It's a "50-50" Tug of War For Lineman

An update on a lineman being recruited by the Auburn Tigers is featured.

Lovejoy, Ga.--With signing day less than two weeks away, Mario Fannin says his commitment to Auburn is strong and notes that he and a fellow teammate are both trying to convince teammate Byron Isom to join them in college.

Fannin, a four-star recruit who will play tailback for the Tigers next season, is competing with teammate Chris Hail, a one-star wide receiver prospect who committed to South Carolina earlier this month.

Mario Fannin

"Right now it looks like it is 50-50 between Auburn and South Carolina," Fannin notes. "I am not sure when he is going to make a decision. It might be Monday or Tuesday of next week."

Fannin says he and Hail both are regularly trying to persuade Isom to join them in college. Isom, a 6-3, 260 lineman who plays both ways, took an official visit to South Carolina last weekend and a visit to Auburn on Nov. 18th where he watched the Tigers defeat archrival Alabama that weekend.

Byron Isom

When asked who is the better recruiter of the two Lovejoy players, Fannin says, "I am pretty sure I am and I have a lot better case than Chris does. I get to talk about coming to Auburn playing for a football power with a great tradition. Chris can't say that about South Carolina."

Fannin says he is up to 210 pounds and is preparing for baseball season at Lovejoy, where he is a returning starter who plays catcher and centerfield.

"I also talked to the high school track coach to ask her if she will let me run on the 4x100 team," Fannin says. "I think it would be fun to do that. I have run the 100 before. My best time was 10.8."

Fannin, who says he recently got a visit from Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall, says he is looking forward to signing with the Tigers on Feb. 1st and getting to the AU campus as soon as possible to prepare for the 2006 season. If the dynamic prospect has his way, Byron Isom will be coming with him.

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