Football Prospect Impressive in Hoops, Too

This prospect from the state of Kentucky is eager to get his college career started.

Pineville, Ky.--Auburn football commitment Brent Slusher has made a successful switch to his second season as a basketball player for Bell County High School.

However, he might not be around for the end of the season. The 6-3 1/2, 226-pound tight end is interested in getting a head start on college and enrolling at Auburn in January.

"Coach (Steve) Ensminger came by to see me and talked to me about graduating early," says Slusher, who is a finalist for the state of Kentucky's Mr. Football Award.

Slusher says that the holdup on early enrollment has been getting approval from his local board of education. That is a project that is still in limbo.

"Coach Ensminger talked to me about what school would be like when he came by to visit me," Slusher says. "He told me what my days would consist of and that kind of stuff. The visit went great."

Ensminger got to watch Slusher in action on the basketball court and the verbal commitment put on a good show for the Auburn tight ends coach. He scored 14 points, added 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. Plus, he had his first dunk in a game, which excited the Bell County center. "I can dunk if somebody requests me do it when we are warming up," he notes.

Slusher is one of four prospects scheduled to take official visits to Auburn this weekend along with athlete Jerrell Jernigan of Eufaula High, defensive back Brandon Paul of Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., and Antoine Carter, a defensive end from Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Slusher plans to play a basketball game on Friday night and the come to Auburn for his visit on Saturday and Sunday.

A two-way standout in football who helped his team to a 10-3 record, Slusher was named his conference's Linebacker of the Year and he also set a school record for the most tackles in one game with 22 vs. Rock Castle. Despite reports last week that he would visit the University of South Carolina, he says that isn't happening and that he plans to join the Auburn program as soon as possible whether it is January or later in 2007.

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