Tuberville Likes Signee Class

News and notes from national signing day with comments from the head football coach.


Opelika High's Will Herring has signed with the Tigers.

Coach Tommy Tuberville has these comments on the 28 Wednesday signees:

WR Devin Aromashodu--"Devin has tremendous speed and quickness. He has the opportunity to be a great special teams player as well as a strong offensive weapon."

DB/WR Troy Bergeron--"Troy is a tough, hard-nosed defensive player that also played wide receiver in high school. He has great athletic ability to play either offense or defense and we will look for him to also contribute on special teams."

TE Justin Bruce--"Justin is a tight end that is 6-8, 250 pounds. He has also played basketball. We expect him to gain a lot of weight. He has excellent hands and great ability to catch the ball. He has the potential to be a very physical tight end"

MLB Kevis Burnam--"Kevis is a player that we really liked in our summer camps. He really made a name for himself with our coaches. He is very physical player that could play inside or outside linebacker."

QB Brandon Cox--"Brandon's coaches and our coaches say that he is probably the most accurate passer they have ever seen. He is very cool in the pocket and nothing seems to bother him. He does a good job running a wide-open offense."

DB Cavari Dailey--"Cavari will have a chance to play safety. He is a great open-field tackler with a strong physical presence. He has a nose for the football."

DE Kyle Dezozan--"Kyle has tremendous speed and quickness. He could probably play offense, but he really enjoys contact and defense. He will have an opportunity to play as a freshman at defensive end."

DE Tim Duckworth--"Tim is one of the most agile big men that we have recruited. He is also a talented basketball player. He has terrific explosiveness. He will have a chance to play at either defensive end or defensive tackle early in his career at Auburn."

DT Antwarn Franklin--"Antwarn was recruited as a defensive lineman. He has good lateral movement and upper body strength. He has a lot of explosive ability. He could play defensive end or defensive tackle."

P Michael Gibson--"Michael has only been a punter for two years. He was a great, young soccer player. He is raw in his punting technique, but he has a strong leg. He also has had a short but productive career kicking field goals and PATs."

WR Lee Guess--"Lee has great hands. He's a tremendous possession receiver. He knows how to run routes and get open against man and zone coverages."

DE Ben Grubbs--Ben is a young man with a lot of athletic ability that has great speed and quickness from sideline to sideline. He played linebacker in high school and has a nose for the football. He is a physical player."

Ben Grubbs is shown during a game as a senior.

DB/QB/Ath. Will Herring--"Will is a strong overall athlete that could play several different positions. He has a lot of football knowledge. He will be a big asset on offense, defense or special teams."

DT Tommy "T.J." Jackson--"T.J. is another player with a lot of upper body strength. He will play defensive tackle. He has great anticipation in attacking the line of scrimmage. He can also collapse the pocket on drop-back passing teams. His first step is very explosive."

JLB Tyrone Martin--"Tyrone is a natural linebacker. He has tremendous speed and quickness and a good understanding of the game. He does a great job exploding to pass drops. He will be a good linebacker, whether against the run or pass."

OT Marcus McNeill--"Marcus is the prototype offensive lineman at 6-7, 315 pounds. He will play at left offensive tackle and will have a chance to play early. He has good speed and quickness for his size. He has unlimited potential."

WR Anthony Mix--"Anthony was recruited out of high school as a wide receiver, but has gained weight since that time. He will have an excellent opportunity to be a good defensive end or linebacker for Auburn. He has great athletic ability."

DE Doug Morris--"Doug has speed and quickness. He has played offense and defense. He could play either side of the line of scrimmage. He made a lot of tackles as a high school player. He runs to the ball well and has excellent pass rush technique."

Doug Morris will bolster the defensive front.

WR Ben Obomanu--"Ben has outstanding athletic ability. He is an extremely talented football and basketball player. He knows how to run routes and he has great hands. He will catch the ball over the middle. He is exciting to watch, especially when he gets the ball in his hands in the open field."

OL Jonathan Palmer--"Jonathan is a big offensive lineman that could play either guard, center or tackle. He is extremely versatile and he has great explosive ability. He has excellent quickness."

WR/DB Montavis Pitts--"Montavis is probably our fastest signee. He clocked a 4.3 40 in some high school combines. He played quarterback in high school, but could play several positions including wide receiver, slot, or defensive back. He will be a kickoff returner. He is a prototype of players like Tim Carter."

OL Troy Reddick--"Troy is an offensive lineman that could play center, guard or tackle. He has excellent feet, tremendous explosion and really understands the game well. He is a natural offensive lineman."

DB Kevin Sears--"Kevin is another linebacker that has excellent speed and quickness. He could be used as a rush end or a drop linebacker."

TB Tre Smith--"Tre caught our coaches' eyes during camp. He has excellent quickness in the open field. He knows how to use his blockers. He has tremendous lower body strength and eye to hand coordination."

WR Courtney Taylor--"Courtney was a quarterback and cornerback in high school. He has great athletic ability which he has shown on the football field and basketball court. He has excellent quickness and jumping ability. He has all the tools to be a great wide receiver."

C William Ward--"We anticipate that William will play center. He is also a talented deep snapper. He has good upper body strength, but, he will need to gain some additional weight."

DB Brandon Williams--"Brandon played corner and safety in high school. He has a nose for the football. He does an excellent job of breaking on the ball. He will give us much needed depth at corner." b>News and Notes: So far it has been an exceptionally smooth signing day from the Auburn perspective. The only hint of negative news so far is that Tennessee commitment LaRon Harris, a defensive tackle Kingsbury High in Memphis decided to stick with the Volunteers. He was still considering the Tigers this morning...Tommy Tuberville is expected to be extremely happy at an afternoon press conference...Offensive lineman Kurt Quarterman from Albany, Ga., High, signed with Louisville this morning. He had been to AU on an official visit and was leaning to the Tigers, however, he would have had to get to AU via the prep school route or junior college and elected to go to a school where he could enroll as a freshman. The prime target for the Tigers at Westover, Troy Reddick picked Auburn over Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida. He visited Florida last weekend and eliminated the Gators. Tech was his early leader, but dropped off the pace with the coaching change and other problems in the football program. Clemson was the main competition and this was close to a 50-50 battle between the Tigers until just before signing day...Auburn signee Tre Smith rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore, junior and senior and was the Class 5A player of the year. He was the number one running back target for the Tigers in 2002 and is expected to be the only RB signee for Auburn this year.

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