"A lot of the kids saw them and I hope that inspires them with this being our first day of spring football practice," Blackmon says.
The Auburn coaches who are hoping to hit as many high schools as possible on Wednesday. "We are going for 12 today," Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said as he got out of a limo at the Auburn-Opelika Airport and boarded a university Citation jet for a flight to Gadsden.
Auburn coaches Tommy Thigpen, Jeff Grimes and Trooper Taylor sign autographs Wednesday night.
Tiger coaches finished their Wednesday tour in Pelham with a meet and greet event with the fans at 6 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Music Center at 1000 Amphitheater Drive.
"It was good to see the coaches today," Blackmon says. "We have been fortunate that they come by every year to see us. They have a lot of energy and you can tell that they enjoy what they are doing."
Opelika High has regularly produced football prospects for many years now and many of the best ones have played at Auburn.
Cameron Hill, the younger brother of former Tiger standout Tez Doolittle, is a prospect to watch for 2012 as is Torey Agee, a defensive end who is the son of former Auburn running back and NFL player Tom Agee. Blackmon notes that college coaches have been stopping by and will continue to be coming by this spring to check on 2011 prospects Tyler Peppers, Caleb Lawrence and Darius Chapman.