Sunday, January 18, 2009

Busy Sunday morning

I got up early this morning to interview Auburn's weekend recruiting visitors.
Here are some of the highlights:
  • Auburn HS OL John Sullen switched his commitment from Southern Mississippi to Auburn. That's very good for a team that desperately needs offensive linemen. “War Eagle. Yes sir,” Sullen said when asked if he committed to Auburn. “They said I can come in and compete early. I was planning on competing anyway, so it’s great, to have a chance to play early as a starter in the SEC. So you really can’t beat it.”
  • Brantley RB Anthony Gulley said he plans to commit to Auburn after he visits Troy next weekend. Gulley would likely play slot receiver at Auburn.
  • reported that Auburn is "the team to beat" for DE Nosa Eguae. The Texas product apparently likes the idea of playing for Tracy Rocker.
  • The website also reported that four-star WR Emory Blake enjoyed his visit and will choose between Texas Tech, Auburn and Colorado. Blake told the website that the three teams are even right now.
  • LB Tana Patrick seemed happy with his visit, but not overwhelmed. He has not publicly declared a leader, but many believe Alabama is the team to beat. He will also visit USC and Miami and said Tennessee is another option.
  • DE Dee Ford seemed very happy with his commitment to Auburn. He even said he tried to recruit Eguae.
  • (EDIT:) DL DeQuinta Jones remains committed to Michigan, but seemed to enjoy his visit to the Plains. He will also visit Arkansas.
  • ATH Demond Williams said he remains committed to Ole Miss, but would consider Auburn until National Signing Day. Whatever that means...

Also of major note: Auburn has hired another coach. The University announced Sunday that Jeff Grimes would coach the offensive line. Grimes comes to Auburn from Colorado and has previously worked at BYU, Arizona State and Boise State.

“I’m very excited about coming to Auburn, working for coach Chizik and joining the tremendous staff that he has put together,” Grimes said. “As coaches, we are competitive and love challenges and I’m looking forward to coaching with, and against, some of the best players in the country. I can’t express enough, how excited I am about coming to Auburn right now at this time. I’m thrilled about the opportunity and excited to help build something great.”

Auburn now has one position available, likely a defensive backs coach.

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