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Monday, February 8, 2010

Trooper Taylor, Curtis Luper honored by Rivals as two of top recruiters in the country

Rivals.com has released its Top 25 recruiters from last season, and Auburn assistants Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper made the list. Click here for the whole thing:

Luper doesn't come as a surprise. He was the recruiting coordinator for an Auburn class that ranked in the top-five on pretty much every national list.

But Taylor, who was kept off the road for four months as a reprimand for "Big Cat Weekend" kind of shocked me. It seems like that restriction would have prevented him from being a candidate for this list, but he still had a pretty big impact (over the phone, it would seem) on many of these recruits. The fact that he helped land Shon Coleman in May and Corey Lemonier in January and February didn't hurt his cause either.

King of surprised not to see Tommy Thigpen on the list. He seemed to be the point man for many of Auburn's recruits.

Anyway, here's what Rivals had to say about Trooper and Luper:
  • Trooper: Taylor had a big year for the Tigers. He went to Mississippi and landed five-star offensive line prospect Shon Coleman. Taylor went to Louisiana to sign four-star athlete Trovon Reed. Taylor helped Auburn get a big one on Signing Day with four-star defensive end Corey Lemonier. Taylor also got three from Georgia: four-star wide receiver Antonio Goodwin , three-star defensive back Demetruce McNeal and athlete Shaun Kitchens. Four-star defensive end Joel Bonomolo is a junior college transfer from California. Taylor also landed a big in-state commitment in four-star wide receiver Jeremy Richardson. Seven of Taylor's eight prospects were from out of state.
  • Luper: Buzz: Luper landed two five-star prospects for the Tigers: junior college QB Cameron Newton and RB prospect Michael Dyer from Arkansas. He also helped the Tigers with Louisiana four-star athlete Trovon Reed. Three-star offensive tackle Ed Christian was also Luper's responsibility. Luper was also the primary mastermind behind "Tiger Prowl" and "Big Cat Weekend." Those two recruiting events helped create a great buzz for Auburn.

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