Prospects Show Their Stuff At AU Camp

The first Auburn Senior Camp has been put in the books and with 535 prospects in attendance Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff got an up close and personal look at some of the South's top performers.

Auburn, Ala.-—While many players distinguished themselves outstanding performances, there were several who performed well enough to earn scholarship offers from the Tigers.

With dozens of good looking players at each position it was hard for someone to stand out, but that's what several players did on the offensive side of the football.

The running backs were perhaps the class of the camp with Caleb King from Parkview High taking part in the one-on-one portion of the camp on Saturday after choosing not to test. Showing explosion and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, King stood head and shoulders above a talented and crowded backfield group.

Auburn picked up a commitment from a talented fullback prospect as Augusta, Ga.'s John Douglas got an offer while at the camp and wasted little time in deciding on the Tigers. Other running backs who showed up well were Fernando Pitts from Westside High in Macon, Ga., and Gordon Warren from Miami Central High. Both Pitts and Warren also took some turns at wide receiver and more than held their own on the outside.

Talented running back Caleb King proved once again why he's one of the most sought-after players in the South.

At the wide receiver position there were several top performers with Darius Haynes from Norcross High in Georgia testing very well and then backing that up with perhaps the top performance of any receiver during one-on-one drills. Showing great hands and a knack for getting open, Haynes had several acrobatic catches with Coach Greg Knox looking on.

Opelika's Marquez Strickland was solid in drills and had one of the camp's best 40 times at 4.44 seconds.

Up front the big boys were in abundance on offense despite two of the South's best just watching from the sidelines. With Nick Claytor and Antwan Greenlee both checking out the action in street clothes, the linemen put on a show with Claytor's teammate, Charles Wood, one of the top players in attendance. Cheered on by Claytor, Wood proved that he belongs to be put alongside his teammate when talking about talented offensive linemen in the state of Georgia.

Several in-state players were very solid in their performances as W.S. Neal's Jared Cooper, Hoover's Patrick Crump, Opelika's Henry Porter and Decatur's Caleb Thomas all did well in the one-on-one drills against some heavy competition on the defensive front.

Hoover High's Kerry Murphy and Josh Chapman along with Shane McCord from Hart County in Hartwell, Ga. and Dion Armstrong from Peach County High in Georgia all showed that they are names to remember when talking about defensive linemen in the South this year. Rated as Alabama's top player by Scout.com, Murphy looked good in one-on-one drills as did teammate Chapman, who has a strong push up the middle. The same is true of Armstrong, who ran a blazing 5.0 in the 40 at just over 300 pounds.

At linebacker players such as Josh Bynes and Marshall Williams stole the show with their speed and athleticism, but a player to watch out of the group will be Patrick Hampton. A defensive end turned linebacker, the Martin Luther King High product from Atlanta looked good in drills and has the mentality to become a dominating force next season.

Linebacker Marshall Williams showed the ability to cover, making him a valuable prospect for teams looking for athletic linebackers.

While Auburn doesn't have much room in the secondary for 2007 signees, there were still several players who stood out in competition as players to watch down the road. In addition to Auburn commitment Daquan Bembry, who despite measuring in at just under 5-9 played well in pass cover situations, in-state cornerback Harrison Bryant from Charles Henderson High in Troy was dominant as a bump and run guy and controlled receivers in his area.


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