Still searching for a more high school stars to close out the class, coach Tommy Tuberville and staff bring in two players already committed to the Tigers and three more looking for a home. The following is a brief description of each player who is expected on campus this weekend.
Troy Bergeron became the second player from Shaw High School in Columbus to give a verbal commitment to the Tigers this season. A standout at both defensive back and wide receiver as a senior, he had one interception and caught 25 passes for 444 yards and seven touchdowns. Expected to see his first action on defense for the Tigers, he has exceptional quickness and a nose for the ball. His best game as a senior came against rival Spencer when he had seven catches with three going for scores.
Troy Bergeron will leave behind the all-black uniforms of Shaw in favor of the orange and blue of Auburn.
Taurean Charles is perhaps the top pass rusher in Florida this season. With 31 sacks and 150 tackles, the 6-2 ½, 227 pound defensive end from Miami is considered by many the prototype outside rusher in today's fast-paced game. A versatile athlete who could play a number of other positions, he does the unusual double in track for Northwestern High by throwing the shot put and running a leg on the 4x100 relay team. Considering Auburn, N.C. State, Florida and Rutgers, he says he visit Gainesville next weekend before making a decision.
Lawrence Lilly was one of the first players to commit to the Tigers this season. A 6-4 ½, 250 pound tight end from Montevallo, he is considered the top player at his position in the state for the Class of 2002. The son of a former NBA draftee, Lilly is also a standout on the hardwood and has a 35-inch vertical leap.
Jonathan Palmer is the second big lineman to visit Auburn from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga. At 6-6, 312 pounds, he is one of the larger players the Tigers are recruiting this season. A versatile player who played all five offensive line positions as a senior, Palmer has a personal best 40-yard dash time of 4.98 seconds. A four-year starter, he has an older brother who plays linebacker at Georgia Tech. He is considering the Yellow Jackets along with North Carolina and Clemson in addition to Auburn.
Luis Rivas is one of the top prospects in South Florida. A 6-4, 260 -pound defensive tackle, he totaled 54 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior. A four-year starter, he says he averages between a 4.8 and 4.9 in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 380 pounds. He is considering Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Ole Miss and Arkansas in addition to the Tigers.