Eason Ready To Camp At AU

Cordera Eason, who is one of the top tailback prospects in the South, talks about his upcoming visit to AU for camp.

Meridian, Miss.--Cordera Eason is certainly among the list of elite Southern backs who are a part of the class of 2006 and the bruising tailback says that he is very excited about the fact that he will be spending his weekend camping in Auburn.

"I have been looking forward to going to a camp in Auburn for a long time," Eason explains. "I have never been up there so I just want to go up there and explore the campus and see how it looks up there. I am excited about the camp."

The talented rusher also notes that he is not the only player from the talent laden Meridian High squad who is making the trip. He says fellow tailback Derrick Davis is planning on attending along with linebacker Roshaad Byrd, safety Brandon Davis and cornerback Jamie Hill.

The Auburn camp will be Eason's fourth event of the summer and he says he feels like the camps have really been paying dividends for him. "It helps me a lot," he explains. "I have taken some of the stuff that we did out there at the camps and I have come home and been able to use it out on the field. I have been seeing some improvement and if I keep doing what I am doing it will be a big improvement."

After the camp season ends, Eason and his Meridian team will begin to focus on a season filled with expectations. Eason says the thought of that has him ready to strap on the pads.

"I am excited," he says boisterously. "I have never been on a team like the one that we are expected to have this year. Everybody has high hopes for us and if we don't win state this year it will be a while before we win it because we have got some of the best talent on both sides of the ball and we just play hard-nosed football. It is just a big honor to be ranked that high and get all of this attention and so we just have to live up to it this year."

Along with high expectations for his team, Eason adds that he certainly has higher expectations for himself after an injury riddled junior campaign. "I am just looking for a very productive season," he explains. "Last year, as a junior, I missed like four or five games do to injuries, so my main thing this year is to try and stay injury free. If I can stay injury free I can put a lot of points on the board and I can help my team win state."

One reason Eason will need to stay injury free as a senior is because Davis is still rehabbing a torn ACL that he suffered during spring practice. Because of that, Eason will be called upon to carry the load that both backs split last season, especially early on.

"Me and Derrick, we sit down with each other everyday," he says about his interaction with Davis. "We always sit down and talk or whatever. We have been talking about what he is going to do. He can probably return sometime in October, but he is kind of undecided because he doesn't want to come back too early and then re-tear it and possibly be out forever. It is a hard decision for him so he says he is just going to take it day by day. He is rehabbing fine though. He is walking good and he has got a lot of movement in his leg."

With the thought of shouldering the load at tailback on his mind, Eason has decided to put a lot of effort into trimming down this summer after he had bulked up a bit too much during the spring.

"At one time I weighed like 245, but I have been working hard this summer and now, the last time I weighed I was 230," he explains. "So, I think if I can stay around 230 or 225 I will be alright at that weight. That is my goal for my senior season, between 225 and 230."

Cordera Eason was an immediate standout at the Scout.com Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Tex., back in January.

Eason's combination of size and speed has already garnered him a huge amount of recruiting attention and he says that the whole process has certainly been an ordeal. "It has been crazy," he says. "I have been getting calls left and right about recruiting, but I have just been taking it day by day."

Despite all of the attention the talented tailback says he pretty much has things narrowed to five schools that he is heavily interested in, which are Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, Miami and Oklahoma.

Even with his first visit to the Plains still in the future, Eason says that Auburn is one team that will certainly play a major role in the battle for his signature in February.

"I am heavily interested in Auburn because of the fact that a lot of people have been comparing me and Derrick to Cadillac and Ronnie--on the high school level--and I would like to see if I could live up to it on the collegiate level," he says. "Also, it is a good program and just handle everything well up there, so I am heavily interested in Auburn."

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