It's Back to School For Juco Prospect

An Auburn football recruiting report is featured.

Chattanooga, Tenn.--Auburn verbal commitment Greg Smith came up short in his bid to be an early graduate from Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Auburn's first verbal commitment for the 2006 signee class, the 6-2 1/2, 320 defensive lineman hoped to enroll at Auburn in January, but will have to take another junior college class before he can transfer to Auburn.

Smith originally signed with the Tigers as a senior in the class of 2004 out of Tyner High School in Chattanooga. He can sign with the Tigers in February and join the team this summer if he takes care of his remaining junior college academic work.

With the Tigers graduating starters Tommy Jackson at noseguard and Wayne Dickens at tackle, Smith will have an opportunity to challenge for the vacant starting jobs as soon as he arrives on campus.

Dickens, Jackson and the rest of the Tigers wrapped up their on-campus practice schedule on Wednesday and are off until the evening of the 26th when they will meet in Orlando, site of this season's bowl game vs. the Wisconsin Badgers on Jan. 2nd.

Lee Tilley

The Tigers are not expected to sign any football players in December. Tailback Ben Tate, an early high school graduate, will enroll at Auburn in January, but will not sign scholarship papers until national signing day in February.

Another verbal commitment, offensive tackle Lee Tilley, is a possibility to join Tate as an early entry at AU in January, but he may have to wait until his high school class graduates in the spring to attend Auburn.

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