AU Bringing In Talented '09 Junior Prospects

Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers are expecting a variety of visitors to check out the AU football program this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--Although the ink has only recently dried on scholarship papers from the 2008 signing day this month, Auburn's football coaches will spend Sunday getting to know prospects they will be recruiting for the 2009 signing class.

Included in this weekend's visitors are players who are likely to emerge as top prospects in Alabama this fall as high school seniors and others who are expected to do the same thing in other states.

Prospects will get a chance to check out a basketball game as well as watch the opening day of spring football practice.

At halftime of the Auburn-Alabama basketball game at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, the recruits will get to watch the AU football receive the James E. Foy/ODK Sportsmanship Trophy to commemorate their victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl for the sixth consecutive year.

Following the basketball game the Tigers will have their first spring football practice beginning at 3:15 p.m.

Auburn's coaches are expected to play host to several dozen juniors they have identified as prospects they are offering scholarships to or may offer in the coming months based on their performances last fall as juniors. Many of the juniors already have scholarship offers from the Tigers, who are making more very early offers following a nation-wide trend of earlier and earlier recruiting in football.

Jamar Travis is a big, physical defensive linemen with offers from Auburn, Alabama and several other schools.

Among the players expected in for Sunday's festivities are in-state standouts including cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and wide receiver Kendall Kelly from Gadsden City High, defensive lineman Jamar Travis from W.S. Neal in Brewton, defensive back Alvin Hines from Pelham, defensive end/tight end William Ming from Athens, defensive lineman Anthony Orr from Sparkman and defensive end Jamontay Pilson from Greenville.

Jamontay Pilson was impressive at the Scout.com Combine in Mobile.

There are also talented prospects from outside Alabama expected in as linebackers Jarvis Jones and LeRon Furr are both expected to make the trip from nearby Columbus, Ga. The standouts were part of Carver High's state title run last season with Furr being the younger brother of Auburn freshman quarterback DeRon Furr.

Jarvis Jones is expected to be one of the more talented linebacker prospects in the South for 2009 signee class.

Other interesting prospects are expected to visit including quarterback Drew Allen from Alamo Heights High in San Antonio, Tex., quarterback Raymond Cotton from Faith Academy in Mobile, quarterback Tyler Russell from Meridian, Miss., running back Rodney Scott from Cross City, Fla., linebacker Mike Gilliard from Valdosta, Ga., and defensive back Khairi Usher from Meridian, Miss.

In addition to the prospects visiting this weekend, Auburn coaches are expected to have other prospects in to check out the Tigers throughout spring practice that runs through the March 29th A-Day Game.


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