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Monday, January 31, 2011

Highly-ranked cornerback Marcus Roberson commits to Auburn; Tigers up to 23 commitments

Two days before National Signing Day, Auburn added a commitment from one of the top cornerbacks in the country.

Marcus Roberson, a four-star recruit Rivals ranks as the No. 2 cornerback nationally, became the Tigers' 23rd commitment for 2011, announcing his intentions to sign with Auburn on his Facebook page.

"I (committed) to Auburn," he wrote. "(I) appreciate every school for recruiting me and (I) think all of them (are) great places."

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Roberson is from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.

He is ranked as the No. 2 cornerback nationally by Rivals and the No. 37 player overall. Scout lists him as the No. 4 safety in the country, while ESPN has him at No. 9.

Roberson committed earlier this month to Texas Tech, where his uncle, Otis Mounds, is a defensive graduate assistant.

But he maintained his commitment was open. With offers from Florida, Georgia and USC, among others, he chose Auburn, which he had visited in September.

He is the fourth defensive back to commit to the Tigers for 2011. Jonathan Rose of Leeds, Ala., is already enrolled in school. Anthony Swain of Gadsden, Ala., and Robenson Therezie of Miami, Fla., are also defensive backs who intend to sign with Auburn. Rose and Roberson are expected to play corner, while Swain and Therezie will begin at safety.

With Roberson's commitment, the Tigers' 23-member class is ranked third nationally by Scout, sixth by Rivals and eighth by ESPN.

Auburn can sign up to 28 players on Wednesday but can enroll only 25 in August.

Two four-star players announcing on signing day — Columbus tackle Gabe Wright and Valley, Ala., safety Erique Florence — are considered to be strong Auburn leans.

Roberson is Auburn's 23rd commitment for 2011. Teams can sign up to 28 on National Signing Day and enroll 25 in August.

Here's an updated list (rankings are by Rivals):
  • Angelo Blackson, DL, 6-5, 289, 3-star, Bear, Del. (Red Lion Christian Academy)
  • Quan Bray, ATH, 5-11, 178, 4-star, LaGrange, Ga. (Troup County High)
  • Brent Calloway, RB/LB, 6-1, 210, 4-star, Russellville, Ala. (Russellville High)
  • Sammie Coates, WR, 6-3, 170, 3-star, Leroy, Ala. (Leroy High)
  • Jaylon Denson, WR, 6-3, 190, 4-star, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover High)
  • Reese Dismukes, C, 6-3, 272, 4-star, Spanish Fort, Ala. (Spanish Fort High)
  • Kiehl Frazier, QB, 6-3, 215, 4-star, Springdale, Ark. (Shiloh Christian)
  • Kris Frost, LB, 6-3, 210, 5-star, Matthews, N.C. (Butler High)
  • Brandon Fulse, TE, 6-4, 247, 4-star, Fort Meade, Fla. (Fort Meade High)
  • Justin Garrett, OLB, 6-2, 185, 3-star, Tucker, Ga. (Tucker High)
  • Keymiya Harrell, DE, 6-5, 235, 3-star, Plantersville, Ala. (Dallas County High)
  • Chris Landrum, LB, 6-2, 215, 3-star, Sweet Water, Ala. (Sweet Water High)
  • Tre Mason, RB, 5-10, 190, 4-star, Lake Worth, Fla. (Park Vista High)
  • JaBrian Niles, DE, 6-2, 270, 3-star, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson High)
  • Thomas O'Reilly, OL, 6-3, 315, 3-star, Marietta, Ga. (Pope High)
  • Greg Robinson, OL, 6-5, 296, 4-star, Thibodaux, La. (Thibodaux High)
  • Marcus Robersson, CB, 6-1, 170, 4-star, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
  • Jonathan Rose, CB, 6-2, 170, 4-star, Leeds, Ala. (Leeds High)
  • Devaunte Sigler, DE, 6-4, 250, 3-star, Mobile, Ala. (B.C. Rain High)
  • Anthony Swain, S, 6-3, 215, 3-star, Gadsden, Ala. (Gadsden City High)
  • Robenson Therezie, DB, 5-10, 180, 4-star, Miami, Fla. (Jackson High)
  • C.J. Uzomah, TE/HB, 6-5, 230, 3-star, Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett High)
  • Christian Westerman, OL, 6-5, 290, 4-star, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton High)


Anonymous said...

Andy, what's the plan to get all these guys into AU. In the past under TT amd TB we always had a bunch of non-qualifiers and most of the time we ended up short on the number of players allowed as GC learned when he arrived. None of the current recruits is shown as a possible non-qualifier so what happens?

Andy Bitter said...

Not sure exactly what the plan is. Auburn also might have to account for Shon Coleman, who could count against this year's numbers.

There are always non-qualifiers, even if it might not seem so right now. And you never know who might not follow up on a commitment come Wednesday.

MikeP said...

Each of the past two years this staff has signed 27. That seems to be the plan again, not counting Shon Coleman.

Normally there is a player or two that don't qualify, sign a pro baseball contract or for whatever reason don't enroll in August.

My guess is that two of the current guys that are committed have been told they might have to wait until January (greyshirt) to join the team. This would be a "just in case" for the unlikely event that all 27 signees are eligible.

This is shaping up as one INCREDIBLE class! Hats off to the Auburn coaching staff.

Anonymous said...

Andy...regarding the non-qualifiers, you are probably right though in some years past it was noted in the bios whether they had the grades. But, I notice in the ESPN 100 there is not a single player identified as questionable which of course is impossible. That said, most of our recruits seem to be reasonably sharp based on interviews, etc.