Defensive Prospect To Visit Tigers

A defensive line prospect has scheduled a visit to Auburn this weekend.

Semmes, Ala.--Every year a player slips through the cracks in Alabama and becomes one of the "ones that got away." This season that looked to be defensive end Warren Young from Mary Montgomery High, but it won't be without a fight from Auburn.

The 6-4, 240-pound defensive end had earlier already given a verbal commitment to the West Virginia Mountaineers, but will take an official visit to the Plains this weekend to see what Auburn has to offer.

"Warren has tremendous potential," head coach Scott Lesley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He's going to be a really good college football player in my opinion. He's pretty versatile. I don't know exactly where he's going to play but he's going to be a good college football player."

Also recruited by Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and UAB, Young is a very versatile player that could play a number of positions on the collegiate level but projects as a defensive end. With the frame to grow much bigger in the coming years, he had 16 sacks as a senior while also leading the team in touchdown catches with six as both a junior and a senior in part-time action as a tight end.

"That's where he's mainly being recruited," Lesley notes about the likelihood of Young's future on defense. "He moves very well for a 6-4, 240-pound kid. He's got tremendous growth potential. He'll end up being much bigger, of course, than he is now. He plays basketball too and when he gets off of that a little bit and gets to 19 or 20 years old, he's really going to bulk."

Noting that Young has the grades and the test score to be qualified and ready to go, Lesley says that Young's best 40-yard dash time was a 4.75 and he consistently runs in the 4.8 range every time he runs it.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Lesley had a chance this season to see several more Auburn commitments in action. The two he remembers the most are Tommy "T.J." Jackson and Will Herring from Opelika. Visitors to Opelika in the first round of the playoffs this season, he says that it was a definite learning experience for his team to play an opponent the caliber of the Bulldogs and coach Spence McCracken. "They are so big and so talented," he says of Opelika. "Like Tommy Jackson. He's committed to Auburn. If you've got three or four players good enough to play at Auburn, you're good. They mashed us up front. Our kids didn't have any playoff experience. When these kids were freshmen they ended an 18-game losing streak. The seniors this year, when they were freshmen Mary G had not won a game in two years. We went 9-2 this season…Lesley also has two of the top prospects for the Class of 2003 under his tutelage in wide receiver Nick King and safety/quarterback Sam Stewart. King is a 6-2 ½, 190-pound receiver who will likely be one of the top players in South Alabama next season. Stewart, a 6-1 ½, 195-pound speedster who can cover ground from sideline to sideline, saw action this season at tailback but will move to quarterback next fall. Lesley compared him to former Northview and Florida State player Shawn McCorkle.

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