Athletic Prospect Plans to Check Out the Tigers

A football prospect who plans to visit the Tigers discusses his interest in Auburn.

Perry, Fla.--LaGarrette Blount, a big back who stood out at an Auburn summer football camp last year, is a player who had several standout performances as a senior.

This weekend the Taylor County High senior is scheduled for an official recruiting visit to Auburn.

"Auburn is my number one school now, but I've got a junior college in mind," Blount tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am interested in East Mississippi and if I can make it to a university Auburn will be the one I want to attend."

Blount says he currently weighs in at 6-1, 228 pounds and says that speed and strength are two of his best assets. "I bench press about 325 or 330," he notes. "I squat probably about 500 and I power clean 305."

LaGarrette Blount

He used that strength along with good speed to put up big numbers in a variety of games as a player who says he has been a starter on his high school's varsity since his freshman season.

"Against Hamilton this season I had 24 carries for 424 yards and six touchdowns," he says. "Against Marianna I rushed for 220 yards on 18 carries and had a punt return for a touchdown. Against Madison I ran a kick return back 94 yards. I also had 18 carries for 189 yards."

Eddie Gran, who coaches running backs at Auburn, got a chance to check out Blount when he visited the AU campus for a football camp as did Steve Ensminger, the AU tight ends coach who recruits in the Big Bend area in Florida where Blount lives.

"That camp was very fun and it was a good experience for me," says Blount, who compares his running style to Florida Gator tailback Ciatrick Fason. "I like the way he runs the ball," he says. "I have got quite a few jukes that I can use at times, and then if I have to I use my power and I'll run you over."

As a senior, Blount was a second team All-State selection after rushing for more than 1,000 yards for a third straight season. As a sophomore and junior he played both ways, starting in the secondary. As a senior he saw only spot duty on defense in passing situations.

Blount says his future as a junior college player and hopefully big-time college player is at running back. He says colleges such as Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Southern Cal have contacted him during the recruiting process, but says Auburn is the one that interests him as he prepares for an official visit to the AU campus.

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