Working To Line Up Some Big Ones

With national signing day just around the corner on Feb. 6th, the Tigers are looking to add some big linemen to their commitment list.

Ellenwood, Ga.--It is growing close to decision time for big Jonathan Palmer. The good news for Auburn, which is still looking to add offensive linemen to the 2002 signee class, is that the Tigers are in the hunt for the talented player from Cedar Grove High School.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was in the Palmer home on Monday night for a visit along with offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino, offensive line coach Hugh Nall and running backs coach Eddie Gran. Gran recruits Sandy Creek for the Tigers and is also recruiting Palmer's teammate, 6-8, 315, 5.05 offensive tackle Marcus McNeill.

"We had a good talk," says Palmer's father. "Everything is looking real good for Auburn. Real good. They are running neck and neck with Georgia Tech.

"They have moved from the top four to the top one," he adds. "Whoever gets Jonathan is also going to get Marcus McNeil. Jonathan is is a 6-5, 315-pound guard. Marcus is widely recruited, too, and he says he is going wherever Jonathan is going. They have played together all of their career since they were in middle school. They talk all of the time. They both want to go to a place where they can play and have a starting opportunity and Auburn looks real good."

Jonathan Palmer

Clemson coaches are scheduled to come to the house later this evening after watching Palmer's basketball game. North Carolina is also making a visit to Ellenwood

"We plan to talk to Coach Tuberville again and Coach Nall again," Mr. Palmer says. "I told my wife we may drive down there (to Auburn) again and see the community. We don't know for sure because of the time factor, but we sure did like the community when we visited there (last weekend)."

Marcus McNeill visited Auburn Jan. 18th-20th and is looking at Tennessee, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Palmer is an honor student who plays the saxophone and piano in addition to basketball. After his official visit Friday-Sunday, the big senior said, "My visit was excellent. I love Auburn."...A starter on defense, too, he runs a 4.98 40 and bench presses 350 pounds...Georgia coaches have been trying to line up visit with Palmer, but is not getting a visit. Notre Dame and Ohio State have also been trying to set up visits...Tuberville is expected to make a Tuesday night in-home visit to see Carrollton, Ala., High quarterback Courtney Taylor, who committed to Auburn previously but is being pushed hard to switch to Alabama, where he visited last weekend. The 6-3, 195-pounder is also a basketball standout. He is expected to be a wide receiver or defensive back at the college level.

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