Auburn coaches began their spring evaluation period on Monday and will be moving north throughout the state this week hitting a variety of high schools where there are prospects they want to check out.
Chizik says recruiting the state of Alabama is a high priority and he invited in players from across the state to visit the Auburn campus this winter and this spring. Auburn has been a host to a large number of high profile prospects from in-state and out-of-state and more are expected on campus for summer football camps.
Gene Chizik, like other head coaches, can't be on the road during the spring evaluation period.
Chizik now has assistant coaches Jay Boulware, Gus Malzahn, Phillip Lolley, Curtis Luper, Ted Roof, Trooper Taylor and Tommy Thigpen making their rounds across the state participating in what the coaches are calling their "Tiger Prowl." Each of those coaches has recruiting responsibilities at in-state high schools.
The Auburn coaches are shown on Monday at Davidson High in Mobile. The group (left to right) includes Gus Malzahn, Phillip Lolley, Trooper Taylor, Jay Boulware, Curtis Luper, Tommy Thigpen and Ted Roof.
Boulware coaches tight ends and is special teams coordinator. Malzahn is the offensive coordinator for the Tigers. Lolley coaches the cornerbacks. Luper, who is recruiting coordinator, is in charge of the running backs. Roof is the defensive coordinator and also coaches the linebackers. Taylor is assistant head coach and also handles the wide receivers. Thigpen coaches the safeties for Auburn.
The coaches are traveling by limo decked out in Auburn colors.
Luper says the coaches are traveling as a group to make a statement. "We want to show that we are serious about recruiting prospects in the state of Alabama," he says. "In-state recruiting is definitely a high priority for Coach Chizik."
On Tuesday the Auburn coaches visited high schools in southeast and central Alabama in Hummer limo.
The Tigers currently have four public verbal commitments for the 2010 signee class with the latest coming from 6-7, 275 offensive lineman Shun Coleman from Olive Branch, Miss., High School.