Recruiting News & Notes

The Tiger Ticket report features news and notes on football prospects.

Auburn is still waiting word on three of its key offensive line recruits for the 2002 signee class.

The Tigers have just one offensive lineman committed, center William Ward from Prattville High School. He is 6-2, 250 with 4.9 speed.

A pair of teammates from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., look to be close to making their decisions. If one or both choose the Tigers, that would be a boost to Tommy Tuberville's third fully recruited AU signee class. The Auburn coach signed a transition group in February 1999 after replacing interim head man Bill "Brother" Oliver.

Jonathan Palmer, a 6-5, 312-pounder from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., has Auburn as his leader over Clemson and North Carolina with Georgia Tech falling out of his picture. He is finished taking visits.

Marcus McNeill projects as a left tackle at the college level with his quick feet.

His football and basketball teammate, six-foot-eight, 315, 5.05 OL Marcus McNeill, is still undecided about his college choice with Auburn on a short list that includes North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Auburn is also a finalist for 6-6, 285, 5.2 OL Troy Reddick from Westover High in Albany, Ga. Clemson looks to be the main competition for the Tigers. Earlier it was Georgia Tech prior to the coaching change. Reddick visited Florida this past weekend and is also considering the Gators. Auburn is also recruiting Reddick's teammate, 6-4, 300, 5.1 OL Kurt Quarterman. However, Quarterman is a player who is not expected to qualify academically to play as a freshman and may have to go the prep school or junior college route.

Troy Reddick has plenty of options for his college choice.

Picking up a couple of offensive commitments would be a boost for what otherwise is shaping up to be a strong 2002 signing class for the Tigers. Players can begin signing scholarships on Wednesday.

Tiger Ticket Extra: The Tigers had two visitors this weekend for official visits. Michael Gibson, a 6-2, 195-pound, two-time All-State punter from Mooreville, Miss., said last week that he wanted to play for the Tigers. On Sunday, after returning from what he called a fun and exciting weekend in Auburn, he says that the visit confirmed his previous opinion of AU formed during a pair of unofficial recruiting trips to see the Mississippi State and Alabama games. Gibson says he told Tommy Tuberville on Saturday night that he plans to play for the Tigers. The head coach is expected to get back to the punter on Monday to work out details to see if Moore will be signing scholarship papers this week, which is a strong possibility. Kicker Philip Yost and deep snapper Michael Lindsey served as Gibson's player hosts. A two-sport standout, Gibson plays outfield and bats cleanup for the defending state champs in baseball.

Tight end Lawrence Lilly is headed west to Oxford, Miss.

Lewis Carter, a 6-0, 180, 4.43 RB/CB/WR from Richwood High, Monroe, La., had a good visit to Auburn this weekend, according to his mother who made the trip to AU with him. She says her son has not made a college choice and she says she isn't certain when that will happen. It is believed that Carter is still waiting on an offer from the Tigers. He has taken official visits to Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi and has been hearing from Mississippi State, Arkansas, Grambling and others...Derrick Bush, a 6-1, 195, 4.5 defensive back and running back from Miller County High in Colquitt, Ga., who visited Auburn on Jan. 11th-13th but did not get an offer, is not being currently recruited by the Tigers...Look for Lawrence Lilly, a 6-4 1/2, 250, 4.8 tight end from Montevallo, Ala., High, to stay firm with his commitment to Ole Miss after previously announcing for the Tigers...Big and quick 6-4, 295, 5.2 All-State defensive lineman Tim Duckworth from Taylorsville, Miss., High is expected to announce his decision soon. Ole Miss looks to be the major competition for the Tigers. Duckworth says that there is immediate playing time available in Oxford if he signs there. He says that Auburn has a promising future with his buddy and former teammate, Jason Campbell, as the quarterback. He played both ways in high school, but wants to play defensive end in college. He earned All-State honors on defense as a senior


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