AU Coach Comments on 2007 Signees

Auburn, Ala.--The following are Tommy Tuberville's comments on Auburn's 2007 football signees:

The Auburn head coach signed 30 players to scholarship players on Wednesday.

"Almost all of these signees are guys we had in our summer camps and were able to evaluate," he says. "When you are able to do that you have a better feel for how good these players are going to be. Overall signing day went very well. We are really pleased with the class."

QB Kodi Burns--"We're excited about Kodi being a quarterback of the future for Auburn. He's very athletic and he has a very strong arm. Kodi's an overall athlete and is going to make a tremendous difference on some things that we can do with our offense. We can even expand some things with him."

LB Josh Bynes--"Josh is a big linebacker than can run. He is very physical, very athletic and will play both inside and outside for us."

K Wes Byrum--"Wes is one of the top kickers that I have seen as a senior in high school. He has a very strong leg and will challenge for not only our field goal and extra point position, but also our kickoff spot. He is very versatile, having played defensive end in high school."

WR Quindarius Carr--"We didn't know a lot about Quindarius because he only spent one year at Huntsville High School. However, in the short period of time that we got to know him, he proved to us that he can play on this level. He has good breakaway speed and outstanding hands."

DE Antoine Carter--"Antoine is a young athlete that just turned 17 years old. He's got a lot of room for putting on weight and size. What we noticed about him was his speed and athletic ability running to the football."

OL Jared Cooper--"Jared, who won the offensive lineman of the year award in the state at 4A, is going to be a versatile offensive lineman for us. We will start him out as a tackle, but he can also play guard."

OL Kyle Coulahan--"Kyle is one of the more physical linemen we recruited all year long. He's got size, strength, and good lateral movement. He'll play guard for Auburn."

TB Enrique Davis---"Enrique reminds me a lot of (former Auburn running back) Ronnie Brown and (former Ole Miss running back) Deuce McAllister. He's got height and he runs a little bit tall, but I think that helps his vision. He'll have an opportunity to play for us next year."

Johnnie Lee Dixon--"Johnnie is one of the best athletes we signed in this class. He has great speed and a knack for the ball as a defensive back. He enroll at Hargrave Military Academy and we expect to get him back next year."

John Douglas----"John came to our camp. He's exactly what we're looking for at fullback. He's tall and already has some size. He weighs 235 pounds, has good hands and is a very good athlete. His dad was a coach, so he's got a lot of football knowledge."

Brandon Earl--"Brandon comes from a very good high school, North Jackson. He's a physical lineman that plays hard-nosed football and will fit in very well for us. He is also going to be a guy that can play for us next year."

Ath. Nick Fairley--"Nick is one of the better big athletes that we signed. He is a very good basketball player. He's got a lot of explosion. I think we'll really enhance his strength once he begins playing football full time."

LB Eltoro Freeman--"Eltoro will play inside or outside linebacker for us. He has outstanding quickness and very good skills playing linebacker. He has a nose for the football."

A. J. Greene--"With A.J.'s frame, I think the sky is the limit for how big he can get and yet keep his athletic ability. He is going to be rangy. He'll play defensive end, but he'll have the ability to play a lot of different positions once he gets in the weight room."

Ath. Bo Harris--"Bo signed with Auburn last year at running back. He played linebacker at Milford Academy. He is an all-around athlete that could play any position."

LB Adam Herring--"Adam is a true middle linebacker, a guy that we want to come in and from day one play middle linebacker and run our defense. His dad (Reggie Herring) is a football coach. He's been around football all his life and really has good instincts."

Linebacker Adam Herring helped Shiloh Christian win an Arkansas state championship with an unbeaten season.

LB Carlton Johnson--"Carlton is a player that plays on both sides of the ball. He's a big-time athlete that can really run, who is also a great hitter and very physical."

OL Jermaine Johnson----"Jermaine only played one year of high school football. He is a very good basketball player with a lot of athletic ability. He'll go to a junior college."

DE Wilfred Journet--"Wilfred is one of the players of the year in the state of Louisiana. A physical defensive lineman with a lot of speed, he will also attend junior college."

NG Tim Lamb--"Tim is very similar to (former Auburn nose guard) Tommy Jackson. He'll be a nose guard, who has a very strong upper body and is very physical."

S Michael McNeil--"Michael has a lot of athletic ability. He will eventually be 220 pounds. He is very physical and plays the football very well in the secondary. I think he'll be a good defensive player when we go to man coverage."

Michael McNeil, a bluechip safety from Davidson High in Mobile, is rated as Scout.com's No. 1 prospect in the state of Alabama.

C Ryan Pugh--"Ryan will start out at center for us. A state champion in Alabama as a wrestler, he is very aggressive. He is also very football savvy and loves to play the game."

OL Chaz Ramsey--"Chaz will start out at center. He was named Mr. Football in Mississippi as a lineman. He has good lateral movement and very good technique in both running skills and pass protection."

DB Michael Slade--"Michael is a very rangy, tall, lean athlete than play either corner or safety. He has a defensive mentality, and will have an opportunity to play early."

WR Chris Slaughter--"Chris is a tall receiver that will need to gain some weight. He had a great year and Hargrave Military Academy and will have an opportunity to play for us next year at one of the wide out positions."

TE Brent Slusher--"Brent's a tight end that is already on campus doing very well. He has great hands. I don't think there is any doubt that he is going to be a very physical, big tight end for us in the near future."

CB Ryan Williams--"Ryan is a cornerback with very quick feet. He is very good at man coverage. He had a great year breaking on the football last year at defensive back."

TE Bailey Woods--"Bailey is a big tight end that will have the chance to get even bigger. He had a very good senior season and played very well in the all-star games."

OT Lee Ziemba--"Lee is a Parade All-American that has ties here at Auburn. He is big, physical, and similar to (former Auburn offensive tackle) Marcus McNeil."

DE Chris Zinn--"Chris will need to gain some weight, but will also go to a military academy."


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