Update on AU's Football Commitments

An Auburn football recruiting report is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--With the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina still causing problems in the state of Mississippi and the season ending knee injury to Neil Caudle, three of Auburn's nine football verbal commitments for the class of 2006 were not able to play their last game. However, that number should drop the next two weeks.

Hendrick Leverette and his Oak Grove team from Hattiesburg, Miss., were again delayed in getting their season back on track, but are scheduled to start Friday night at home against South Jones.

Along with Leverette, Tigers' DL commitment Greg Smith's game was also cancelled, and it will be Sept. 22 before the Mississippi Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association gets the season restarted.

However, the other commitments were in action and AU's newest commitment had a strong performance.

Peach County, Ga., wide receiver Chris Slaughter, who committed to the Tigers last week, caught touchdown passes of 19 and 25 yards and was also able to return a kickoff for 43 yards. Despite his efforts, Peach County dropped a 33-20 decision to Houston County and fell to 0-3 on the season, which hurts for a team that hadn't started a season 0-2 since 1983.

AU running back commitment Benjamin Tate finally got his senior season underway and was strong in his first outing for Snow Hill High School, where he transferred during the offseason.

The 5-10 1/2 , 208-pound back rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries on the way to a 48-16 win over South Dorchester. Tate also caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 65-yards for a fourth score.

The Tigers' second quarterback commitment, Steven Ensminger, was able to lead his team to a big win in the second week versus Carencro High, where talented recruit Lucas Taylor, who signed with Tennessee, played last year. Former LSU star Kevin Faulk also played his high school ball there.

Steven Ensminger

Ensminger led the Rebels to a 28-14 victory, but his team was leading 28-0 before Carencro was able to put two late scores on the board. The QB hit 7-17 passes for 78 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown. He also rushed for a 14-yard score.

Mario Fannin, who could play a number of positions on the college level, got his team back on the winning track from under center on Saturday. The talented athlete led his team to a 35-15 win over Morrow to push Lovejoy's record back to .500 at 2-2.

Zaccheus Etheridge's Charles Henderson team continues to struggle this season, especially on offense where the Trojans were only able to muster 74 yards of total offense and went 0-8 on third down conversions in a 17-0 loss to Wetumpka to drop to 0-2 on the season.

Trinity High's Bart Eddins was solid again in week three and Trinity was able to rack up a huge 44-0 win over Bullock County to push its record to 3-0. The big defensive tackle prospect recorded four solo tackles, one assist and two sacks in the win. On the season he has officially been credited with 18 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

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