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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Signing Day redux: How did Auburn fare?

It was a hectic signing day that isn't quite over. How did Auburn fare? Well, it depends on what happens with offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. With him, the Tigers have perhaps the best class in the country. Without him, they drop a few spots. Take a look:

Scout rank with Kouandjio: 1 --> without: 2
ESPN rank with Kouandjio: 2 --> without: 3
Rivals rank with Kouandjio: 3 --> without: 7

Either way, Auburn did pretty well for itself. If you missed any particular player's signing, look to the right for a list of links to each player.

Here are the rest of today's newspaper stories summing up the day, with a Gabe Wright story by Chris White, who was on the scene in Columbus:

Signees: 24
Starters lost: 7 offense, 7 defense, 2 special teams
Top needs: Offensive line, defensive line, secondary, quarterback, running back

Immediate impact players
Gabe Wright, Carver High, Columbus, Ga., DT, 6-3, 273
Auburn lost Lombardi winner Nick Fairley to the NFL draft and seniors Zach Clayton and Mike Blanc to graduation, so there’s room on the depth chart.

Reese Dismukes, Spanish Fort (Ala.) High, C, 6-4, 287
With three-year starter Ryan Pugh departing, Auburn is in need of a center. Dismukes enrolled in January to get a head start on the job.

Jonathan Rose, Leeds (Ala.) High, CB, 6-2, 170
Another early enrollee, Rose is a big, physical corner who could step in at a position that doesn’t have a lot of depth now that Demond Washington is gone.

Tre Mason, Park Vista High, Lake Worth, Fla., RB, 5-10, 190
After Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb, there aren’t a lot of running back options. Mason is a play-maker who can be a physical runner too, just like Auburn likes.

Robenson Therezie, Jackson High, Miami, Fla., DB, 5-10, 180
Erique Florence is the higher-ranked safety, but he played quarterback his senior year of high school. Therezie is a hard-hitter who is versatile enough to play cornerback too.
Rest of class
Angelo Blackson, Red Lion Christian Academy, Bear, Del., DT, 6-5, 290
Quan Bray, Troup County High, LaGrange, Ga., ATH/RB, 5-11, 178
Sammie Coates, Leroy (Ala.) High, WR, 6-3, 170
Jaylon Denson, Hoover (Ala.) High, WR, 6-3, 190
Erique Florence, Valley (Ala.) High, S, 6-2, 181
Kiehl Frazier, Shiloh Christian, Springdale, Ark., QB, 6-3, 215
Kris Frost, Butler High, Matthews, N.C., LB, 6-3, 210
Brandon Fulse, Fort Meade (Fla.) High, TE, 6-4, 247
Justin Garrett, Tucker (Ga.) High, OLB, 6-2, 185
Keymiya Harrell, Dallas County High, Plantersville, Ala., DE, 6-5, 235
Chris Landrum, Sweet Water (Ala.) High, LB, 6-2, 215
Jabrian Niles, Davidson High, Mobile, Ala., DE, 6-2, 270
Thomas O’Reilly, Pope High, Marietta, Ga., OL, 6-3, 313
Greg Robinson, Thibodaux (La.) High, OL, 6-5, 296
Devaunte Sigler, B.C. Rain High, Mobile, Ala., DE, 6-4, 250
Anthony Swain, Gadsden City (Ala.) High, S, 6-3, 215
C.J. Uzomah, TE/HB, North Gwinnett High, Suwanee, Ga., 6-5, 230
Christian Westerman, Hamilton High, Chandler, Ariz., OL, 6-5, 288
Jermaine Whitehead, Amanda Elzy High, Greenwood, Miss., 6-0, 183
Breakdown by state:
Alabama 10
Georgia 5
Florida 3
Arkansas 1
Arizona 1
Delaware 1
Louisiana 1
Mississippi 1
North Carolina 1
Star ratings (according to Rivals):
Five star: 1
Four star: 13
Three star: 10


Johnny Smith said...

Auburn signed another top five recruiting class, and another highly rated class of OL recruits, with or without Cyrus Kouandjio. If Auburn eventually signs him, it'll just be icing on the cake.

Anonymous said...

Will Ladarious Phillips still be in the backfield next year?

Anonymous said...

Everyone discounts L. Phillips at RB next year except me. L. Phillips will make a huge impact next year at RB and expect him and Dyer to tear up some fields with lots of yardage next year. If you think Cam could get those extra yards when needed then you haven't seen nothing yet when it comes to L. Phillips!