Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Saturday's Win Over Tide Turns Into Recruiting Bonanza For Auburn

Saturday is turning out to be more than just a big win for the Tigers. Its total domination of Alabama appears to be paying dividends in the recruiting department. Auburn picked up several commitments over the weekend and others who visited have now added the Tigers to the top of their list. Here's a great update from

Auburn's 28-18 victory against rival Alabama this weekend paid off big in terms of offensive and defensive line recruiting, which is key if you are going to stay strong at the line of scrimmage and compete at the highest level in the Southeastern Conference.

Some of these prospects may not see the field right away, but several years down the line could develop into the difference between winning and losing the huge games that Auburn has made a habit of playing in (and mostly winning) the last two seasons.

Mike Berry could be the next lineman to commit to Auburn. The Tigers impressed a lot of solid prospects and appear to be on their way to having a good shot at maintaining their current No. 6 national ranking in the team recruiting rankings and challenging for top class honors in the SEC.

At the end of last week, multiple sources stated that Columbus (Ohio) Franklin Heights offensive lineman Lee Tilley was going to announce a verbal commitment to LSU on Monday. But after visiting Auburn officially this weekend, Tilley made a verbal commitment to the Tigers on Rivals Radio Monday morning."It was a great fit," the four-star rated Tilley said. "It was a small city that has big-time football. I really got along with the players, and it was just a wonderful setting."

Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy offensive guard Mike Berry was on campus. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder continues to favor the Tigers and could make a verbal commitment to Auburn sometime in the near future. Berry had a very good senior year and is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the state of Tennessee.

Lovejoy (Ga.) lineman Byron Isom figures to play on the offensive side of the ball should he choose Auburn. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder was blown away by his visit and given the fact that his teammate, running back Mario Fannin already has committed to Auburn, you have to like the Tigers' chances.

Along the defensive line, Augusta (Ga.) Josey end/tackle Lawrence Marsh didn't have Auburn under heavy consideration until the weekend. His visit vaulted the Tigers into his top three, along with Florida and Georgia. With the Bulldogs almost out of scholarships, Auburn could be in it until the end for the services of the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder.

The Tigers made up some ground for Leighton (Ala.) Colbert County defensive tackle Jermarcus Ricks. The 6-foot-3, 288-pounder says that Auburn and Alabama, which had previously led for his services, are now even. Ricks' family ties could play a factor. His brother, Courtney Harden is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Tigers. Alabama will get an official visit from the Rivals 250 prospect the weekend of Dec. 9.

Louisville (Ky.) Central defensive tackle Corey Peters said he was "blown away" by the visit. But, the nation's No. 25 defensive tackle prospect says that the Tigers are "even" with in-state Kentucky, where he visits the weekend of Dec. 16 and says that distance from home "could" play a factor. He also will visit Auburn officially at a later date.

Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson defensive end Jermaine Cunningham enjoyed his visit, but appears to still be open. Still, one has to believe that he visited Auburn on the right weekend for the Tigers to be in great shape.

Story By: JC Shurburtt,

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