AU Football Commitments Off To Strong Start

Updates on Auburn's current football commitments for the class of 2006 are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--With the high school football season in its second week in Georgia and its first week in Alabama and Mississippi, five of Auburn's eight commitments for the class of 2006 have already gotten their seasons started.

One of the top recruits in the class is Spain Park's senior quarterback Neil Caudle, and the 6-3, 205 signal caller got his team off to a winning start with a 35-27 come from behind victory over Auburn High on Friday night.

Neil Caudle rolls out to throw a pass in his team's season opener.

The athletic passer led his team back from a 21-0 deficit on 13-25 passing for 209 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also added 50 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground to help get his team get off to a 1-0 start.

Another key in-state commitment for the Tigers came from Trinity High's Bart Eddins. The 6-4, 270-pound brother of former AU defensive end Bret Eddins also helped get his team off to a winning start on Thursday night against long-time rival Montgomery Academy.

Bart Eddins was solid in his senior debut.

Eddins was strong up the middle against the run at defensive tackle. He also showed good speed rushing the quarterback from the end and played a bit of offensive tackle in some short yardage situations. The big lineman was credited with around 10 tackles and was also able to force a fumble in his senior debut.

Heading over to the Peach State, Lovejoy quarterback Mario Fannin has already put in two weeks worth of work for his team and has the Wildcats at 1-1 heading into week three action.

Mario Fannin won't be a QB at Auburn, but could be a running back or a defensive back.

In week one, Fannin led his team to a 45-18 rout of Mount Zion-Jonesboro. The talented athlete, who mainly plays quarterback, threw for 67 yards on three completions, but two of the three were for touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards and another score.

However, Fannin did not have quite enough to rally his team from behind late as the Wildcats dropped a 21-16 decision to North Clayton this past weekend. Fannin was able to rush for 98 yards in the loss, however.

Hendrick Leverette is a very athletic linebacker commitment from Oak Grove in Hattiesburg, Miss., and the talented defender showed his athleticism in his first game of the 2005 season.

Hendrick Leverette was a standout at an Auburn summer camp.

Leverette was asked to fill in at tailback for his team with starter LaDerrick Jackson out for at least three weeks, and the talented senior handled the job superbly. He lead his team to a 34-15 win over Gulfport on 134 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Auburn's second quarterback commitment wasn't able to get his season off to an official start this past weekend, but he was able to get out on the field for a jamboree game.

Steven Ensminger, who transferred to West Monroe, La., High before the season, started at QB for the Rebels in Friday night's jamboree game versus Rushton and showed his strong arm and good athleticism by rushing for a score and passing for another in a 24-0 victory.

Steven Ensminger will get his season up and running next weekend.

The other three current AU commitments have not gotten to kick off their 2005 seasons yet. However, Northeast Mississippi Junior College defensive lineman Greg Smith will kick things off on Thursday night and Charles Henderson high cornerback Zaccheus Etheridge and his team will get things rolling Friday night versus Eufala. The Tigers' only other commitment, Benjamin Tate, will have to wait until September 9th to start the season in the state of Maryland. He is expected to be in Auburn this weekend on his official visit.


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