Auburn Still In the Hunt For Seven-Footer

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Jacksonville, Fla.--Jason Bennett, who was in Auburn for an official recruiting visit earlier this week, is still undecided on a college destination.

The big center from Florida Class 2A state champion Arlington Country Day is seriously considering Auburn notes his high school coach, Rex Morgan.

"Unfortunately, he has strep throat and was sick on his visit to Auburn," the coach says. "He was scheduled to play in an all-star game this weekend, but he will be unable to do that.

"Jason is interested in Auburn and if he goes there they will be getting a good person with a tremendous amount of potential. I believe he is the best defensive player in high school basketball.

"Jason is the type of player who changes a game," Morgan adds. "With his shoes on he is seven-foot-three now and 260 pounds. By the time he is a sophomore in college he will weigh 300 pounds.

"He blocked eight shots a game for us and averaged 13 rebounds and he is going to get better and better," Morgan says. "He is a future pro player."

Auburn is the only official visit he has taken this year, but Morgan says he isn't certain if the Tigers are the team to beat. "Jason is very interested in Auburn and he is very interested in playing for Bob Huggins and will be looking to see if he gets a head coaching job in the next couple of weeks."

Huggins was head coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, but was fired prior to the start of the 2005-2006 season and replaced by Andy Kennedy.

Alabama and Michigan have been recruiting the center, too, but Morgan says he isn't certain when or if the big center will visit those campuses.

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