AU to Entertain Prospects for Official Visits

A football recruiting report features notes, quotes and videos about this weekend's expected official visitors to Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn is expected to play host to a pair of prospects who will be on campus this weekend for official visits.

Bo Harris, who plays for Milford Academy, is an Auburn commitment who is scheduled to check out the Florida at Auburn football weekend along with south Florida high school standout Josh Bynes.

Harris is a player who Auburn helped place in prep school after an outstanding high school career at Heritage High in Conyers. He rushed for more than 1,100 yards as a senior. Also immediately after committing to Auburn last January, the 6-3, 225 Harris headed to Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., in an effort to qualify academically in time to re-sign with the Tigers in December.

Bynes is a senior at Boyd Anderson High in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., who received a very early scholarship offer from the Tigers. The 6-3, 230-pounder is known as an aggressive player.

Milford Academy coach William Chaplick says that Harris is fitting in nicely with his team, which is 6-0 and ranked number two nationally among prep schools going into a game this week in Pittsburgh vs. the Robert Morris junior varsity.

"Bo is playing on both sides of the ball for us," Chaplick says. "He is an outside linebacker on defense and a running back on offense. We are loaded at running back so he sees spot duty for us on offense.

"He is doing all of the things he needs to do to be successful," the coach adds. "He has turned things around and is doing well academically. He has never been a discipline problem for us. Auburn is going to be getting a great football player."

Josh Bynes

Auburn is a college that made Bynes an early scholarship offer and the linebacker says the Tigers are right at the top of his favorites list along with the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10. He visited that program two weekends ago when Iowa lost to Ohio State and notes he was impressed with the program in Iowa City.

Bynes says he is very interested in the Tigers and points out that he is impressed with Southeastern Conference football. This weekend he will get to see a pair of nationally ranked teams as Auburn, which is ranked 10th/11th this week, takes on the Florida Gators, who are two and three in the major polls.

"I like the SEC," Bynes says. "It is a tough conference with tough players. I like physical football.

"I like Auburn, too," he says. "I know they have a lot of good football players up there from our area. I like their style of play. Their linebackers are physical and can run."

Bynes can run, too. He competes in the 200-meter sprint for his high school team and uses his strength to throw the shot put and discus.

Rated a four-star prospect by, Bynes notes he is being recruited by Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran, somebody he enjoys.

Eric Berry, a highly regarded prospect from Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga., said he planned to take an official visit to AU this weekend, but will reschedule that for Auburn's Homecoming game vs. Tulane next weekend. The Tigers are expected to have a large number of prospects in for unofficial visit to see what is expected to be one of the SEC's top games this season.

Auburn's game with Florida will be televised at 6:45 p.m. CDT with coverage by ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

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