LaGarrette Blount, a big running back who stood out at an Auburn summer football camp last year, says he is disappointed he couldn't make the trip to Auburn. "We had car trouble and couldn't come," he says. "I talked to Coach (Steve) Ensminger and he said I can come in another weekend."
In the past, Auburn could have sent a university plane to pick him up, but new NCAA rules now require all flights for prospects to be on commercial airlines, which was of no use to a prospect in Perry, Fla., when he planned to visit Auburn after getting out of school on Friday.
Blount, a four-year starter at Taylor County High, played both ways in high school but projects as a running back at the next level. The next level for the big back is expected to be juco. He says he expects to play for East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba, Miss., next season and hopes to do well enough there to sign with Auburn for the 2007 season.
"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."
The back put up some impressive numbers as a senior. "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.