record and the state title game by passing for 2,016 yards and rushing for 565 yards with 35 total touchdowns.

Jemalle Cornelius brings excitement to the football field no matter what position he plays.

*6-3, 190, 4.9 Brandon Cox from Hewitt-Trussville High is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the South this season. Named Alabama's Mr. Football for the 2001 season, he ended all suspense about his recruiting on January 9 when he verbally committed to the Auburn Tigers. As a senior the left-hander passed with surgical precision for an impressive 2,887 yards and 27 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Completing 233-of-329 attempts, his 70.8 percent completion percentage is the highest total in Alabama history.

Cavari Dailey, a 6-2, 205, 4.5 safety from Plantation High is one of the top players in talent-rich Broward County in the heart of the south Florida talent pool. He is a four-year starter who is known as a big hitter. He had 110 tackles as a senior.

*Kyle Derozan, a 6-4, 225, 4.8 DE from Pointe Coupe Catholic High in Morganza, La., is a three-sport star. He is a standout in football, basketball and track. Signing defensive ends is a priority with the Tigers losing three seniors and one of the expected recrutis, Seante Williams, not qualifying to enroll at Auburn.

Tim Duckworth is a star on both defense and offense. He was a teammate of AU quarterback Jason Campbell.

*6-4, 295, 5.2 Tim Duckworth from Taylorsville, Miss., High is regarded as one of the top defensive and offensive line prospects in the country. From the same high school as current Auburn signal caller Jason Campbell, Duckworth says the Tigers are the leaders for his services at the moment. With the ability to dominate a game on the interior, Duckworth would be a huge pickup for an Auburn team looking for size up front on the defensive side of the ball.

*6-4, 287, 4.8 Ray Gant is a defensive lineman from Chapel Hill, N.C., who is at Hargrave Military Academy. Although he is a high school senior, he played on the post-graduate football team at Hargrave in an effort to face better competition as a high school senior.

Lee Guess announced on Wednesday that he will sign with the Tigers on Feb. 6th. The Hewitt-Trussville wide receiver was a standout at an Auburn passing camp last summer.

*5-10, 170, 4.51 Lee Guess from Hewitt-Trussville High will join his more high-profile teammate as an Auburn Tiger. Committing on the same day as Cox, the prolific receiver gives coach Greg Knox a very dependable and capable receiver to build the recruiting class on this season. With 93 catches as a senior for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns, Guess has the reputation of being able to get open against any kind of defense. In his final two seasons, Guess had only seven dropped passes out of nearly 200 chances.

*6-3, 240, 4.7 DE Alonzo Manuel from Jennings, La., High--A member of the Louisiana Super Dozen listing of top prospects, he had 79 tackles as a senior playing end in a 4-3 alignment. He also plays basketball at Jennings High.

*6-1, 180, 4.45 Bryan McClendon from Mays High in Atlanta is one of the most electric players to come out of Mays in recent memory. Helping lead his team to an 8-2 record, the standout on both offense and defense finished the season with 45 tackles and four interceptions at cornerback, but offense is likely where his future lies. Playing wide receiver, the speedster caught passes for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns in his school's spread offensive sets.

Bryan McClendon's father, Willie McClendon, was a star for the Georgia Bulldogs who also played in the National Football League.

*6-2, 182, 4.45 WR Benjamin Obomanu from Selma High is considered to be one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama this season. He has offers from a large number of colleges who like his combination of size, speed and academic ability. He is expected to graduate at the top of his Selma High class.

Selma Saint Ben Obomanu is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of Alabama this recruiting season.

*6-7, 340, 5.1 Jemayel Phillips from Winnfield, La., High is the biggest weekend visitor for the Tigers by a landslide. With offers from just about every school in the South, Phillips has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Louisiana Tech and LSU and says La Tech leads at the moment. This monstrous lineman is the prototype left tackle in today's game and has the size, strength and quickness to dominate beginning as a freshman.

Poka's Pitts has been running hot and cold on the Tigers since originally committing to Virginia Tech last spring.

*6-1, 180, 4.4 Montae Pitts from Loachapoka High is likely the fastest prospect in the state of Alabama this season. This wide receiver/defensive back recorded a time of 4.29 seconds (hand-timed on artificial turf) in the 40-yard dash at last year's Jackson Hospital Combine in Montgomery, the fastest time ever posted at the event. With the capabilities to take it the distance every time he touches the ball and a headhunter's mentality on defense, Pitts should feel at home on either side of the ball in college.

*6-4 1/2, 217, 4.6 DB Kevin Sears from Russellville, Ala., High is a first cousin of former Auburn starter Colin Sears. He committed to Auburn back in August prior to the start of his senior season when he was being recruited by almost every SEC school, notes RHS coach Perry Swindall. A three-year starter, he is a versatile athlete who could get a look at several different positions at the college level.

*6-1, 195, 4.4 Brandon Williams from Shaw High, Columbus, Ga., has the skills to play safety or cornerback in college. A high priority recruit for the Tigers, he committed to Auburn in the fall. He has the speed to run with the quickest receivers and the size to be effective against tall wideouts and tight ends.

Tiger Ticket Extra: A player who was expected to be in this coming weekend for a visit but had to re-schedule for next weekend is 6-5, 216, 4.65 defensive end Christopher Browder from Wilcox Central High in Camden. The Auburn verbal commitment, who had earlier committed to Alabama, had a conflict with a basketball game...This is the first of three January weekends when the Tigers are expected to entertain prospects. The Tigers may also have prospects in for the first weekend in February...Look for Auburn to sign approximately 29-30 players on Feb. 6th including five to six sign-to-place prospects who will be heading to prep school or junior college.

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