Tigers Add Northeast Alabama Lineman to Class

This sign to place prospect from north Alabama has been an all-star football player for the past two seasons.

Stevenson, Ala.--Brandon Earl served up more pancakes as a senior than a busy breakfast waitress on a Saturday morning. The North Jackson High School senior's ability to overpower opponents has earned him a scholarship to play for the Auburn Tigers.

Earl signed on Wednesday with Auburn at a ceremony at his school. The North Jackson High standout is a sign to place prospect. His head coach, Mark Rose, says the plan is for AU to place the 6-3, 308-pound guard and tackle at Itawamba, Miss., junior college.

"Brandon had 75 pancake blocks as a senior," Rose says. "He played physical football and led us up front. He is a big and extremely strong guy. Run blocking is probably his strong suit, although he does have really quick feet and he does a good job in pass protection, too."

Rose notes that Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall says that Earl reminds the AU coach of 2006 Auburn senior guard Tim Duckworth. Nall got the opportunity to work with Earl at an AU summer football camp.

The North Jackson senior says his lower body strength is probably his best asset on the football field. "My legs are pretty strong," says Earl, who squats 615 pounds.

A three-year starter and a two-time All-State selection for North Jackson, Earl split time at guard and tackle as a senior. "He played more guard this year and he played tackle, for the most part, the other two years," Rose says.

"He does a good job of pulling and base blocking and drive blocking is probably his best thing," the coach adds.

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