Scrimmage Notes II: Prospects Check Out AU

Current high school junior football prospects were among the visitors checking out Auburn's first spring scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--There were approximately 120 football prospects who attended Auburn's first major scrimmage of the spring, but few stood out in the crowd like big A.J. Harmon from Louisville, Ga.

Harmon, who says he currently checks in at six-feet, six inches tall while weighing 330 pounds, notes that he wants to play defensive tackle in college. "If I am going to do that I need to get down to about 290 and I am going to try to do that," he says.

Harmon, a standout at an Auburn football camp last summer, said then he was interested in the Tigers and that hasn't changed. His coach at Jefferson County High, former Auburn player Damien Postell, says he believes the Tigers are definitely in the picture. Postell made the trip over to his alma mater and notes the 2007 edition of the Tigers looks like another promising team.

Unlike some colleges that have a single junior day for prospects who will be seniors next fall, Auburn brings in prospects every Saturday during spring training. Tommy Tuberville says his Tigers will entertain additional prospects next weekend and even more for the March 17th A-Day spring game.

Some of the prospects checking out the Tigers were: offensive lineman cornerback Brandon Boykin from Fayette County, Ga., High; offensive guard John Michael Boswell from Tuscaloosa County High; wide receiver Andre Berry of Tarrant; safety Dee Finley from Auburn High; linebacker Tenarius Wright from Whitehaven High in Memphis, Tenn.; offensive lineman Omoregie Uzzi from Chamblee, Ga., High and defensive end Daniel Forester of Briarwood Christian in Birmingham.

Other prospects watching the scrimmage include: offensive lineman Antoine McClain from Anniston High; offensive lineman Tyler Love of Mountain Brook High, offensive lineman Trevino Woods from Clarke Central High in Athens, Ga.; linebacker Lemanski Ware from Lanett High; wide receiver Dekendrick Moncrief from Prattville High; running back Justin Albert from Prattville High; wide receiver Mark Barron from St. Paul's of Mobile; linebacker Johndrick Beasley from Jefferson County, Ga., High; quarterback Coley White from Daphne and fullback Landon Curtis from Ardmore High.

Other notes from Saturday's scrimmage include:

*Auburn coaches are hoping Prechae Rodriguez will step up as a big-play wide receiver this fall with Courtney Taylor graduating. Rodriguez had a chance on Saturday to make a big play on a perfectly throw deep pass over the middle from Brandon Cox, but he dropped the football. Rodriguez caught one pass for 17 yards.

*Early high school graduate Brent Slusher caught a pass for an 11-yard gain. The tight end from Bell County High in Kentucky was playing high school basketball in December before deciding to graduate early and enroll at Auburn in January.

*Antwoin Daniels, who will be a junior this fall, got the start at right tackle in the scrimmage. Daniels is expected to get a serious challenge from Andrew McCain, who will be a redshirt sophomore this fall. The only returning starter on the offensive line from last season is 6-9, 315-pound left tackle King Dunlap. Jason Bosley is running number one at center with Leon Hart and Tyronne Green at the guard spots.

*Craig Stevens, who was impressive in brief game action last season as a true freshman linebacker, showed he will be a physical player this season with several teeth-jarring hits. He is currently running second team at weakside linebacker behind Steve Gandy.

*Walk-on safety Josh Hebert, a senior from Houston, Tex., made a nice deflection in the end zone to prevent a touchdown on a lob pass from No. 2 QB Blake Field.

*Backup tailback Ben Tate has shown good quickness to the corner throughout the first week of spring drills and he was effective running sweeps in Saturday's scrimmage.


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