AU Recruit Named to All-Star Team

An Auburn University football recruiting report features an update on kicker Wes Byrum.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Wes Byrum of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, an early commitment to the Auburn Tigers, has been named an All-State kicker by the Florida Sportswriters Association.

Byrum made 12-16 field goals as a senior and hit 74-75 PAT attempts, including a clutch 35-yard extra point to send the state championship game against Lakeland into overtime. He contributed to making the overtime happen by executing two onside kicks that helped St. Thomas Aquinas to overcome a 21-point fourth quarter deficit.

"Wes had a great season for us and has a terrific leg," says St. Thomas Aquinas head coach George Smith. "He is an excellent athlete who has a terrific leg strength. He is also a very good soccer player. It is just amazing how far many of his kickoffs went this year."

Wes Byrum is a two-sport athlete at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Byrum, who is rated as the nation's number two kicking prospect by, says he is excited about his decision to play football for the Tigers.

"I have got a chance to talk to a lot of the players who are coming to Auburn and players who are on the team and I really like the type of people Auburn recruits," he says. "I see that Auburn emphasizes recruiting quality and that is important to me. I think I will fit in real well there."

With his football season going all the way to the state championship game, which St. Thomas Aquinas lost 45-42 in double overtime, Byrum missed the early part of his soccer season. "I just got started playing soccer and the season is about finished," he says.

With the Tigers graduating record-setting field goal kicker John Vaughn and kickoff specialist Matt Clark, Byrum is expected to make a run at a starting spot this season for Auburn.

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