Football Recruiting News & Notes

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Mooreville, Miss.--Michael Gibson says he is looking forward to his official visit to Auburn this weekend after making two unofficial trips to the Plains to see the Tigers play Mississippi State and Alabama.

The two-time All-State punter says that he plans to say yes to Tommy Tuberville if offered a scholarship this weekend.

"I grew up a Mississippi State fan, but after coming to Auburn and seeing the fans, the atmosphere and excitement around Auburn, I fell in love with the place."

Gibson says the Auburn coaches have talked about him coming to AU and redshirting for a year behind senior Damon Duval or spending a year at Itawamba, Miss., Community College, which has put him on its 20-player regional protected list, which means if he plays juco ball in Mississippi it will have to be at that junior college. A student with a 3.4 grade point average, he should have no trouble being an academic qualifier, which means he could transfer to Auburn out of junior college after his freshman year and have three seasons of eligibility at AU.

Gibson says that Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both recruited him, but don't need punters so that convinced him to look elsewhere. He says he turned down a visit to Vanderbilt because he has his heart set on becoming a Tiger.

Gibson averaged 44.7 yards per during his first season as a punter as a junior. "I picked up a football one day on the practice field and kicked and Coach (Michael Bradley) said, ‘You are on the football team.' I hadn't played football before, but I had played soccer for about 11 years."

He earned All-State honors as a junior and again as a senior when he increased his punting average to 46.5 yards per punt.

More News & Notes: Playing on a state baseball championship as a junior, Gibson hit .410. He batted cleanup and played in the outfield...Six-foot-two, 182-pound, 4.45 WR Benjamin Obomanu from Selma High returned home Thursday from a midweek recruiting visit to Notre Dame where a snowstorm had delayed his return. He is not expected to visit Florida this weekend as previously scheduled. Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville is expected to make an in-home visit to see Obomanu on Saturday night, the last evening coaches can make such trips before Wednesday's national signing day...Auburn is no longer recruiting Lamart Barrett, 6-2, 190, 4.45, DB/WR Avon Old Farms School, Conn. He committed to Auburn earlier and had planned to play with his friend, Devin Aromashodu from Miami Springs, Fla. Aromashodu now says that he will sign with Florida after committing to North Carolina State and Auburn...A visit to Auburn scheduled for defensive tackle Brinson Harlley from Russell County High in Seale, Ala., has been cancelled by Auburn. He is a Louisville commitment. Alabama commitment, Greg McLain, is taking an official visit to Auburn. He is a 6-3, 235, 4.59 defensive end prospect from Lineville, Ala., High.

Selma High's Benjamin Obomanu.

Six-foot-eight, 315, 5.05 OL Marcus McNeill from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., is scheduled to visit Georgia this weekend. He is considering Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Tennessee...Georgia Tech is making a late push to sign 6-0, 175, 4.5 QB/Ath. Chansi Stuckey of Northside High in Warner Robins, Ga. Stuckey, who has visited Auburn, is scheduled to be at FSU this weekend. He is being recruited by the Tigers to play football and basketball. Tech's ace in the hole in this recruiting battle is that Northside head coach Conrad Nix is the father of new Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator Patrick Nix, the former Auburn quarterback. Conrad Nix is definitely helping the Yellow Jackets in this battle...Alabama coaches are continuing to recruit Courtney Taylor, a 6-3, 195-pounder from Carrollton, Ala., High. Taylor played quarterback last season, but projects as a wide receiver or possibly a defensive back in college. He is having an outstanding basketball season with averages of 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game. Taylor was sent an anonymous fax of the infamous AU fraternity party photos that caused a stir on the Auburn campus this past weekend. Obomanu got the same fax. The Taylor recruiting battle has been between Auburn and Alabama. The Obomanu battle has been between Auburn and Alabama with LSU, Notre Dame and Florida in the mix...Lineville High's Greg McLain, a previous commitment to Alabama, was scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend, but cancelled that visit and is expected to sign with the Tide, his childhood favorite.

Courtney Taylor is shown in action for Carrollton High School.

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