Nation's No. 2 Ranked Kicker to Check Out AU

A kicker with a very strong leg is scheduled to be in Auburn for a recruiting visit this weekend.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--It's not the kind of home game that you would expect a football prospect to choose for his official recruiting visit, but Charles Byrum has his reasons for coming to check out the Auburn Tigers this weekend.

Byrum, who is known as "Wes" to friends and family, will be playing with his St. Thomas Aquinas High School team on Thursday night instead of the traditional Friday game this week. That will give the kicker extra time to make the trip to Auburn and check out the campus for the first time.

Byrum will be taking an official visit this weekend as Auburn looks to improve its record to 4-0 as the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference come to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is a huge favorite to win the game against the 1-2 Bulls.

With Auburn graduating kickers John Vaughn, who handles the extra points and field goals, and Matt Clark, the kickoff specialist, Byrum notes that he has been offered a scholarship by the Auburn coaching staff and points out that he is looking forward to his official visit Friday evening through Sunday.

"I am really excited to get up there this weekend and see what it looks like," says Byrum, who notes that he is currently 6-3, 200 pounds. "I watched Auburn's game with LSU on TV last Saturday and that was exciting."

Byrum notes that he realizes there won't be the big-game atmosphere that Auburn fans and players provided last weekend during the SEC showdown 7-3 victory over LSU, but he says that is okay. "I am still really excited to come see the game, meet everybody and talk to all of the players." He also notes that he wants to check out the pre-game Tiger Walk.

Byrum is ranked as the No. 2 kicking prospect in the nation by Scout.com. His kicking coach, Mike McCabe, says that he has no doubts about Byrum's potential. "He really has a tremendous leg," McCabe says. "He has been getting a lot of interesting from colleges around the country, but I know he is very interested in Auburn."

St. Thomas Aquinas is off to a 3-0 start, including a 79-3 victory last week over Cooper City. In that game Byrum was 11-11 on PAT kicks. That broke the school record that had stood since 1978 when Mike Stanley, who played Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers, made 10-10 in one game vs. Barron Collier High of Naples, Fla.

"I definitely think we are going to state for sure," he says of his team that will play 1-3 Stoneman Douglas High on Thursday night. "I am definitely excited. Hopefully we can meet up with and do well against Lakeland and beat them."

So far this season, Byrum hasn't missed a PAT in 17 tries. He is 2-2 on field goals in the regular season and hit 2-2 in a preseason game.

"I have been practicing really hard and I am kicking the ball better than I have ever kicked it," notes the kicker, who regular puts his kickoffs into and out of the end zone.

Byrum says the official visit will be his first time to see the Auburn campus and adds, "Actually, it will be my first trip to Alabama. It will be a whole new state this state to see. I have heard a lot of good things about Auburn. I am looking forward to the trip."


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories