Tigers Sign Football Prospect From Junior College

The Tigers have added a new offensive player for the 2005 football team.

Coffeyville, Kan.--Auburn has signed wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez, who is scheduled to enroll on the AU campus in January with three seasons of eligibility.

Rodriguez, a 6-4, 194-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40, verbally committed to the Tigers after visiting campus for the Tigers' victory over the University of Georgia. On Wednesday, the first day of the junior college signing period, he signed with the Tigers. The Coffeyville Community College receiver says he chose Auburn over FSU, Miami and others.

"Auburn was everything I thought it was going to be," says 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.

Rodriguez earned second team All-Jayhawk Conference honors this past season. His team finished 10-2 and he made 39 catches for 553 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.

Prechae Rodriguez

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."

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."

"Prechae is a big, physical wide receiver," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville says. "He's got good hands and great leaping ability. We look forward to having him on campus soon."

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