Football Recruiting News & Notes

The report has updates on a variety of football prospects being recruited by the Tigers.

After verbally committing to the Tigers on his visit to Auburn Jan. 11-13th, big Jermayel Phillips is keeping an "uncommitted" low profile in Winnfield, La.

The 6-7, 340-pound offensive tackle visited the University of Nebraska this past weekend and may also visit LSU, where he says he has been numerous times on unofficial visits and other trips.

One of those visits came immediately after his trip to Auburn. Speaking in front of a large group of fans, mostly LSU types, the big tackle boldly announced that he had committed to Auburn. He was showered with an avalanche of boos. The parent of another prospect who was an eye-witness to the event told Inside the Auburn Tigers, "Those LSU fans really didn't want to hear that. Yeah, they were angry."

Phillips appeared shaken by the turn of events and since then has said he is undecided on his college choice and at other times says he will go to Auburn. He has also said he is going to Louisiana Tech, which has two of his former teammates and friends on the Bulldogs' roster.

The battle for his signature is expected to continue until close to the Feb. 6th national signing day. Around 10 of Phillips' teammates are expected to be signing college scholarships. Winnfield is the school that produced current NFL standout Anthony "A-Train" Thomas.

Bryan McClendon is following in the footsteps of his father Willie McClendon.

More Tiger Ticket Notes: Deljuan Robinson, a 6-4, 280-pound linebacker defensive end from Hernando, Miss., High School, has reaffirmed his verbal commitment to Mississippi State. He was one of 19 prospects who took official recruiting visits to Auburn over the weekend. One of the players originally scheduled to visit, defensive tackle Luis Rivas from Coral Park, Fla., High, is expected to be on the AU campus this weekend...A prospect who visited last weekend decided to follow his father's path and head for the University of Georgia. Auburn was recruiting Bryan McClendon, 6-1, 180, 4.45 from Mays High in Atlanta, as a wide receiver or defensive back. He is the son of former UGA running back Willie McClendon. He committed to the Bulldogs after visiting Athens this weekend...Cornerback DeMario Minter from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., cancelled his visit to Auburn scheduled this coming weekend and will be attending Georgia.

Defensive end Alonzo Manuel, who visited LSU last weekend and Auburn the weekend before that, is still uncommitted. He is expected to get in-home visits from the coaching staffs of both schools this week...Auburn coaches are also expected to be in Memphis, Tenn., to talk to defensive tackle LaRon Harris from Kingsbury High School. He visited Auburn this past weekend. Harris says that the Tigers, Arkansas and Tennessee are his three finalists. Tennessee coaches are expected to visit him on Monday. Harris says he is through taking official visits and a decision on his college choice is expected this week.

Benjamin Obomanu in action during his senior season.

Selma High star wide receiver Benjamin Obomanu got an in-home visit from Auburn after his trip to Alabama last week. He has yet to visit Florida, which he had earlier said was a college he was strongly considering...Defensive/offensive lineman Tim Duckworth has yet to pick a college. The 6-4, 295-pounder from Taylorsville, Miss., visited Southern Miss last weekend, which is a college very close to his high school. USM and Southern Miss look to be the competition for the strong and quick lineman...Loachapoka High star Montae Pitts took his official visit to Auburn the previous weekend, but he was back in town on Saturday hanging out with prospects who were on campus last weekend.


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