Auburn Has A Packed House For Final Camp

Many of the South's top prospects were on hand for Auburn's final camp of the summer Saturday on the Plains.

Auburn, Ala.–-Most recruiting experts will tell you that the harvests of a great season, such as Auburn's 13-0 year in 2004, usually come the next recruiting year. If Saturday's Senior Camp is any indication this could be the year of the Tiger.

For the second consecutive camp Auburn welcomed just over 400 potential prospects (406 to be exact) for a day as players from Arizona to South Florida came to the campus to show their skills. Among the top players in attendance were running backs Cordera Eason, Devon Freeman, Terrell Terry and Fred Munzenmaier, wide receivers Alex Rose and London Crawford, quarterback Steven Ensminger, linebackers Tim Rawlinson and Marcus Sims, defensive backs C.J. Bailey, J.D. Douglas and Jacques Rickerson, defensive lineman Jermarcus Ricks and Dekoda Watson and dozens of other players that are considered at or near the top of their positions in the South.

A player that clearly showed his stuff in Saturday's camp was Ensminger. The son of Auburn tight end coach Steve Ensminger, Steven played last season at Opelika, but is playing this year at West Monroe High in Louisiana. At just over 6-2 and weighing in at 193 pounds, Ensminger showed a strong arm and the ability to deliver the ball into tight spaces. He says the day went well, as has his entire summer.

Running back Cordera Eason ran a 4.47 second 40-yard dash time and measured in at 6-0, 232 pounds.

"I think I have improved a lot this summer," Ensminger says. "I have been up against a lot of talented players and it's good to see that and different looks from different people. It has helped me a lot to go with different coaches and seeing what they've got to offer at different schools. It has been a long summer. It's almost over though so I'm going to keep working. This will be my senior year and I'm looking forward to it."

Making a move to a new school as a senior would be tough for any teenager, but it's something that Ensminger is more prepared for than most. As a freshman he attended West Monroe, but when his dad got the call to come to Auburn he came to Opelika. Now family matters take him back to West Monroe where he says he's comfortable that he'll get the job done.

The younger brother of current Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims, Marcus Sims worked at running back during Saturday's camp and ran a 4.50 40-yard dash.

"It's really just studying," Ensminger says of the challenge of a new offense. "Moving anywhere new is hard, but I'm used to it. My dad has moved all the time. I have been to plenty of schools. It's just another step I have to take. I think it will be for the better. This year I can show what I've got and have a break-out year."

Ensminger now gets prepared for his senior season, but he'll do so with the knowledge that he's got several offers in hand at the moment. After a busy recruiting season that began with a trip to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Combine, Ensminger says that the offers are holding at four at the moment and he's excited about each of them.

"I have offers from Auburn, Miami (Fla.) and Louisiana Tech," Ensminger says. "South Carolina doesn't want to offer a quarterback right now. They're going to wait until later in the season. I still have a whole year left and I'm going to do my best and see how many more offers I get. I'm going to take it slow, but if one day I wake up and decide that a school is the best place for me I'll make that decision. Right now I'm just going to concentrate on football and that will come up later."


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