Lebo's Tigers Get 2nd Commitment of the Week

Auburn is up to five signees or commitments for its signee class and has a chance to add another prospect.

Douglasville, Ga.--Auburn has picked up its fifth verbal commitment and third for the spring men's basketball signing period from 6-9 1/2 forward Matt Heramb.

The 210-pounder from Chapel Hill High School says he plans to sign scholarship papers on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

Matt Heramb

He joins 6-4 junior college guard Archie Miaway from Tallahassee, Fla., Community College and 6-1 guard Dewayne Reed from Wheatley High in Houston, Tex., as players scheduled to sign with the Tigers this week.

Auburn has two early period signees from November, 6-6 forward Lucas Hargrove from Northeast Richland High in Columbia, S.C., and 6-4 guard Kelvin Lewis from North Crowley High in Forth Worth, Tex.

The Tigers are one of two finalists for another high school senior, 7-2 center Jason Bennett from Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla. Bennett is expected to announce his choice on Wednesday afternoon, choosing between Kansas State and the Tigers.

Bennett is the number eight rated center prospect in the country by Scout.com and the top-rated unsigned center prospect in the country. Bennett earlier considered Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Connecticut, Georgia, Miami and Michigan, but only took official visits to AU and Kansas State after helping Arlington Country Day to the state title as a senior.

Jason Bennett

Heramb took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and chose the Tigers over Colorado and Western Kentucky. He also considered Southern Cal, Ole Miss and took official visits to Alabama and James Madison.

Heramb is known as a good outside shooter and he says his comfort zone on his jumper is three feet past the three-point line.

He blossomed as a prospect last summer with a strong performance for the Georgia Hurricanes in AAU ball. He displayed the ability to handle and pass the ball in a motion offense and saw his stock as a recruit increase significantly.

At Chapel Hill High, he played center, but says after talking to Auburn coach Jeff Lebo over the weekend he believes his primary position at AU will be as a power forward. "Coach Lebo told me that depending on who is the game I could also play the three (small forward) or the five (center)," Heramb tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Heramb says he averaged between 14 and 15 points per game as a senior for Chapel High High along with right at seven rebounds and better than four blocked shots and four assists.

Heramb, who is interested in majoring in finance in college, says his visit to Auburn was an excellent one and he feels comfortable with the Auburn coaches and players.

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