Isom Hoping to Contribute

Byron Isom, who came to Auburn with high school teammate Mario Fannin, says he has had a good time this summer taking classes and getting in shape for the 2006 season.

Auburn, Ala.--With linemen always a top recruiting priority for Tommy Tuberville, the 2006 class got a late lift with the addition of Lovejoy, Ga., High School star Byron Isom, who switched his commitment late in the process from South Carolina to Auburn.

"I hope to graduate early in three years or three and a half years during the spring going into my senior year," Isom says of his future on the Plains. "I expect to have a few rings on my finger. I expect great things out of this university and that's why I chose this place."

Isom is a player who has the size and athletic ability to play on either side of the ball, but says that he hopes to stay on defense at the three-technique.

"They are pretty deep at the defensive line position, but I feel like I can come in and compete," he says. "If not, I'll just sit back, learn from them and whatever. I'm here to help the team out at whatever position."

At 6-foot-3, the Auburn strength and conditioning coaches were hoping that Isom would enter fall camp at 290 pounds. After working out with Kevin Yoxall all summer Isom achieved his goal and weighed in at 289 on Tuesday.

"I've gotten acclimated to the workouts and they worked us into it slowly," Isom says. "My teammates have been really cool and it's been good to get to know them over the last few weeks. I guess I've been here eight weeks this summer taking classes and getting used to it. It's been pretty cool."

Practice begins Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

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