Recruiting and Defensive Coordinator Updates

The Tiger Ticket report has football recruiting news plus news on the coordinator front.

Amite, La.--With the commitment of Alabama's Mr. Football, the Tigers are apparently through with recruiting quarterbacks for the 2002 class.

With Hewitt-Trussville star Brandon Cox announcing on Wednesday that he will sign with the Tigers, Louisiana prep standout Lester Ricard will not be visiting this weekend. A 6-5, 200-pound Prepstar All-American quarterback from Amite High, Ricard verbally committed to LSU after taking an official visit to Baton Rouge before Christmas. After a couple of weeks to mull over his decision, Ricard says he may have been premature on that decision and decided to keep looking. He is also considering Alabama, Miami and Tulane.

Lester Ricard

Ricard is a three-year starter who passed for more than 2,600 yards as a senior while completing 62 percent of his passes. He threw for 25 touchdowns.

Auburn had also been recruiting another quarterback, Wyatt Sexton from Tallahassee, Fla., but that is expected to end, too.

John Lovett

Tiger Ticket Extra: Tommy Tuberville told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Thursday that he is pleased with how the search for a new defensive coordinator is progressing, but did not give an exact date or time when he expected to have his man. Leading candidates include, in alphabetical order, Gene Chizik of Central Florida, Marc Dove of UCLA, Tyrone Nix of Southern Miss, Paul Rhodes of Pitt and Brent Venables of Oklahoma. All five have experience as college Division I defensive coordinators. Tuberville has interviewed more than 10 people for the spot...Auburn's former defensive coordinator, John Lovett, is expected to resurface on the Stanford University coaching staff...Former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has interviewed for staff positions at Oregon State and Indiana, where former Vandy and LSU coach Gerry DiNardo is the new head coach.

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