Coach Tommy Tuberville welcomed the 2008 signees, who have all qualified academically, and more are expected later this week and even more are scheduled to arrive later in the month. The Auburn coach and his staff are also playing host to a football camp that started Sunday with 515 boys attending.
Checking in on Sunday was a former Auburn football camp standout, wide receiver Darvin Adams from Harrison High in Kennesaw, Ga.
A player who was a wide receiver in high school, but could get his first look in college as a cornerback, reported on Sunday. Harry Adams, a speedster from Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is another player who is familiar with the AU campus after camping at AU.
A trio of in-state defensive linemen are now on campus. Derrick Lykes from Chilton County High in Clanton got his approval from the NCAA Clearninghouse and reported on Sunday along with Jomarcus Savage from J.O. Johnson in Huntsville. Both guys who were standouts at multiple Auburn summer camps in recent years.
Joining them on campus on Sunday was Cameron Henderson, a defensive end from Shades Valley High in Irondale. More known as a basketball player until blossoming with 90 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior, the six-foot-six prospect, who took care of his academic business to become a qualifier, has the frame to grow into a huge defensive end.
Another in-state defensive prospect reported to AU this week to begin the college experience. Cornerback D'Antoine Hood of Central High in Phenix City, the nephew of former AU star Roderick Hood, is going to try to follow in the current NFL player's footsteps.
A pair of teammates from 2007 Florida big-school state champion St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale are part of the signee class. Philip Pierre-Louis, a player Tuberville says has a chance to contribute early as both a receiver and a returner, is now in Auburn. His teammate, Christian Thompson, who had a terrific senior season splitting time between safety and linebacker, is scheduled to arrive later in the week. Thompson is slated to line up at safety for the Tigers.
T'Sharvan Bell, a two-way standout from Osceola High in Kissimmee, Fla., is expected to report later this week. A quarterback-defensive back in high school on the runnerup to St. Thomas Aquinas for the state title, he is projected as a cornerback at Auburn.
Also expected to arrive later this week is McAdory High star Marcus Jemison, an athletic safety who is expected to get a look for playing time this fall. Jemison was also a quarterback in high school, but was recruited to play defense for the Tigers.
Running back signee Eric Smith from Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., is a player expected to bolster Auburn's offensive depth this fall. He is scheduled to be on campus by the end of the week.
If Auburn needs to play a true freshman on the defensive front, a player to look at could be Andre Wadley, a highly-regarded prospect from Hernando, Miss., High. He arrived in Auburn on Sunday to get an early start on his college years.
Another out of state defensive line prospect, Freddie Smooth from Desire Street Academy in Baton Rouge, La., is expected to attend junior college after coming up short of qualifying.
It will be later in the summer before it is determined whether defensive back Neiko Lipscomb from Tucker, Ga., High and offensive tackle Jermaine Johnson from Hargrave Military Academy make it to campus with this class as qualifiers. Running back signee Onterio McCalebb is not expected to qualify.
Four members of the signee class arrived in May--cornerback Drew Cole from Picayune Memorial High in Mississippi, linebacker Spencer Pybus from Northview High in Dothan, quarterback Barrett Trotter from Briarwood Christian in Birmingham and wide receiver Derek Winter from Plant High in Tampa.
Signees Da'Shaun Barnes, a linebacker, plus athlete DeRon Furr, who is now playing safety after working at quarterback in the spring, enrolled at Auburn in January along with juco transfers Raven Gray, a defensive end, and quarterback Chris Todd.
Deep snapper Dax Dellenbach from North Broward High in Coconut Creek, Fla., running back Reggie Hunt from Daphne High, and tight end Vance Smith from Pace, Fla., High are expected to arrive in Auburn later this month.
The Tigers are scheduled to begin preseason practice on August 2nd.