Signing Day Excitement Expected for Auburn

A variety of talented high school offensive players are considering Auburn among their possible college destinations as the Tigers head into National Signing Day.

Auburn, Ala.--With national signing day set for Wednesday, Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers are still recruiting a variety of players at a variety of positions, something that sets the stage for what has the potential to be one of the more interesting signing days in recent AU history.

Auburn's new head coach and his staff are still in the mix for highly regarded prospects on offense. The Tigers currently 25 verbal commitments and are ranked 15th nationally in the Scout.com team recruiting rankings.

Auburn earned the reputation as Running Back U and the Tigers are finalists for three talented tailbacks, including two who are expected to keep college coaches waiting until after signing day.

David Oku, who took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend, had earlier committed to Tennessee, but Auburn and Syracuse are definitely in the picture for the four-star recruit out of Carl Albert High in Oklahoma City.

Oku says that he is planning to make his choice in February after the national signing day. The four-star prospect adds that he really enjoyed his weekend checking out the Tigers. He scored a school record 68 touchdowns for his high school team while rushing for 5,802 yards.

Bryce Brown from East High School in Wichita, Kan., is ranked as the nation's number one running back prospect by Scout.com. Previously a verbal commitment to Miami, he is considering a post-signing day visit to Auburn, Southern Cal, Tennessee or Kansas State. Brown put up impressive numbers

Bryce Brown

Brown was named co-Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-American Game last month in San Antonio along with quarterback Tajh Boyd. Brown ran the ball six times for 44 yards and had two receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The other running back the Tigers are recruiting is scheduled to make his pick on Wednesday. Dontae Aycock, from Chamberlain High in Tampa, Fla., says he enjoyed his visit to Auburn this past weekend and has narrowed his choices to the Tigers and Georgia Tech.

Dontae Aycock

The The Yellow Jackets are recruiting him as a quarterback. Auburn likes the physical high school senior as a running back. At 5-10, 210 pounds, he runs with power and his known for breaking tackles and turning short gainers into big plays.

Aycock led the Chamberlain Chiefs to an 11-2 record as a senior QB rushing for 1,406 yards and 28 touchdowns on 169 carries and hitting 77-152 passes for 1,491 yards and 17 TDs with six interceptions.

Aubrey Phillips

A high priority for this signee class is at offensive tackle and the Tigers brought in one of the South's more promising prospects at that position over the weekend as Army All-American Aubrey Phillips took an official visit and says the Tigers are in the mix. Previously committed to Tennessee, the Olive Branch, Miss., High standout will announce his final choice on Wednesday and gave a strong hint that it might not be the Vols. He says he is also considering Arkansas.

Another offensive lineman who visited Auburn last weekend, Johnnie Farms, is a prospect who has been on and off with the Tigers going back to last spring. He previously committed to South Carolina and switched to North Carolina where he is still committed and expected to sign on Wednesday.

Tracy Moore

A prospect who visited the Tigers this past weekend is committed to Oklahoma State. Talented Tracy Moore, from Union High in Tulsa, says that he really enjoyed his visit to see Chizik's program and is now considering the Tigers. A tight end in high school where he set a receiving record for receptions last season, Auburn is recruiting him as a wide receiver.

Moore notes he likes the Auburn coaching staff and is intrigued by AU's offense which is being directed by former Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Tulsa led the nation in total offense last season and scored better than 47 points per game.

Emory Blake

The Tigers are waiting on another receiver to make a decision. Emory Blake from Austin, Tex., has the Tigers in his final three along with Texas Tech and Colorado. Another wideout prospect who visited in January is LSU verbal commitment DeAngelo Benton from Bastrop, La., High, who played a season of prep school football at Hargrave Academy in Virginia. He sat out of football this past season working on becoming an academic qualifier.


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