AU Football Camp News And Notes

Notes, quotes and photos are featured from Auburn's July 16th football prospect camp.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's final football camp of the summer may have been the most impressive one of the year as far as talent is concerned.

The camp, which ran from Saturday morning to late Saturday afternoon, featured 406 prospects going through drills and tests. In addition to the players testing, there were some other high-profile prospects there to watch the action like in-state stars Bart Eddins of Montgomery, AU's latest verbal commitment, as well as running back Eugene Sowell of Shades Valley, quarterback Neil Caudle of Spain Park and offensive lineman David Ross of Homewood.

On the field, there were a variety of impressive campers. One of the most interesting was Dekoda Watson, a 6-1 1/2, 207-pound defensive from South Aiken High in South Carolina, who was too quick for anybody who tried to block him in one on one drills.

"Auburn hasn't offered me yet, but I believe that is going to happen this week," Watson said.

Watson noted that Saturday's trip was a good one. "This is the first time I have been on the Auburn campus and it went really well," he said. "I really like the way the coaches handled the camp. They kept everything moving fluidly throughout the day. I really enjoyed it.

Auburn defensive ends coach Terry Price (left) watches Dekoda Watson at Saturday's camp.

A three-year starter in high school, he has been offered by North Carolina, Kentucky, Newberry and Coastal Carolina.

Scott Kennedy of noted that Watson is one of the top rising prospects in the South after a series of good recent showings in camps."

Watson says his trip to Auburn put the Tigers on his recruiting radar. "I like the way the practice field is set up, I loved the stadium, the coaches and everything," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Watson tested very well, too. He ran a 4.6 40, a 35-1/2-inch vertical jump and ran a time of 4.38 on the NFL shuttle.

Camp Notes: One of the top prospects in Mississippi, linebacker Martez Smith of Velma Jackson High, ran an impressive 4.57 40. He measured 5-11 1/2, 199 and did a 37-inch vertical jump. Auburn has shown a major interest in small, quick and very athletic linebackers and he is similar to guys who have been targeted by AU in recent seasons...Another impressive linebacker was Hendrick Leverett, from Oak Grove High in Mississippi, who measured 5-11, 206. He ran a 4.63 40-yard and had a 37-inch vertical jump...Tim Rawlinson from Prattville High measured in at 5-11 1/2, 202. He had a 36-inch vertical jump. Because he pulled a hamstring last week, Rawlinson said he decided to forego doing the running tests...

J.D. Lott, a standout at the Auburn Combine, was impressive again on Saturday, looking very quick in the one on one drills. Lott checked in at 6- 3 1/2, 209 pounds. The Briarwood Christian defensive end had a very impressive 4.22 NFL shuttle time, easily the best time for a defensive lineman at the camp. He did 35 inches on the vertical jump. He ran a 4.85 40-yard dash despite still recovering from a pulled hamstring suffered at a Vandy camp...Cornerback Jacque Rickerson, 5-9 1/2, 169, was disappointed in his 4.54 40, but ran a blistering shuttle time of 4.16. He is from St. Augustine, Fla., High.

Wideout Mike McCoy stood out on Saturday.

Mike McCoy, from Northwest Rankin High in Mississippi, was a real standout. He measured 6-2, 191 and had a 38 1/2 inch vertical with a 4.5 40-yard dash. He also ran impressive pass routes...London Crawford, a wideout from Davidson High, got morale support from his friend and former teammate, Gabe McKenzie, an incoming AU freshman who was there to watch the combine. He was 6-1 1/2, 190 and ran a 4.53 40...John Whiddon, who measured 5-11, 183, was a previous standout at the Auburn seven on seven passing camp for Niceville, Fla., High, the camp team champ. He ran a 4.58, had a 31-inch vertical jump and did a good job catching passes and running routes...Another receiver who was impressive catching the football was Alex Rose from First Coast High in Jacksonville, Fla.

London Crawford runs a drill on Saturday.

Another Auburn standout, lineman Heath Batchelor from Hayleyville, measured 6-6 1/2, 283 and looked good in the one on one drills. He had a 31 1/2 inch vertical and ran a 5.21 40...Robert Drum, a 6-6, 267 lineman from Spain Park, also did well in the one on one drills. He ran a 5.4 40 with a 26-inch vertical...Another offensive line standout, Ryan Broadhead, from Lee County High in Georgia measured 6-5, 257 with a 26-inch vertical.

Hayleyville's Heath Batchelor was one of the best big-man athletes at the event.

Jermarcus Ricks, who plays both defense and offense, worked at defensive tackle in the drills and was impressive. The Colbert County High star measured 6-3, 288 and ran a 5.12 40 and a 4.78 shuttle.

Terrell Terry, another up and coming prospect, showed up well. He is from Upson-Lee High in Georgia. The running back was 6-0, 190 and ran a 4.55 40 with a 4.22 shuttle and a 30-inch vertical...Fred Munzenmaier, a fullback from Georgia's Norcross High, checked in at 6-1 1/2, 228 and ran a 4.69 40 and showed good hands in receiving drills...Running back Marcus Sims, from North Florida Christian, checked in at 5-11, 209 and ran a 4.5 40 with a 31 1/2, vertical and a 4.10 shuttle.

Running back Justin Carter, who measured in at 5-10, 188, ran a very fast 4.43 40 with a 4.16 shuttle and did a 32-inch vertical jump...He is from Southside High in Gadsden,

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