More Auburn Freshmen Cleared For Action

A pair of 2009 signees will be ready to compete for playing time when the Tigers start preseason drills.

Auburn, Ala.--A pair of in-state 2009 Auburn football signees have qualified academically and are officially enrolled at Auburn University as of Friday evening.

Dee Ford, who is rated as a four-star defensive end prospect by, will be joining his new teammates soon as will another defensive recruit, noseguard Jamar Travis.

Travis, who is from W.S. Neal High in Brewton, is a 6-1, 296-pounder who will be reuniting with a former teammate. Jared Cooper will be a redshirt sophomore offensive guard at Auburn this fall and is a friend of the defensive lineman. Travis is rated a three-star prospect by as the No. 32 defensive tackle prospect in the 2009 signee class.

As a senior Travis made 70 tackles, including 21 for lost yardage, despite being double-teamed and even triple-teamed last fall by opponents. He also suffered a knee injury in the opening game that limited his mobility, but he played through that and is now full speed.

Kevin Jordan, who was recently promoted to head coach at W.S. Neal, agrees with former Neal head coach Blaine Heathcock that the big lineman was a pleasure to work with both on and off the field.

Ford, who is 6-3, 215 pounds, is expected to get a look at linebacker in addition to defensive end. He has been clocked at under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

As a senior he made 18 quarterback sacks for St. Clair County High in Odenville and also was in on 40 solo stops with 38 assists.

"He is the type of athlete you're looking for," St. Clair County head coach Charlie Boren says "He's an outstanding player and he is very athletic."

Ford and Travis will be joining a group of other 2009 signees who have already started Auburn summer classes or are about to begin them. That group of early arrivals includes wide receiver DeAngleo Benton, wide receiver Emory Blake, quarterback Robert Cooper, defensive lineman Nosa Eguae, linebacker Jonathan Evans, defensive lineman Nick Fairley, linebacker Harris Gaston, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, quarterback Clint Moseley, quarterback Tyrik Rollison, wide receiver Travante Stallworth and offensive lineman Andre Harris as me

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