Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Here Come the Letters

First two in are from K Cody Parkey and WR Antonio Goodwin. Whoever had Parkey in the first-one-in pool wins.

Cody Parkey
Position: Kicker
Height, weight: 6-2, 195
School: Jupiter, FL
Notes: Three-star prospect is ranked as the No. 6 kicker in the nation… Previously considered to be the top kicker before a rough week at the UnderArmour All-American Game.

Antonio Goodwin
Position: WR
Height, weight: 6-2, 170
School: Atlanta, GA
Notes: Four-star receiver is ranked the No. 39 at his position… Might have briefly wavered in early December, but ultimately decided to stay with Auburn.

UPDATE: 7:24 a.m.
Steven Clark
Position: K
Height, weight: 6-5, 230
School: Park Hill HS; Kansas City, MO
Notes: Clark will be the only Missouri native on Auburn’s roster next year… He is rated as the No. 20 kicker in the country... Clark will be a punter at Auburn and could compete with Ryan Shoemaker for the starting job.

UPDATE: 7:36 a.m.
Jeremy Richardson
Position: WR
Height, weight: 6-4, 220
School: Springville
Notes: Had 36 catches or 554 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, but 61 catches for 1,228 yards and 18 scores as a junior. … Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

Kenneth Carter
Position: DT
Height, weight: 6-5, 267
School: Greenville
Notes: Chose Auburn over Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss… The Rivals four-star recruit is ranked as the 23rd defensive tackle and the No. 8 in-state prospect in Alabama.

Update: 7:44 a.m.
Eric Mack
Position: Offensive line
Height, weight: 6-4, 315
School: St. Matthews, SC
Notes: Former South Carolina commit switched his allegiance to Auburn in late January… Mack, a four-star recruit, is the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation and the 10th-best prospect in South Carolina... Mack should provide immediate depth along the offensive line.

Jonathon Mincy
Position: Defensive back
Height, weight: 5-10, 175
School: Decatur, Ga.
Notes: Three-star cornerback runs a 4.4 40… Chose Auburn in late June… Mincy is one of at least 10 players expected to sign with Auburn after visiting campus for Big Cat Weekend.

Update: 7:56 a.m.
Ed Christian
Position: OL
Height, weight: 6-5, 280
School: Valdosta, Ga.
Notes: Former Florida State commit is rated as a three-star offensive tackle… USC offered Christian a scholarship late in the process, but he said he plans to sign with Auburn.

Ladarious Phillips
Position: ATH
Height, weight: 6-1, 275
School: Handley
Notes: Phillips is one of the final commitments of Auburn's class. He received an offer from the Tigers late Tuesday night and made his decision quickly... Phillips played tailback and defensive tackle at Handley, but is expected to play more along the defensive line in college... Size will not be an issue for Phillips, nor will athleticism. He might not have been heavily recruited, but he was a standout at Handley and could contribute at Auburn.

Update: 8:39 a.m.
Ryan Smith
Position: Athlete
Height, weight: 6-2, 208
School: Cordova
Notes: Auburn turned Smith late after he had been committed to Kentucky since mid-October… Smith did not receive an offer until the Tigers officially withdrew a scholarship offer from D.J. Howard… The three-star recruit is projected to play safety at Auburn.

Demetruce McNeal
Position: Defensive back
Height, weight: 6-0, 176
School: Banneker HS; College Park, Ga.
Notes: McNeal is a high school teammate of Kitchens’… The three-star recruit is projected as a safety.

Shaun Kitchens
Position: Athlete
Height, weight: 6-3, 211
School: College Park, GA
Notes: Three-star athlete could play receiver or linebacker at the next level… One of six players expected to sign from Georgia… Became the second player to commit to Auburn when he did so in early April.

Shon Coleman
Position: OT
Height, weight: 6-7, 285
School: Olive Branch, Miss.
Notes: The five-star recruit gave Auburn a brief scare late in the process by taking visits to Miami and Alabama, but said all along he was 100 percent committed to Auburn… He was a high school teammate with current safety Daren Bates… Coleman should offer immediate depth along the offensive line... This is obviously huge news for Auburn, which held off a strong charge from Alabama. Signing Corey Lemonier would probably all but clinch a top-5 finish for Auburn's class.

Update: 8:51 a.m.
Jeffrey Whitaker
Position: Defensive tackle
Height, weight: 6-3, 295
School: Warner Robins, Ga.
Notes: Four-star defensive tackle selected Auburn over Miami and in-state Georgia… Whitaker is considered the No. 5 defensive tackle and the No. 5 prospect in Georgia.

Jawara White
Position: Linebacker
Height, weight: 6-2, 220
School: Charles Henderson HS; Troy
Notes: Was a Birmingham News Super Senior and a selection for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic… Tallied 65 tackles, 40 solo, one interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Update: 9:14 a.m.
Michael Dyer
Position: RB
Height, weight: 5-8, 201
School: Little Rock Christian, AR
Notes: Arguably the biggest jewel in Auburn’s recruiting class, Dyer is considered the second-best tailback in the nation. He is also the No. 1 prospect in Arkansas… The five-star recruit runs a 4.4.

Update: 9:19 a.m.
Dakota Mosley
Position: TE
Height, weight: 6-4, 252
School: Little Rock, Ark.
Notes: Potential gray-shirt made his decision in late November… The three-star prospect attended high school with Dyer. He is considered the No. 11 recruit in Arkansas.

Update: 9:26 a.m.
Chris Davis
Position: ATH
Height, weight: 5-11, 175
School: Birmingham
Notes: Three-star athlete is expected to play defensive back – probably cornerback – at Auburn… Davis committed to Auburn within the first week of receiving the offer.

Update: 9:37 a.m.
Justin Delaine
Position: DE
Height, weight: 6-5, 225
School: Linden
Notes: Three-star defensive end runs a 4.58 40-yard dash… Grades could be an issue for Delaine.

Update: 10:05 a.m.
LaDarius Owens
Position: Linebacker
Height, weight: 6-2, 225
School: Bessemer
Notes: Four-star linebacker is the highest rated in-state product Auburn is expected to sign today… He is the No. 4 prospect in Alabama… One of three top 11 prospects in Alabama expected to sign with the Tigers.

Update: 10:59 a.m.
Jake Holland
Position: LB
Height, weight: 6-1, 228
School: Pelham
Notes: Four-star linebacker runs a 4.58 in the 40. Holland saw his stock rise after a strong performance in the UnderArmour All-American Game… Rated as the No. 8 linebacker prospect and the No. 10 prospect in Alabama… First player to commit to Auburn.

Update: 11:07 a.m.
Ryan White
Position: Athlete
Height, weight: 6-0, 185
School: Tallahassee, FL
Notes: Honorable mention all-state quarterback after accounting for more than 2,200 yards of total offense… Will likely play either defensive back or wide receiver.

Chad Slade
Position: Offensive line
Height, weight: 6-6, 316
School: Moody
Notes: One of at least three offensive linemen expected to sign with Auburn today… Rated as a three-star offensive tackle.

Update: 11:52 a.m.
Corey Lemonier (Committed, not signed officially yet)
Position: DE
Height, weight: 6-5, 223
School: Hialeah, Fla.
Notes: The No. 3 defensive end doubles as the No. 4 prospect in Florida… The four-star recruit is rated as the No. 35 prospect in the nation… He was the last big commitment for Auburn this year, choosing the Tigers live on national television on ESPNU.

Update: 12:28 p.m.
Tunde Fariyike
Position: C
Height, weight: 6-3, 295
School: Upson Lee in Thomaston, Ga.
Notes: Late commit could push to become Auburn’s backup center as early as this year… Rated as a two-star recruit.

Update: 12:52 p.m.
Trovon Reed
Position: Athlete
Height, weight: 6-0, 173
School: Thibodaux, LA
Notes: In-state product chose Auburn despite heavy in-state pressure to sign with LSU… The four-star recruit is expected to play receiver at the next level and is ranked in Rivals’ top 100 prospects.

Update: 1:44 p.m.
Joel Bonomolo
Position: Defensive end
Height, weight: 6-3, 245
School: Fullerton, CA
Notes: Junior college defensive end has two more seasons of eligibility. He will not be enrolled at Auburn until the summer… Had rotator cuff surgery in November but is expected to be fully healthy… Rated by as a four-star prospect.

Be sure to check in throughout the day.

Update: 10:19 a.m.
Former Auburn commit D.J. Howard has signed with Clemson. Howard was going to be an athlete at Auburn, but was considered a safety prospect by the coaching staff. He will play tailback at Clemson.

The Bonomolo signing wraps up the day and a consensus top-5 signing class. We'll talk to Gene Chizik in 15 minutes and get comments.

Enough can't be said about the job Chizik and his staff did this year. Not only did Auburn land an unbelievable class, the Tigers addressed every need they had. Auburn fans should feel good today about where the program is headed.

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