Monday, September 3, 2007

Auburn lands two commitments

AUBURN – Some Auburn fans didn’t like what they saw in the Tigers’ season-opening victory over Kansas State, but two recruits did.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard wide receiver Harry Adams and Miami Archbishop Carroll athlete George Baker announced Monday intentions to sign with Auburn in February of next year.
Both players were among five official visitors at Auburn’s 23-13 victory Saturday night.
Baker (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) is rated the No. 34 athlete in the country by He chose Auburns over offers from LSU, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Rutgers, among others. He was also receiving heavy interest from Florida and Miami, according to AuburnSports.comAs a junior, he had 50 tackles on defense while rushing for 1,010 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. He is being recruited as a cornerback.Adams (6-foot, 175) chose Auburn over offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Minnesota, North Carolina and Rutgers, among others. He said he still plans to visit other schools, but calls his commitment to Auburn "strong." He had planned to wait until signing day to announce.
Auburn has sought a receiver who can stretch a defense, and Adams won the Florida Class 6A 100-meter dash title as a sophomore in 10.2 seconds. He ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at an Auburn camp in 2006. ranks Adams as the No. 71 wide receiver prospect.
Auburn has 11 oral commitments for the 2008 class. The Tigers have 17 seniors, 13 of which are scholarship players.

INJURY REPORT: Starting middle linebacker Tray Blackmon (ankle) did not dress out for practice Monday. He was wearing a protective boot on his left ankle but showed no visible limp.
"I plan on playing Saturday," Blackmon said, referring to Auburn's home game Saturday against South Florida. "It's just a sprain. I sprained it as soon as I intercepted it."
Kicker Wes Byrum (ankle) had a protective boot on his right (kicking) foot again Monday and did not practice.
Starting free safety Aairon Savage dressed out for practice, but rode a stationary bike. His left ankle was heavily wrapped, and he walked with a limp.
Kickoff returner and backup cornerback Patrick Lee (neck) did not dress out Monday, and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hamstring) did practice.
Reserve wide receiver Montez Billings (hamstring) also rode a stationary bike.

ENVELOPE, PLEASE: Defensive end Quentin Groves has been named the Southeastern Conference's Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Groves had five tackles, three for losses, including two sacks and forced a fumble Saturday. With Auburn leading 16-13 lead with just more than a minute left, Groves sacked Wildcat quarterback Josh Freeman, causing a fumble which Antonio Coleman returned 34 yards for a touchdown.
Groves, who was named to preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Hendricks Award, now has 25 career sacks and is just one sack shy of tying the Auburn career record held by Gerald Robinson (1982-85).
It marks the third time Groves has been honored with an SEC weekly award. In 2006, Groves was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after collecting three quarterback sacks during Auburn's 27-17 victory over Florida, and was the league's Defensive Lineman of the Week after finishing with two sacks and two forced fumbles in Auburn's 22-15 victory at Alabama.
--- Joe Medley

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