AU Still In the Mix With Multiple Prospects

With signing day on Wednesday, Auburn is still in the mix with a variety of football prospects.

Auburn, Ala.--With football coaches off the recruiting trail with the live contact period ending on Sunday and with national signing day just around the corner on Wednesday, there are still several questions about how Tommy Tuberville's Tigers will finish their 2008 signee class.

The Tigers are in the mix with a pair of uncommitted wide receivers and another one who is reconsidering his decision to play for the Tigers.

Plant High School star Derek Winter took his final official visit to Virginia over the weekend and has an offer from the Cavaliers. Auburn made him an offer last week and the All-State receiver from Tampa says he is seriously considering the Tigers after catching 75 passes for 1,668 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. For his career, he has 55 touchdown receptions and more than 4,000 receiving yards.

The 6-0, 190 receiver also has offers from hometown South Florida along with Iowa and Georgia Tech.

Derek Winter

Another uncommitted wideout the Tigers brought in for an official visit is LaRon Byrd, a 6-3, 210-pounder from Hahnville, La., High. Byrd, who notes that he grew up a University of Miami fan, scheduled his final official visit this past weekend to check out the Hurricanes. He is also considering Nebraska, Tulane and Mississippi State.

As a senior, Byrd caught 50 passes for more than 600 yards with 13 going for touchdowns.

Jarmon Fortson, who verbally committed to Auburn in September, made an official visit to FSU in January and returned to Tallahassee on an unofficial visit this past weekend. The 6-3, 222-pounder helped Carver High of Columbus, Ga., win its first state football title as senior along with teammate QB DeRon Furr, a 2008 Auburn commitment, who has already enrolled in classes at AU.

Another early Auburn commitment, cornerback George Baker from Archbishop Carroll High in Miami, Fla., says he has still not finalized his decision and notes that he plans to wait until Wednesday to make a pick from a list that he has narrowed to South Florida and Rutgers in addition to Auburn.

While Baker procrastinated, Auburn coaches made a Sunday evening offer to another cornerback prospect and 6-2, 176 Neiko Lipscomb of Tucker, Ga., High School didn't wait long to make a pick.

"I decided Auburn is where I want to go and I am excited about my decision," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. Lipscomb, who officially visited Ole Miss over the weekend, says his trip to Oxford was a good one, but ended up choosing the Tigers over a long list of offers from SEC and ACC schools.

Several defensive linemen the Tigers have recruited have yet to make their choices. Big tackle Marcel Dareus of Huffman High, who visited AU the last weekend in January along with his brother Demerius Dareus, is looking at Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina and Marshall, the college he visited this past weekend. Marcel says he and his brother want to sign with the same program. A signing day announcement is expected.

Dareus, who is rated as the nation's No. 5 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com, had a very impressive season that included 19 1/2 quarterback sacks and 107 tackles. He is 6-4, 275 while Demerius is a 6-5, 245 defensive end.

Another uncommitted in-state prospect who has checked out the Tigers is linebacker Jerrell Harris of Gadsden City, who took his final official visit over the weekend to check out the Tennessee Vols. Harris, who hasn't been giving hints on his favorite, is also considering Alabama, Clemson and Southern Cal. He has taken official visits to each of those colleges.

Harris made 97 solo stops as a senior and added 48 assists while scoring one TD on an interception and another on a fumble return.

Another defensive player being recruited by the Tigers has yet to announce his college choice. Robert Quinn, a 6-4, 255 end from Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C., has the Tigers among his finalists. The North Carolina Tar Heels could be AU's main competition and talented defender is also looking at Alabama.

Quinn, who is rated a four-star prospect, notes that he will likely wait until national signing day to announce his college.

Enrique Davis is shown at a Hargrave Academy workout this past season.

Also still uncommitted is 2007 Auburn signee Enrique Davis, who took an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. The tailback, who attends prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, was a standout performer at Mosley High in Lynn Haven, Fla.

Davis, who has also taken recent official visits to Ole Miss and Oregon, notes he may wait until after signing day before picking a college. Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville visited the 6-1, 215 tailback late last Friday prior to his trip to Tennessee.

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