Head Start for Tiger Football Recruit

Brent Slusher discusses his adjustment to life as a freshman at Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--Brent Slusher is getting an early start in college, but got off to a late start on his first semester of classes at Auburn.

However, the tight end from Bell County High School in Pineville, Ky., says his adjustment to life as a freshman at Auburn University has been smooth so far.

"It's going well," he says. "I am caught up and I was able to do that in the first few days so it wasn't a big deal."

Slusher earned enough credits to enroll early at Auburn and decided to do that in January. However, he missed the first week of classes while the red tape for doing that was approved.

A 6-3 1/2, 226-pound tight end, Slusher notes that he is settling into his college routine that includes early morning strength and conditioning workouts with Kevin Yoxall and his staff.

"I get up at about five every morning because the workout is at six," Slusher says. "I come back and sleep for a couple of hours and then I wake up and get ready and go to class. I am taking 12 hours. I take three classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and I have got one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"The classes are a bigger responsibility than in high school," Slusher points out. "It is not like the professor tells you that you have to turn this in tomorrow. You have to look at the Syllabus to know when things are due."

Slusher was a two-way standout in football who helped his team to a 10-3 record this past season. He 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.

After football season he played basketball for Bell County High and was a standout on that team, too. He dropped some weight playing basketball, but he notes he has gained five pounds since coming to Auburn and is back up to 226.

His position coach for college, Steve Ensminger, also recruited Slusher for the Tigers. The coach keeps close tabs on the freshman.

"I talk to Coach Ensminger every day," Slusher says. "He calls me to make sure everything is going okay. We talk about football and other stuff."

Slusher was on campus for Auburn's big recruiting weekend in January when 17 prospects were checking out the Tigers. A high percentage of those players are expected to sign with Auburn on Wednesday.

"They are good guys," Slusher says. "Kyle Coulahan is fun to be around. Lee Ziemba, we were wondering if he was going to commit, and he finally did it. He is a good guy, too. I tried to help recruit the guys who were in that weekend."

Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff finished their off-campus visits with prospects on Saturday. Based on the prospects already committed like Slusher and more than 20 others, Tuberville's 2007 signee class looks like it has the potential to be one of the coach's top groups of signees since he took over the AU program starting with the 1999 season.

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