Dynamic Tailback Impressive at AU Camp

One of the top high school football players in the state of Florida discusses his trip to Auburn.

Frostproof, Fla.--Talented tailback Carlton Thomas was high on the Auburn football program prior to this past weekend's one-day camp on the AU campus.

After spending the day in Auburn, Thomas says he came away feeling even better about Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers, one of the programs the nationally-recruited running is seriously considering.

"It was an awesome camp," Thomas says. "I learned a lot from Coach Gran and had a great time." (Eddie Gran is the Auburn assistant coach who has produced a steady stream of running backs who have gone on to NFL careers.)

Thomas says he enjoyed the attention he got from the Auburn coaches who worked on "the little things" that can make him a more effective all-around football player his senior season. The tailback says he also liked doing drills with talented high school prospects from around the Southeast.

The trip to Auburn was his first and only individual camp on the summer schedule, Thomas notes. He says he plans to go to a camp with his team and notes that he is excited about the 2007 season.

"I think we have a great chance to win the state championship," he says. "We have a lot of good things going on. We have everybody in the weight room working hard. We are coming off a 7-3 season and are getting better every day."

Carlton Thomas is player who has exceptional quickness.

Thomas will have a difficult time on improving his junior numbers when he rushed for 2,283 yards and 25 TDs, but with exceptional quickness and strength the 5-7, 175-pounder will have a chance to do that.

So what part of his game as a running back would he like to improve as a senior? "I am really working on my blocking," the tailback says. "People say I am small so they think that I can't really block so I have to really show them I can do that."

Thomas, who says his best 40-yard dash time is 4.44, notes that he had the opportunity to talk to Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville as well as Gran, who had praise for his play in a one-day camp in which featured other talented running backs. "Coach Gran told me, ‘Good job, keep up the hard work' and he said he would be in touch with me."

The running back says in addition to Auburn his favorites list includes Georgia, Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Iowa. He has offers from each of those colleges.

"I really liked being in the atmosphere at Auburn," Thomas notes. "They have a great team there and I really enjoyed being at Auburn and seeing it for myself.

Thomas adds, "I just know that it's a great program. They win and they always have the best of the best at running back. They're going to run the football every game."


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