The top talent at Auburn

The final camp at Auburn took place this past Saturday and they had a lot of talent on their practice fields. Some was well known and some wasn't, check out this notebook to find out who shined the brightest.

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Auburn identified two wide receivers that they wanted and they got them at the end of the day. Sammie Coates and Jaylon Denson both were impressive Saturday and the end of the day, they were offered by the Tigers.

Both wideouts have somewhat flown under the radar, but they showed at the camp that they could play at a very high level. Coates is a burner with great down field speed while Denson is a big target that is more physical and better in traffic.

These two are the reasons colleges have camps each summer. Auburn knew a little about them, but not enough to offer them before Saturday, but after watching them compete and make plays on their practice fields, it was easy for them to see both could play in the SEC.

Top Five Campers

It is tough to make a top five list out of all the talent that was on the AU practice fields. There could be a top 20 list, but the five that made this list were:

Zeke Pike: This 2012 quarterback out of Kentucky has it all together. He is a big guy, but he has more of a compact release and a very strong arm. It comes out hot, he was on target most of the day, and it is easy to see that he will be one of the best in his class.

Mike Blakely: This running back with over 30 offers did not do any of the tests during the morning session, but he showed why he is a member of the Scout300 in the afternoon. He showed a good burst out of the backfield, he has linebackers in fear when he stepped to the front of the line, and he caught everything thrown his way.

Loucheiz Purifoy: Over the last month of so, this name has come up more and more and rightfully so. He made a very strong case for his fourth star in front of Scout on Saturday. He was very smooth coming out of back pedal, he closed on the ball well, and he showed solid ball skills also.

Danny Woodson: He continues to make a case for the top wide receiver spot in the state of Alabama. Marvin Shinn still holds that spot now, but Woodson just keeps making plays in front of the right people against the right type of competition. He made a couple of acrobatic catches, he adjusted to the ball well, he ran good routes, and he really showed he could get jump balls.

Sammie Coates: This wideout was not near as known as Woodson before the camp, but probably created more buzz during it. Coates tested well, caught passes with the best of them, and made it difficult on corners trying to cover him. He is still a little light, but showed sticky hands and very good separation speed on Saturday.

Big-Time Observers

Sure, there was a lot of talent on the field Saturday, but there some top prospects observing from the sidelines too.

Justin Garrett is a top target for the Auburn Tigers in 2011 and the linebacker out of Tucker, Ga. traveled over to Auburn with a couple of his teammates and head coach. He had a nice meeting with Gene Chizik early in the day and he left saying Auburn was on the top of his list. He really likes Ted Roof and the mindset of the Auburn coaching staff.

Chris Casher is a 2012 athlete out of Mobile (AL) Faith Academy that was offered by Auburn over the weekend. The 6-foot-4, 215 pound junior received a lot of attention throughout the day. He is on track to be one of the best in Alabama next year and Auburn is currently in his top three with Alabama and Florida.

Auburn commitments were running around out there too and the one seen the most recruiting for the Tigers was Reese Dismukes. He is Auburn all the way and he was telling others to join him there. Jabrian Niles was there too and he looks the part, but he was much more quiet and reserved than Dismukes.

Auburn had an Elite QB on Campus

Zeke Pike has already been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Texas A&M. The Tigers made sure he knew he was a target of theirs after the camp and about any school that saw him throw on Saturday likely would have done the same thing.

Pike measured in a 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and that may sound big, but he showed solid mobility during quarterback drills and when taking his drops. He has a big league arm and that was easy for anyone to see, but he had very good control of the ball as well. The ball came out of his hand with ease and he was impressed by Auburn.

"It feels like family there at Auburn," said Pike. "It is easy to speak with the coaches, they make you feel like family, and I felt like I had a bunch of dads when I was there."

He doesn't have a list of favorites yet, but he said Auburn was high on his list and that he felt they would be up there for a long time.

Florida Corner Impressed

Coates went from two to three stars, Uneik Crumbley went from not rated to three stars, and Scout is in the process of getting Denson rated, but could Loucheiz Purifoy make the biggest jump of them all?

He is pushing four-star status after a hot summer. The respect is more important than the ranking for him though.

"I hurt my ankle last year and missed some games, so I think I have kind of been flying under the radar," said Purifoy. "Florida, Auburn, Alabama, and some other schools have offered me here lately, but they didn't really know about me last year."

"Now that I have hit a couple of camps, my name is getting out there and that is nice. I would love to be ranked, but being respected for my game is more important to me. I think the offers are helping me get that respect, but I still have to go out there and perform. Seeing stars by my name would be nice, but that is not everything to me."

Purifoy enjoyed the Auburn camp, he liked the Tiger coaches, and they are currently high on his board. Florida is looked at by Scout as the school to beat for this senior out of the Panhandle.

Youngsters at Auburn

Like most camps these days, Coach Chizik had a number of top underclassmen competing that Auburn appears to have strong interest in early on.

Of course Zeke Pike, Jarontay Jones, Geno Smith, and Ty Darlington are in that group because they already have offers, but what other underclassmen shined?

Joe Manley is one that received a lot of attention from Coach Grimes on the offensive line. Manley is a 6-foot-6, 305 pound offensive tackle out of Bowling Green, Ky.

Bennie Coney is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound quarterback out of Plant City, Fla. and he threw a good ball on Saturday. He has offers from Michigan, Purdue, and Texas Tech. He looks like he could fit into the Auburn system nicely.

Bracy Murray is a 2012 cornerback out of Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala. and is one to keep an eye on. He should draw a lot of looks this fall as college coaches recruit and evaluate his teammate Chris Casher.

A defensive end that was there to watch is Torrie Bell out of John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La. He is a solid 6-foot-7, and close to 300 pounds. He needs to work on his mobility, but he has the size that will cause schools to take a look at him immediately.

Jafar Mann had a strong showing at defensive tackle. He is a 6-foot-3, 280 pound junior out of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson that has an offer from Tennessee. He has really improved his strength and played better on the DL this summer than he last fall.

D.J. White is a true corner out of McDonough (GA) Union Grove and he ran two 40 yard dashes in less than 4.5 seconds. He took that speed to the field and covered some very talented and bigger wideouts well.

An in-state quarterback to watch is K.D. Humphries out of Montgomery (AL) Lanier. He continued to have a strong summer and he has put his name on many radars over the past few months. He has a quick release, good footwork, and an above average arm.

Sleepers to Watch

Plenty of big names were at Auburn and a lot of the prospects there have been receiving a lot of publicity, but a handful that performed well have still been sliding under the radar.

Here are four that caught Scout's attention this past weekend.

Deiontrez Mount, a defensive end out of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and he has been committed to Louisville since Aprils, but he still has his eyes open. He has some nice offers, but he has still flown under the radar. He was very impressive off the edge. He measured in over 6-feet 5-inches tall and slightly over 200 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in the low 4.6s twice at Auburn.

Uneik Crumbley is a powerful interior offensive lineman out of Americus, Ga. and he was a dominant lineman at Auburn. He looks just like he plays, very strong and physical. He moves better than expected and he seemed to draw a good amount of attention from Coach Grimes. Crumbley has no offers yet, but that should change.

Alex Barr is a big offensive tackle that is all about potential. He is 6-foot-7, 282 pounds right now and he still needs to improve his footwork and add strength, but he is a very intelligent student-athlete that could make a difference a few years from now. He has the length and smarts you look for in a tackle. No offers yet for Barr.

Quenton Bundrage is an athlete out of Bradenton, Fla. who is starting to pick up some momentum in recruiting. He has been in the shadow of Ace Sanders the last two years and it is his turn to shine now at Manatee. Bundrage is a good wide receiver that had a strong showing at Auburn. Sammy Coates and Danny Woodson kind of stole the spotlight on Saturday, but don't forget about this one.


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