Jackie Claude

Jackie Claude names his final five.

Miami, Fla.--With starting seniors Monreko Crittenden and Mark Pera soon to be gone from the Auburn football team and with depth already a concern for the future, the offensive line is a definite priority for Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff for the 2004 recruiting class.

One of the players the Tigers are hoping to add to the roster for the coming years is big Jacky Claude from Edison High in Miami. A 6-4, 285-pounder with good feet and quickness off the ball, Claude says that most colleges are recruiting him to play tackle, but he feels like he can play inside if needed.

Claude got a start to his official recruiting trips when he took a visit to Raleigh last weekend to see the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The ACC team is once again hitting the south Florida area hard in recruiting season.

"It was pretty good," Claude tells Inside The Auburn Tigers when commenting on his trip to see the Wolfpack. "I liked the environment, the town, everything about the visit was good. That was my first visit. The next one is Jan. 9th at the University of South Florida. On the 16th I'm visiting Auburn, Florida State on Jan. 23 and Rutgers on the 30th."

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Jacky Claude

Being recruited for the Tigers by running backs Coach Eddie Gran, Claude says he's not familiar with Auburn other than by what he hears, reads and sees on television. A three-year starter, who hasn't given up a sack since his sophomore season, Claud had 35 pancake blocks as a senior. He says that he's looking forward to seeing what the Tigers are all about when he takes his visit.

"When Coach Gran came down here and talked to me he let me know a lot of stuff," Claude says. "He told me that the facilities are nice and the people in the town are nice. He told me the team chaplain (Chette Williams) was just a couple of doors down from him so if you need someone to talk to he's going to be there or the coaches are going to be there."

A visitor to Ohio State and Rutgers for football camps over the summer and also a Nike Camp participant, Claude had a chance to show what he could do on the field and schools took notice.

"Ohio State has recruited me," Claude says. "I also looked at Miami, Florida State, N.C. State, Auburn, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and a lot of other teams before narrowing my schools down. It's really down to the teams I'm visiting. I don't have a favorite at the moment."

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