Signing Day Tidbits: First to Finish

This Auburn football signee wouldn't take no for an answer.

Auburn, Ala.--An athletic tight end from Pineville, Ky., who was also a standout linebacker in high school, is getting a head start on other members of the 2007 Auburn football signee class.

Brent Slusher, a 6-3 1/2, 226-pounder from Bell County High School, has been taking classes for nearly a month at Auburn University. An honor student in high school, he passed enough credits to qualify for college enrollment in December. However, local school board officials balked allowing him to take an early graduation.

The football player and his family didn't take no for an answer and did an end run around that road block. "I wasn't worried about the school board," Slusher says. "It wouldn't have mattered if they agreed to it (giving him his diploma early) because the NCAA gave me a waiver because I had all of my credits and the other stuff I needed to enroll at Auburn."

The school board did grant Slusher his diploma before he headed off to Auburn.

A finalist for Mr. Football in Kentucky his senior season, Slusher is currently busy taking classes at Auburn and participating in winter workouts in preparation for spring practice that is scheduled to start Feb. 27th.

"I am glad I decided to come to college early," he says. "It was a good decision."

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