Auburn Camp Notebook

Auburn, Ala. - Over 200 prospects were on Auburn's campus Sunday June 12 and some of the best are featured in this camp notebook.

The Freak Feels Good at Auburn

Jordan Jenkins is the top rated prospect in the state of Georgia and spent Sunday at Auburn. The defensive end checked in at 6-feet 2-inches tall with his shoes off and he weighed 242 pounds.

He did not participate in the camp because the Auburn coaches had already seen enough. The Tigers are in Jenkins final group and he likes the feeling he has when on their campus.

"I have always liked it at Auburn," Jenkins said. "The coaches are easy to talk to and I just feel good when I am at Auburn."

Feeling good will be a big part of his decision.

"The biggest thing for me will be relationships and who I feel the best with. I have a strong relationship with the six schools I am considering and that is key for me."

On Sunday, Ted Roof spent a lot of time with Jenkins as did Mike Pelton. Gene Chizik got some one on one time with the four-star defensive end out of Hamilton (GA) Harris County as well.

That is big considering Jenkins is really starting to focus on specific schools.

"I am pretty sure I will be picking my school from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Tennessee. I do not have time to build relationships with other coaches, so it is pretty much down to those schools."

Jenkins went on to say that he does not see himself committing before he takes his five official visits and that he is thinking about committing at the Under Armour All-American game in January.

Yeldon Spotted on The Plains

Daphne, Ala. running back T.J. Yeldon did not have an Auburn Camp T-Shirt on and he did not make a big splash on the practice fields at the camp, but he was walking the sideline, and paying close attention to the Auburn coaches.

Yeldon told Scout that he has a top five at this time and those schools are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and Oregon.

The 6-foot-1, 200 athlete has a teammate (Ryan Anderson) committed to the Crimson Tide, but the word on the Auburn campus was that the Tigers may be the leader for his services.

Yeldon would not confirm that.

"I don't have a leader or anything right now," he said. "I like all of the schools in my top five and I am not sure when I will be ready to commit. You never know when it could happen."

It is likely that the number 16 rated running back in the country will make his decision before the 2011 season begins.

Mitchell Goes All Out

Javiere Mitchell is a 6-foot-1, 197 pound linebacker out of Leeds, Ala. that entered the Auburn Camp with an offer, but that did not slow him down.

Mitchell did all that hundreds of other prospects without Auburn offers did on Saturday and he did not disappoint although he felt he could have done better.

"I think I did pretty good, but there is always room for improvement. I learned some things today and I know I will be better after this camp." Mitchell said as the camp was rounding up Sunday evening.

Mitchell is hard on himself because Scout was impressed.

He was very smooth throughout the drills, he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.54 seconds on a non-friendly surface, and he showed he could turn and run with the wideouts in camp. There was a buzz around the camp all afternoon about him due to the fact that has has played defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, and other positions on the high school level.

Auburn appears to be in as good of shape as anyone else if not better. He is not ready to name a top five although he does plan to make his decision before the end of the summer.

It was obvious that Mitchell has a good relationship with the AU staff and that he feels very comfortable around them.

Alabama, Clemson, Memphis, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss have also offered.

2013 DL Impresses All

James Ellison is his name.

The junior checked into the Auburn Camp at 6-feet tall and 274 pounds. He showed very quick feet, nice change of direction, and a good first step off the ball Sunday.

He was arguably the most impressive prospect there and he was rewarded for his performance.

"Coach Chizik pulled me out of the 1on1s and told me he liked me and that he wanted me to call him after the camp," said Ellison. "We stopped to get something to eat on the way home, so I called him, and he offered me a scholarship."

Ellison was excited about that news.

"It feels good to get an offer from a school that just won the National Championship. I have been working hard and this offer just shows that my hard work is paying off."

The offer from the Tigers is offer number four. Ole Miss, Michigan, and South Carolina have also offered Ellison.

Auburn made a good impression, but as of now, all schools are even.

"I really like Auburn. I like the coaches, I like how they are close to home, and I like how everyone gets along there. They are a school I have interest in for sure, but I am staying open, and keeping all schools equal right now."

Ellison will likely camp at Georgia Tech this week and then at Alabama, Florida, and Georgia in July.

Ade Asuna is One to Watch

Not only is Ade Asuna a new name on the recruiting scene, but football is a new game to him.

The 6-foot-5, 224 pound junior out of Birmingham (AL) Central Park Christian School has never played a down of football, but it was obvious on Sunday that he has some athleticism and potential.

He grew up playing basketball and is now at a strong basketball school, but those things are about to change.

"I am going to be transferring to a new school this fall and I will be playing football this year too," said Asuna. "I am from Nigeria and basketball has always been my sport, but I am ready to try out football. I have a lot to learn and I have never played before, but I like it."

It was impressive how this 2013 athlete picked up on things Sunday. He was very attentive, he was learning the drills on the fly, and he showed good coordination.

Auburn's basketball program just signed two Central Park Christian School players in Willy Kouassi and Bernard Morana in 2011.

Could Asuna be a Tiger football target for 2013?

Stay tuned. Francis Kallon of Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett exploded onto the scene this spring and the 2012 prospect from London has never played a down of football, but was offered by over 10 schools in a three span before committing to Georgia Tech recently.

Asuna would love to be the next Kallon.

Two Whitaker's at Auburn Sunday

Auburn's sophomore defensive lineman Jeffrey Whitaker was out supporting his younger brother Brian Whitaker on Sunday.

Brian was at Auburn in 2010 a couple of times for the Auburn and MVP Camps and he returned in 2011.

"I think I have gotten a lot better since last year," said Whitaker who checked in at 6-foot-2, 206 pounds. "I have worked hard and I am ready for a breakout season in 2011."

He split time at defensive end with a senior at Westside High School in 2010 and Whitake feels now is his time to shine.

"It is my position now. I have waited, I have done what the coaches asked me to do, and I am ready to make plays. I will play some defensive end and linebacker this year, and I know I no choice but to have a big season."

The older brother continues to offer support and advice to help with the progress.

"I am very close to Jeff and I know he worked hard to get where he is, so I am trying to do the same. He just tells me to stay humble, keep training hard, and that everything will work out for me. I listen to everything he tells me because I know it will help me."

Auburn is one school showing Whitaker early interest and Alabama, Louisville, LSU, and Oregon are a few others. Whitaker does not have any offers at this time.

Quick Hitters

  • Marietta (GA) Lassiter wide receiver Charlie Hegedus had another strong showing at a camp. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.50 seconds twice and he caught each ball within reach during the one on one session. He is on the radar and the 6-foot-2, 187 pound wideout will be camping at Florida on Tuesday. North Carolina State is his most recent offer.

  • Rocky Hayes is an athlete that has started to make a name for himself. The Heflin (AL) Cleburne County athlete measured in a 5-foot-9.5 and 164 pounds Sunday and he worked out at cornerback. He looks a little more comfortable as a wide receiver, but has the body type of a corner. He has picked a few offers from Conference USA schools he said Sunday.

  • Phenix City (AL) Central quarterback Jonathan Wallace was impressive again. It seems each camp he attends in 2011, he walks away as the top quarterback. He threw a good ball Sunday, he threw it on time, and he was accurate. Auburn has not offered him, but he is definitely getting a strong look from the Tigers.

  • Kyron Samuels of Fairhope, Ala. looked like expected at this camp. He was very consistent in the 1on1s, he drew a lot of praise from Auburn coaches, and he one of the best true centers in the South.

  • 2013 OL Shamire DeVine has already picked up offers from Georgia and Kentucky and Auburn could offer soon. Jeff Grimes spent a lot of time with the 6-foot-6, 330 pound offensive lineman out of East Point (GA) Tri-Cities.

  • Buford, Ga. jumbo-athlete Nathan Staub had a good camp at Auburn. The 6-foot-2.5, 224 pound senior could play linebacker or fullback on the next level. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.77 seconds and he had a 32.5 inch vertical jump.

  • Homewood, Ala. defensive back Nyck Young caught Scout's attention Sunday. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.47 seconds at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He has good length, he has a nice burst, and he is someone to keep an eye on.

  • Earnest Robinson is a 2013 wide receiver out of Pinson Valley, Ala. that entered Sunday's camp with a Tiger offer. All signs point to Robinson picking an in-state school when he makes his decision. Both Alabama and Auburn have offered him and he told Scout Sunday that his parents want him to stay close to home.

  • A 2013 defensive lineman that was very successful in the 1on1s was Sean Spencer. He is a 6-foot-2, 231 pound defensive end out of Newnan (GA) Northgate that loves the tradition that Auburn has.

  • Wayne Gallman is a 2013 running back out of L0ganville (GA) Grayson that is claiming an offer from Auburn and Clemson. He checked in at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds Sunday at the Auburn Camp.

    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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