With nine players already on campus for the first summer session that started in May that makes 23 of Auburn's February signees who are getting a head start on classes and working out with their new teammates.
A talented offensive guard from Valdosta, Ga., Ed Christian is a physical lineman who should get his first look at one of the guard positions for the Tigers. In the same boat will be massive Chad Slade from Moody. At 6-6 and 320 pounds, Slade has the athleticism to play outside, but may get a look on the interior to begin his college career.
Another massive lineman, Eric Mack, is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation out of South Carolina. The 6-5, 330-pounder was an Under Armour All-American last year. Rounding out the potential offensive linemen is Tunde Fariyike from Thomaston, Ga. Athletic enough to play defense, he's destined to get his first look on offense for Auburn.
Eric Mack blocks during the Under Armour All-American Game last January in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Also in early for classes and workouts is a player who looks like an offensive lineman in the backfield, but has the agility and quickness to play running back. Ladarious Phillips from Handley High is a massive 6-0, 275-pounder who will get his first chance to play running back for the Tigers but may end up on defense down the road.
Speed on the perimeter is what Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn is looking for and this group has that as Antonio Goodwin and Shaun Kitchens should both be playmakers for the offense at wide receiver. Finishing off things on the offensive side of the ball is Under Armour All-American kicker Cody Parkey.
Defensively, this week brings a ton of talent as fellow Under Armour All-American Jake Holland arrives on campus from Pelham High. Expected to provide immediate depth in the middle, Holland is a big player to have coming in for the Tigers. Along with him at linebacker is athletic Jawara White from Charles Henderson High in Troy.
Jake Holland will be competing for playing time at middle linebacker this fall.
Another All-American defender, end Corey Lemonier from Florida's Hiealeah High, has also reported to campus. He could give the Tigers help at a major position of need in 2010. Lemonier kept Auburn's coaches on which college he was going to chose all the way to national signing day.
Corey Lemonier rushes the passer in the Under Armour All-American Game.
One of the biggest positions of need for the Tigers is cornerback because of a lack of depth. Three newcomers will have a chance to jump right into the rotation this fall as Chris Davis, Jonathon Mincy, and Ryan White all have the ability to play early for Auburn's defense.
Those 14 join earlier summer enrollees Kenneth Carter, Steven Clark, Justin Delaine, Michael Dyer, Dakota Mosley, LaDarius Owens, Trovon Reed, Ryan Smith and Jeffrey Whitaker who are already on the Auburn campus. Along with the five players in for spring practice--Cameron Newton, Brandon Mosley, Rozelle Gayden, Jessel Curry and Craig Sanders--Auburn has 28 newcomers on campus heading into their first fall for the Tigers.
In February, Auburn signed a total of 32 players with wide receiver Jeremy Richardson heading to junior college taking one off the list. Offensive tackle Shon Coleman is currently battling cancer and isn't expected to be at Auburn until 2011, trimming the list to 30. That leaves junior college defensive end Joel Bonomolo and safety Demetruce McNeal as the final two players awaiting word on enrolling at Auburn. If both are cleared this week in advance of Monday's classes that would give Auburn a full 25 players in for the class and would significantly help depth issues right away for the Tigers.