Just Window Shopping, Prospect Says

An interview with an Auburn football recruit is featured.

Montevallo, Ala.--Lawrence Lilly was an early commitment to Auburn and says that is still the case despite a visit to Ole Miss last weekend.

"It was nice," he says. "I had a good time, but I am still going to sign with Auburn."

The 6-4 1/2, 250-pound tight end says he will arrive in Auburn on Saturday morning for an official visit because of a basketball game on Saturday night. He is currently averaging 11 points and eight rebounds per game for Montevallo High School.

"Our basketball team is doing good," he says. "We are 12-7 and we are a whole lot better than our record shows."

The sport runs in the family. His father, who is also named Lawrence, was a 6-11 center for Alabama State who was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1973. When asked who is the better basketball player, the Auburn commitment says, "He has still got me. We used to play one-on-one when I was little, but we don't anymore. He has gotten old."

Lilly received an in-home visit from Tommy Tuberville and Terry Price prior to taking his official visit to Ole Miss. He says the AU coaches were not upset with that. "I just wanted to see another school," Lilly says. "I am going to sign with Auburn. Everything is fine."

Lawrence Lilly

When asked what else he discussed with the Auburn coaches, he says, "We talked about the new coach (offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino) and about plans for my official visit. They talked about me playing next season. They told me if I work that I will get to play."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Lilly reached 257 pounds during football season, but basketball has caused him to drop seven pounds. At times he falls into the 240s, he notes...Although he is not up to his father's basketball standards, Lilly isn't bad. In his best game this season, he scored 25 points with 11 rebounds and six assists vs. Pelham...In football, Lilly had eight catches 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also saw limited duty on defense. "I played a little bit of defense at the beginning of the season," he says. "I sprained my ankle pretty good during the season so I just played one way after that. It doesn't bother me anymore."...Lilly runs a 4.8 40, has a 35-inch vertical jump and is known for having good hands...He adds that he has a qualifying ACT score and a 3.2 grade point average.

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