Lots of Football Prospects Visit Auburn

A football recruiting report features comments from junior prospects who visited the Auburn campus to check out the program.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's second major scrimmage of the spring attracted more than 180 junior football prospects and suspects from far and near who came to check out the Tigers and the Auburn campus.

Two of the prospects who came from farther away than most made the journey from Virginia to east Alabama to see the Tigers. Twin brothers Brandon Clear and Byron Clear from Jamestown High School in Williamsburg say they are glad they made the trip.

"It was a great experience," notes Brandon, a 6-5, 200-pound wide receiver. "We just came in to check out the college. They sent us a lot of letters. I really enjoyed checking out the campus. I like the family feel of of it."

Byron Clear is almost identical in size at 6-5 1/2, 210, but he plays on the opposite side of the football at defensive end.

"I loved the campus," Byron says. "I enjoyed the scrimmage and how the coaches came up to us and made sure they introduced themselves and talked about the program. I really enjoyed the feeling. It reminds me so much of Virginia. The campus is laid back and I loved the weather."

Byron notes that he and his brother considered a visit to another SEC college this weekend. "We got a letter to go to Tennessee for their junior day," he says. "We decided to go to Auburn. It was a really good choice."

Wide receiver Brandon, who is expected to be a four-year starter in high school, notes that the fact that Auburn had senior standouts Ben Obomanu, Anthony Mix and Devin Aromashodu graduating sparked his interest in the Tigers.

"They lost those top receivers and when I heard that it got my interest immediately because they might need some help," he says. "I am interested in coming into a college and helping a team win. That is what interests me."

Byron Clear is shown at the Scout.com Combine in San Antonio, Tex., earlier this year.

The brothers, who are being recruited by new Auburn assistant coach James Willis, note they are getting letters from a variety of colleges, but haven't gotten any early scholarship offers yet, however, they expect that to start happening soon after they send out game videos to colleges that have requested it."

Colleges that expressed interest include Virginia Tech, Georgia, Harvard, Princeton, Miami, West Virginia, Ohio State and Duke, where they visited for a junior day in Durham, N.C.

Byron laughs when asked if he or Brandon is the best football player. "I can't even say. We both have strong effects on the side of the ball we play."

One of the in-state prospects who had a much shorter journey to Auburn than the twins is defensive tackle Nick Gentry from Prattville High School.

Gentry visited a junior day in Tuscaloosa last weekend at the University of Alabama and plans to go another one in Tallahassee next weekend to check out Florida State.

"Watching the scrimmage it looked like Auburn had a real good practice," Gentry says. "It looks like they are real consistent and they know what they are doing."

Gentry says he is very interested in the Tigers. "Auburn is one of the top colleges I am considering," he says.

Nick Gentry played in the junior all-star game last December at Troy University.

Some of the other prospects who made the trip to Auburn include:

*Defensive end Sidell Corley from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile.

*Cornerback Ryan Williams from B.C. Rain High in Mobile.

*Cornerback Phelon Jones from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile.

*Quarterback Cameron Newton from Westlake High in Atlanta, Ga.

*Offensive lineman Quintin Richardson from Spring Valley High in Columbia, S.C.

*Running back Brian Maddox from T.J. Hanna High in Anderson, S.C.

*Wide receiver Zack Shaw from Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery.

*Offensive lineman T - Bob Hebert from Greater Atlanta Christian in Norcross, Ga.

*Lineman Jerry Cooper from W.S. Neal High in Brewton.

*Defensive end Neland Ball from Jackson, Ga., High.

*Linebacker Jeffrey Daniels from Brantley High.

Jeffrey Daniels had a big junior season for Brantley High.

*Wide receiver Stanley Jones from Houston Academy in Dothan.

*Safety/athlete Anthony McCall from Montgomery Academy, whose father played for the Tigers.

*Offensive lineman Antwane Greenlee from Hardaway High in Columbus, Ga.

*Tight end Brent Slusher from Bell County High in Pineville, Ky.

*Defensive lineman Kerry Murphy from Hoover.

*Offensive lineman Rodney Hudson from B.C. Rain in Mobile.

*Running back Enrique Davis from Mosley High in Panama City, Fla.

*Offensive lineman D.J. Looney from Oak Mountain High.

*Quarterback Lee Chapple from Greater Atlanta Christian.

*Offensive lineman James Dodd from Lake Wales, Fla., High.

*Offensive lineman Tyler McDermott from Palm Beach Central High in Wellington, Fla.

*Offensive lineman Rodney Hudson from B.C. Rain.

*Defensive tackle Ian Williams from Lyman High in Longwood, Fla.

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