Big Recruit Says He is Headed To AU

A report on several prospects who visited this weekend is featured on the Tiger Ticket update.

Trussville, Ala.--He got a late start on his visit because of a basketball obligation, but once he arrived in Auburn the state's Mr. Football said he had a great visit. He also says he helped land a big lineman to protect him as a college player.

Brandon Cox reaffirmed his commitment to sign with Auburn in a Sunday interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The visit went great," he says. "I had a lot of fun. I look forward to coming down here."

Cox and his Hewitt-Trussville High teammate Lee Guess, an Auburn commitment as wide receiver, played a basketball game at Pinson Valley on Friday night. That meant the pair didn't get in to AU until after midnight.

Not surprisingly, Cox did some recruiting himself on the visit. "I talked to Ben Obomanu a lot," he said. "I talked to the big lineman from Louisiana who committed to Auburn this weekend. His name is Jemayel Phillips."

Phillips, a 6-7, 340-pounder from Winnfield High, has been recruited by a large number of schools. He narrowed his list to Auburn, Nebraska, LSU and Louisiana Tech. He then dropped Nebraska and said it was a three-time race. He committed to Louisiana Tech on his visit to Ruston because he said it was close to home and he has friends there, however, he backed off that and said he was giving Auburn a serious look.

His last scheduled visit is to LSU this coming weekend.

Brandon Cox

Cox also ran into Vestavia Hills High running back Dan Burks over the weekend, the son of former AU running back Kenny Burks, who scored three TDs in one game vs. Tennessee in 1974. Burks was on an unofficial visit to AU and is a player that Auburn is looking at as a fullback. "I played football and baseball against him," Cox says.

The quarterback says that he met with Coach Tommy Tuberville, the academic staff and new offensive coordinator Bob Petrino. "We went over the offense and it is looking like it is going to be a great offense to be in. Last night I went out with some players and met Carnell (Williams), Carlos Rogers, Cooper Wallace and Andrew Letts I had a lot of fun with them."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Cox and his teammate Guess were stars at an Auburn passing camp this past summer. The left-handed Cox showed such accuracy in those sessions that it is easy to understand how he set a state record by completing 70.8 percent of his passes as a senior.


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