Malzahn's Offense Excites Auburn Recruit

A Speedy wide receiver recruit talks about Gus Malzahn's offense as new head football coach Gene Chizik prepares for his first Auburn recruiting weekend.

Birmingham, Ala.--Tulsa's offensive performance Tuesday night in the GMAC Bowl against Ball State was more than just a fitting end to the Gus Malzahn coaching tenure with the Golden Hurricane, it was also a showcase for potential offensive recruits interested in the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Malzahn's offense rolled to 45 points, 31 first downs and more than 600 yards of total offense in the victory. That was enough to really impress longtime Tiger commitment Brandon Heavens, who says he loved what he saw out of his new offense.

"I like everything so far," Heavens tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I saw the Tulsa game and they were talking about the offensive coordinator. He ran a lot of plays that were fun and he likes to put a lot of points on the board. I liked that.

"I also like the coach from Tennessee (Trooper Taylor) that is going to be the receivers coach. I haven't had a chance to talk to them yet, but I'm looking forward to it."

A versatile receiver who excelled both running and catching the ball, Heavens says that from watching Malzahn's offense it should be one that any playmaker wants to play in.

"I was really excited," Heavens says of watching Tulsa's bowl victory. "They were in the spread most of the time. They ran a lot of motion and the receivers ran routes and quick passes. That's pretty much what I ran in high school."

Heavens will have that chance this coming weekend when he takes his official visit to Auburn to check out the campus. It will be the first weekend for new Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and his taff to entertain prospects.

The only visit scheduled for the 5-9, 165 speedster from Jess Lanier High, Heavens says he's solidly committed to the Tigers and is looking forward to checking things out this weekend.

"I'm done except for my visit to Auburn on Friday," Heavens says. "I just want to see how everything is. I want to see how the players feel about the new coaches. I also want to see the academic side of things."

While he hasn't talked with Auburn's offensive coaches yet, Heavens has spoken with new head coach Gene Chizik. He says that he likes what he's seen and heard from Chizik and is looking forward to playing for him.

"It went great," Heavens says of the conversation with Chizik. "He was telling me about Iowa State when he had to cut a whole bunch of players because of discipline and had to start a lot of freshmen.

"He said the first two years he knew they were going to struggle, but the next two years they were going to be good. He said he didn't get a chance to get to those next two years because the Auburn job came open. He said he liked Auburn too much so he left."

Harris Gaston

Heavens is expected to be joined by two familair faces on his visit this weekend as fellow Auburn commitment and former Bessemer Academy teammate Harris Gaston is also scheduled to visit officially this coming weekend along with BA running back Jeremy Cox. Gaston was named All-State this season as a linebacker and also played wide receiver for Bessemer Academy. Cox had a strong senior season cut short by a knee injury.

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Another highly regarded in-state linebacker prospect is expected in for an official visit. D.T. Shackelford from Austin High in Decatur, who verbally committed to the Tennessee Vols' former coaching staff, is expected to be in Auburn this weekend.

There is also a possibility that Rueben Randle from Bastrop, La., High,'s No. 2 rated wide receiver prospect in the country, could be in Auburn for an official visit this week.

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