SEC Recruiting Overview, Part 2

Continuing with our look back at the recruiting efforts of 2002, we examine the classes of Auburn and Florida.



Despite replacing two coordinators during the recruiting process, Auburn did well with its 2002 class. The Tigers did not see any real ripple effect from the Alabama sanctions – that might not come for another couple years.

Auburn loaded up on skill position players, an area of need coming off the 2001 season. Brandon Cox and Ben Obomanu had given serious consideration to LSU for a while.

The bulk of the Auburn recruiting effort is Alabama-based with little to no reach beyond the immediate region. Devon Aromashodu might be the lone exception.

Tommy Tuberville's decision to replace his coordinators didn't seem to have a big effect on the signing class. Obomanu was one player kind of left hanging when Auburn made the switch. Cox's commitment helped with the recruitment of other offensive standouts.


QB Brandon Cox

(6-2 190)

Trussville, Ala.

WR Benjamin Obomanu

(6-2 182)

Selma, Ala.

TE Justin Bruce

(6-9 250)

Lindale, Ga.

CB Montavis Pitts

(6-1 180)

Loachapoka, Ala.

DT Tommy Jackson

(6-1 285)

Opelika, Ala.

WR Devin Aromashodu

(6-2 185)

Miami Springs, Fla.

CB Brandon Williams

(6-1 195)

Columbus, Ga.

OL Timmy Duckworth

(6-4 295)

Taylorsville, Miss.

DE Doug Morris

(6-3 250)

Pensacola, Fla.

LB Kevis Burnan

(6-3 215)

Montezuma, GA

DE Forest Tucker

(6-4 235)

Hargrave Military Acad.

LB Kevin Sears

(6-4 220)

Russellville, Ala.

QB Will Herring

(6-3 202)

Opelika, Ala.

LB Tyrone Martin

(6-1 214)

Alexander City, Ala.

CB Kiribi Dede

(6-0 192)

Woodbridge, Va.

LB Greg Wilkerson

(6-3 229)

Bowdon, Ga.

WR Lee Guess

(5-11 175)

Trussville, Ala.

OL William Ward

(6-2 250)

Prattville, Ala.

DE Kyle Derozan

(6-4 225)

Morganza, La.

QB Wesley Hill

(6-3 215)

Cordele, Ga.

RB Tre Smith

(5-10 190)

Venice, Fla.

DE Ben Grubbs

(6-4 255)

Eclectic, Ala.

DE Brian Kuhn

(6-5 260)

Crescent City, Fla.

S Courtney Taylor

(6-3 185)

Carrollton, Ala.

S Cavari Dailey

(6-0 189)

Plantation, Fla.




Florida fared pretty well with its recruiting effort for 2002 when the loss of head coach Steve Spurrier is taken into account. While comparatively smaller than other SEC takes, the Gators' class has the quality to make up for the lack of numbers.

Quarterback Gavin Dickey was a major coup for new coach Ron Zook. Spurrier had Dickey nearly locked up before announcing his resignation, and Zook did a nice job reselling UF to the double-threat passer.

Zook also beat LSU head-to-head for a couple of prospects - Reggie Lewis and Nick Brooks. 

What will be interesting to watch is how much success Zook will have over the next two seasons. If the Gators' records are not up to the Spurrier standard (10 wins), it isn't unreasonable to think that it will be hard for Zook to recruit - especially in state.

RB Ciatrick Fason

(6-0 210)

Neptune Beach, Fla.

QB Gavin Dickey

(6-0 188)

Tallahassee, Fla.

RB DeShaun Wynn

(6-1 215)

Reading, Ohio

S Brian Crum

(6-3 210)

Kingsland, Ga.

OL Ryan Carter

(6-5 330)

Groveland, Fla.

LB Taurean Charles

(2-3 230)


WR Reggie Lewis

(6-0 186)

Jacksonville, Fla.

WR Jemalle Cornelius

(5-11 165)

Fort Meade, Fla.

OL Randy Hand

(6-6 295)

Estero, Fla.

DE Ray McDonald

(6-4 245)

Pahokee, Fla.

CB Nick Brooks

(6-1 180)

Warner Robins, Ga.

RB Jimtavis Walker

(5-10 201)

Statesboro, Ga.

WR Kenneth Tookes

(6-2 187)

Jacksonville, Fla.

CB Jermaine McCollum

(5-10 170)


WR Terrence Holmes

(6-0 185)

Glassboro, N.J.

WR Tremaine McCollum

(5-9 160)


DE Steven Harris

(6-4 220)

Coral Gables, Fla.

LB Channing Crowder

(6-2 225)


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