With schools from as far away as Miami and New Orleans represented there was no shortage of talent on display, but one of the top performers only had to travel two short hours to prove that he belonged with the elite in the country this season.
Defensive tackle Dominic Lee from Huffman High in Birmingham had already earned quite a reputation in recruiting circles with college coaches because of his athletic ability and his performance to close his junior season. A starter at center for the basketball team and at goalie for the soccer team, it's obvious that Lee has more athleticism than your average lineman. That became apparent late in the football season.
After playing much of the year exclusively on offense, he was switched to defensive tackle at halftime of Huffman's first playoff game and responded with an outstanding performance. The performance was so good that in the next game he was strictly a defender and that continued until the Vikings bowed out of the playoffs two weeks later.
Dominic Lee works on his pass rush technique during a football camp.
While his performance on the field helped his team, it also helped his chances of earning a scholarship to play football following his senior season. Defensive tackle is perhaps the hardest position to find a difference-maker for college coaches and when schools began to see film on Lee they came running.
"I like playing defense," Lee tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I like the aggressive part of the game."
At 6-2, 285 pounds with surprising quickness and a bench press of 405 pounds, Lee has a physical advantage over just about every offensive lineman he faces. That was quickly evident in this weekend's camp as he continuously outperformed some of the better prospects in one-on-one drills.
Expected to start for a fourth straight season this fall, Lee says that he really liked his time in Auburn and he will visit at least one more school this summer for a camp before getting ready for his senior season.
"It went great," he says of his visit to the camp at AU. "I'll probably go to a camp at Alabama and that will be it."
Being recruited by Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida and Northwestern, Lee says that he's wide open at the moment and will wait until later in the process before making a decision.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Auburn continues to hit the area of South Florida hard on the recruiting front as several schools were well represented at last weekend's camp. Among those that had several players in attendance was Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale. A hotbed for football talent since the days of Frank Sanders and James Bostic for Auburn, the Panthers had 11 players in attendance...Miami Central High and Carol City High from Miami also had almost a dozen players between them taking part at the camp...Several current Auburn players came out during the weekend's activities to cheer on and encourage former high school teammates and friends. The most vocal was current Auburn safety Junior Rosegreen, who cheered on his former Dillard teammates at every turn. One of the camp coaches was Charles Dorsey, who currently coaches football and basketball at Dillard.