AU Visit Weekend Features In-State Prospects

An Auburn University football recruiting report is featured.

Dothan, Ala.--A linebacker who had a productive senior season is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend along several other football prospects as the Auburn Tigers looking to put the finishing touches on their 2008 signee class.

Spencer Pybus, a 6-0, 212-pound linebacker from Northview High in Dothan, is scheduled to visit the Tigers Friday-Sunday.

Pybus, a two-year starter for the Northview Cougars, put up impressive numbers as a senior with 146 tackles including six tackles for lost yardage. He intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns.

His coach, Chip Harris, notes that it is surprising there hasn't been more recruiting interest in the linebacker. "I think it may be due to the fact he missed his sophomore season with an injury and his junior film didn't impress a lot of college coaches because he was behind with his technique after missing the previous season.

"Spencer really improved his senior season and had a great year for us," says Harris, who notes that Pybus can play middle linebacker as well as the strongside and weakside spots. "He is a great kid and we are going to miss him a lot. He is going to make somebody a heck of a player."

Spencer Pybus

Pybus has visited Duke and is hearing from other colleges, but Harris says he isn't sure if the linebacker, who does not have a scholarship offer yet from Auburn, has any other visits lined up.

Physically, Pybus runs very well and is very strong. He has been clocked in the 4.4s at camps and combines and is impressive in the weight room. He benches 390 pounds and squats 560 pounds.

Academics are not an issue either. "He is an honors student here at Northview," says Harris, who notes that the linebacker has previously taken an official visit to Duke and is also hearing from other colleges.

Antoine McClain

Other in-state prospects scheduled to visit this weekend at Auburn include offensive tackle Antoine McClain from Anniston High along with Marcel Dareus and Demerius Dareus, who are brothers from Huffman High School in Birmingham. T'Sharvan Bell, a defensive back from Osceola High in Kissimmee, Fla., is also scheduled to visit the Tigers. He verbally committed to Auburn last month.

Matthew Gordon, a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker from Briarwood Christian in Birmingham, was scheduled to visit the Tigers, who have not offered him a scholarship. He is not expected to take the visit and is expected to sign with Furman. Auburn is planning to sign his teammate, quarterback Barrett Trotter.

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