Coach Says "Can't Miss Prospect" Likes Tigers

A high school football coach talks about his star player's interest in Auburn.

Tucker, Ga.--One of the top cornerback prospects in the South visited Auburn last weekend and following that visit his high school coach says the Tigers are perhaps the team to beat for the talented Neiko Lipscomb.

"To my knowledge he's kind of between Auburn and Georgia," Tucker Coach Franklin Stephens says. "It may be just Auburn now because of the fact that Georgia has not been in contact with me this week in regards to him. With the time to visit winding down I'm not quite sure what is going to transpire and what is on their mind."

"He's not even scheduled to go over there," Stephens adds. "He's supposed to go and they have offered him, but with two weeks left I haven't heard anything from them about him visiting."

With Georgia's interest possibly waning, that likely leaves the Tigers in a good position. Despite offers from all over the country including most SEC and ACC schools, Oklahoma and Michigan State, Stephens says according to Lipscomb the defensive back really liked the Auburn visit and everything he heard from the coaching staff.

"I talked to him briefly, but I didn't talk to him a lot about it," Stephens says. "Basically he liked what Auburn had to offer over that way. We didn't go into great detail about it though."

As a senior Lipscomb had an impressive season for Tucker as he finished with 64 tackles, six tackles for a loss, three interceptions, a caused fumble and a recovered fumble and 11 pass break-ups from his cornerback position. He also added eight catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns on offense.

"I think Neiko is one of those can't-miss prospects," Stephens says. "There's not a lot of 6-2 athletic cornerbacks running around. He has the ability to play on the hash as a safety or he can go down and play man-to-man as a corner. In this age of big receivers he's a luxury to have.

"His strength is his range," he adds. "He has a 6-2 frame and he can run. He's a very athletic kid. He has great ball skills and he's a physical kid. You see him and right now he's about 6-2, 170, but he has a lot of room to grow and fill out. He's a physical football player."


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