Palmer And Others Visiting Auburn

Auburn's final recruiting weekend before the Feb. 1 national signing day features a half dozen prospects.

Statesboro, Ga.--A three-year starter at Statesboro High says he will be making a football recruiting trip this weekend to Auburn, which is expecting seven players on campus for official visits.

Brennan Palmer, who started at right guard as a junior and senior and at center as a sophomore, wrapped up his high school playing days on a state championship team that posted a 15-0 record.

"I knew we were going to have a good team and if everything came together we would have a good shot," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It was a really good season and a lot of fun."

The Blue Devils defeated Northside of Warner Robins 13-10 in the championship game.

The All-Region lineman notes that Auburn is recruiting him to be an invited walk-on and says that he has interest in the Tigers for a specific reason even though he doesn't have any family connections with AU.

Auburn's starting centers the past two years, Jeremy Ingle and Joe Cope, have both been walk-ons. "I know Auburn has had success with playing smaller centers," says Palmer, who says that he is 6-0, 270 pounds.

Adam Patterson will be an official visitor to Auburn this weekend.

Palmer notes that he knows one of Auburn's current players, former Statesboro High star Josh Thompson, who is a noseguard for the Tigers.

Palmer says that he doesn't have scholarship offers from any Division I schools, but says the hometown Georgia Southern Eagles are hoping he will walk on there.

The Statesboro senior says that he got a visit from offensive line coach Hugh Nall last week inviting him to take an official visit and walk on to the Auburn team this summer. He notes that Nall knows Palmer's offensive line coach at Statesboro and that is probably where the interest comes from.

"Coach Nall told me that I would have to work hard, but said he thought I could be an SEC player," says Palmer, who adds he is interested in majoring in criminal justice.

Earl Alexander

The Tigers are also expected to get a prospect in for a visit who had previously committed to Alabama. Central High of Phenix City's Earl Alexander has been on again and off again with plans to take an official visit to Auburn. A good athlete who played quarterback for the Red Devils, Alexander is scheduled to make the trip to AU after playing in a basketball game on Friday night in Dothan.

Two other visitors this weekend in addition to Palmer are getting offers to be specially invited walk-ons. Rob Clifton, a 6-4, 250 offensive lineman from Augusta, Ga., Christian School, and Ryan Shuler, a 6-3, 255 offensive lineman from Lakeside High in Evans, Ga., are scheduled to check out the Auburn program. Like Palmer, Clifton played on a state championship team as a senior.

Terrell Zachery is a talented wide receiver who will visit this weekend.

Also visiting is a heavily-recruited uncommitted defensive lineman, 6-3, 255 Adam Patterson from Northeast Richland High in Columbia, S.C. Auburn is his fifth and final official visit after previously checking out Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina State and hometown South Carolina.

Auburn is also getting an official visit from Greg Smith, a verbal commitment who played last fall at Northeast Mississippi Junior College. The 6-3, 315 defensive lineman played his high school football in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Another official visitor, wide receiver Terrell Zachery from Wadley High, is a verbal commitment who set a state record for the most receiving yards in Alabama high school history. The 6-1, 180 Zachery is also an outstanding kick returner.


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