Quarterback May Take Visits

This athletic quarterback is keeping his options open.

Miami, Fla.--An early commitment to the Virginia Tech Hokies is looking around at schools around the South and one of the schools that has caught his eye is Auburn. A visitor to an Auburn summer camp in July, quarterback/athlete Courtney Denson from Central High is one of the top dual threats in the country and has been visited by just about every powerhouse in the region since in-home visits began just over one week ago.

"I committed to Virginia Tech," Denson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I don't know if I'm going to take any visits or not. I'm hearing from Nebraska, Auburn, Louisville, Florida State, Florida and a lot of other schools. It's been mostly those schools though.

"Even though I'm still committed the coaches still come by. Auburn came by and so did Nebraska, Louisville, Florida, Florida State and a bunch of others.

A two-year starter, the 6-0, 185 quarterback with 4.46 speed in the 40-yard dash has been a dominant player the last two seasons for Central. As a junior he threw for 1,800 yards and over 500 yards rushing. Throw in 24 total touchdowns and it's no wonder why Denson was one of the top players in Florida beginning his senior season. He did nothing to disappoint in 2002 with another stellar campaign.

"My season went just fine," Denson says. "We went 10-1, but had to forfeit five games because of an eligible player. On the field we went 10-1. I passed for 1,900 yards and rushed for over 600. I threw 21 touchdowns and I rushed for nine."

Familiar with Auburn after his summer visit, Denson says the Tigers are a very attractive team to any prospective quarterback and that's why he continues to keep an open mind on his recruitment.

"Auburn was the first school to visit me," Denson says. "I like the fact that they have a quarterback situation at Auburn. (Jason) Campbell is going to be a junior next season. If I went to Auburn and redshirted one year I could probably come in as a redshirt freshman. That would be nice."

Jamarcus Russell finished his career as the all-time leading passer in terms of yardage in Alabama history.

Tiger Ticket Extra: This recruiting battle could follow the same lines as the one for Montae Pitts last season. A current Tiger from nearby Loachapoka, he committed to Virginia Tech early before changing to Auburn later in the process...In addition to Denson, Auburn has two high-profile quarterbacks expected in for visits during the month of January. Kelcy McKissic-Luke from Central High in Phenix City is expected to visit the Plains on Jan. 17 while Jamarcus Russell from Williamson High in Mobile is due in Jan. 24 after taking visits to LSU on the 10th and Tennessee on the 17th. The Tigers are looking to sign two quarterbacks in February.

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