Auburn Coaches Upbeat About Tiger Prowl 2

Auburn's second Tiger Prowl is keeping Auburn's football coaches busy as they criss-cross the state of Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper says he is excited about the reception the AU coaching staff is receiving on the road in year two of their Tiger Prowl.

"It's going great," Luper tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It is about 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

"The response has been phenomenal," he says. "There is some expectation and anticipation because of last year so that even helps. We get calls throughout the day asking, ‘When are you guys coming by?' We can only make it to so many schools. We got nine on Monday, which so far is the biggest day we have.

Curtis Luper models the back of his Tiger Prowl shirt.

"We are going to try to get 12 today," he adds. "This will be the busiest day because there are a myriad of schools we need to hit in the Birmingham area. At the end of the day it is a lot of fun because we get to spend time with the Auburn Family so that is really good.

"The event last night in Montgomery was great," he says. "The people were out and they were really excited. The people who came to the A-Day Game are the people who came out last night. We want to give back to those fans to let them we really appreciate them."

Tommy Thigpen, Auburn's safeties coach, says, "I am enjoying the Tiger Prowl. We have Auburn and Opelika high schools this morning and now we are on our way up to Birmingham area," he says. "It is going to be a full day of visiting schools.

Tommy Thigpen prepares to board an Auburn University Citation jet on Wednesday for a flight to the Gadsden area.

"The reception on where we have been so far has been excellent and last night the reception in Montgomery with the big RV was as good as I have ever seen," he says. "We had good fans who were supporting us who had a lot of enthusiasm."

The Tiger Prowl on Monday started in Baldwin County and finished the day in Mobile. On Tuesday the coaches left the state for the short trip from Auburn to visit Carver High in Columbus, Ga. That high school coached by former Auburn player Dell McGee features two of the top prospects in the South--defensive end Gabe Wright and running back Isaiah Crowell.

Trooper Taylor, Auburn's wide receivers coach and assistant head coach, carries his gear onto the plane on Wednesday after stopping by Opelika High and Auburn High.

A school almost in Georgia, Valley High, was also a Tuesday stop. The Rams feature one of the top prospects in the nation in safety Erique Florence.

Before finishing in Montgomery the coaches got as far west as Sweet Water High, a school that features talented junior prospect Chris Landrum.

On their west Alabama swing the coaches also stopped by Dallas County High where they are recruiting defensive lineman Keymiya Harrell.

Auburn coaches sign autographs on Wednesday evening in Pelham.

The Tiger Prowl will run through Thursday, a day the coaches will visit high schools in north Alabama and finish the day in Madison for their 6 p.m. meet and greet with Auburn fans.

One of the first stops of day three was at Opelika High School where the Auburn coaches pulled up in their limo and talked to head coach Brian Blackmon and his staff as well as teachers and school administrators. "It is always great to have those coaches stop by our school," Blackmon says. "They do a great job representing Auburn."

Trooper Taylor speaks to the crowd of Auburn fans in Pelham on Wedesday evening.


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