Tigers Fill Void with Talented Signee

Kicker Wes Byrum is one of the top candidates for playing time as a true freshman in the 2007 signing class.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--After losing four-year starting field goal and extra point kicker John Vaughn as well as kickoff specialist Matt Clark, Tommy Tuberville and the Auburn staff may have found a replacement for both with the signing of Wes Byrum on Wednesday.

Byrum played his prep days at prospect-factory St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Also planning on signing with Auburn from St. Thomas Aquinas is offensive tackle Jermaine Johnson.

The 6-3, 195-pound kicking specialist, who is also a star soccer player, is the fourth-rated kicker in the country by Scout.com. A majority of true freshman have redshirted at Auburn in recent years, but with his cannon of a leg Byrum is a strong candidate to come in and compete for a starting role in August with Zach Kutch and Tyler DiPace.

Byrum was a 5A First Team All-State selection after making 12-16 field goals, 74-75 extra points and booting 100 of 108 kickoffs for a touchback. He committed to Auburn during his official visit on Sept. 23.

Byrum's coach, George Smith, says Auburn is getting a prospect with a tremendous leg and more. "He is a good all-around athlete," the coach notes. "He is an excellent soccer player, too."

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