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Read all the way to the bottom… all about Harris! Au is in it!

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Wednesday brought another opportunity for wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney to make another pitch for Clemson in-person with Gadsden (AL) Gadsden City linebacker Jerrell Harris.

“Dabo and their whole defensive staff was at the school today,” Gadsden City assistant coach and close Harris adviser Ali Smith told in an evening interview. “They were by for an hour and a half.”

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Jerrell Harris has remained silent as of late on where he’ll announce on National Signing Day. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, USC and Tennessee are in the hunt.

Clemson was one of the first schools to offer the 6-foot-2, 220-pound four-star recipient who has been atop the Tigers’ recruiting board at his position from the onset.

“They gave Jerrell a great plan and message,” Smith said. “That’s a really good program, and coach Vic (Koenning) and the other defensive guys did a great job. Coach (Chris) Rumph made his pitch, too.”

Rumph, who coaches the defensive line for the Tigers, did have some time with Harris over the summer.

“Jerrell had an opportunity to work with him over the summer in some manner at the (Tommy Bowden) camp,” Smith said.

Harris’ cousin, senior wide receiver La’Donte Harris, signed with Clemson in 2004. La’Donte served as Harris’ player-host on the January 11-13 official visit.

“They’re pretty good buddies,” Smith added. “Jerrell knows he’d have somebody up there to lean on, but I don’t think that’s involved in the decision at all.”

Smith said several elements for Clemson have been strong points for the blue-chip backer.

“He likes the family atmosphere there, how it’s family-oriented,” said the assistant coach. “Coach Bowden is a straight forward man and they have a good recruiting class coming in.”

Swinney, the recruiter of record, also has made a very positive impression on the Rivals100 pick.

“Jerrell really believes in Dabo Swinney, as do all of our players,” Smith mentioned. “I think this is why it’s going to be a hard decision for him.”

Though Harris has not communicated with the media as of late, Smith weighed in on the star backer’s current impressions of several other finalists.

Auburn “They’re right there in the mix. Coach (Terry) Price and coach (James) Willis have as good a relationship with Jerrell as anyone. That’s why it would be hard for him to tell them no. They’ve been around him more than anybody. Those two are as big a fans of Jerrell as anyone who has been recruiting him for more than two years.”

Tennessee “They are right there in the mix, too. Everybody in the nation knows coach (John) Chavis is a heck of a defensive coach, and Jerrell understands that.”

USC “He came back from there star-struck. He was impressed with their linebackers and tradition, their numerous Lombardi trophy winners, and a chance to win the national championship. They’re loaded most places, but not at linebacker. Coach (Ken) Norton Jr. was here today.”

Alabama ” Jerrell, just in my opinion, just likes the way coach (Nick) Saban and all the coaches who are recruiting him for Alabama plan to help him accomplish his goals. Coach Saban has laid out a good plan for him, as far as the way he plays and fits in their system.”

Smith said some significant points of interest for Harris in the decision process will revolve around getting a degree and networking that after football, plus a program that provides a chance to win.

Asked about proximity, Smith replied, “He loves his mom and is going to make sure she’s comfortable, and she is with all five of his choices. A lot of people don’t think she’ll let him go all the way to USC, but I don’t think that’s the case.”

Harris’ close friend, four-star offensive tackle Antoine McClain of Anniston (AL), has been in contact recently. The two have expressed some interest in playing together on the next level.

“They talk daily, and he comes over to Gadsden a lot,” Smith said of McClain. “They do want to play together and wanted to do their press conferences together, but the two head coaches thought it would be better that they announced with their teammates, since both places have multiple kids signing that day.”

McClain is down to Clemson and Tennessee. He visited Clemson the same weekend Harris saw the Tigers up close and in person. The 6-foot-6, 317-pounder tripped to Tennessee on January 18.

Harris, who is not indicating a favorite, will make his decision known at a 2 PM news conference on February 6, National Signing Day.

“He’s going to have five hats, maybe only two or three, but probably five. He’ll have Dabo’s hat in there, I know that,” Smith said. “He wouldn’t put that one out. He’ll have one in there for coach Price, too.”

Harris is billed by as the No. 3 outside backer recruit in the nation. He is fourth-best in the state of Alabama overall regardless of position, and 34th nationally.

*The Hot Board* Updated as of 1/30 @ 12:30

Wednesday from one of its top defensive targets, Huntsville (Ala.) J.O. Johnson’s Jomarcus Savage. Check below on The Hot Board to find out who we think could be getting close to joining 27 others in the Tigers’ 08 class. The Hot Board lists the prospects that have committed to Auburn at each position, the top targets we believe are still left on the Tigers’ board, and the percentage we think Auburn has to land the prospect on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Auburn will add three quarterbacks to the roster in 2008.
Deron Furr 5.8 Yes Columbus, Ga. AU VERBAL -


Enrolled at AU

Barrett Trotter 5.5 Yes Birmingham, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Chris Todd 5.5 Yes Elizabethtown, Ky. AU SIGNEE 12/14


Enrolled at AU

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: None

Committed to Another School: Star Jackson

Hunt and Smith are solid. McCalebb is still taking looks/visits to other schools, while Auburn fights to get Davis back.
Onterrio McCalebb 5.8 Yes Fort Meade, Fla. AU VERBAL 9/8


Still looks good

Reggie Hunt 5.7 Yes Daphne, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Eric Smith 5.7 Yes Seffner, Fla. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Enrique Davis 6.1 Yes Lynn Haven, Fla. list 11/23


Tubs visiting soon

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: None

Committed to Another School: Carlton Thomas, Brandon Barnes, Embry Peeples, Mark Barron

Two trips left to Byrd including one to childhood favorite Miami.
Jarmon Fortson 6.0 Yes Columbus, Ga. AU VERBAL 1/11


Still considering FSU

Darvin Adams 5.7 Yes Kennesaw, Ga. AU VERBAL 1/18


Solid to Auburn

Harry Adams 5.7 Yes Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AU VERBAL 9/1


Solid to Auburn

Damion Allen 5.6 Yes Orlando, Fla. AU VERBAL -


Enrolled in JUCO

Philip Pierre-Louis 5.7 Yes Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Laron Byrd 5.7 Yes Boutte, La. list 1/11


Will UM offer?

Derek Winter 5.4 No Tampa, Fla. list 1/18


Will AU offer?

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: Alonzo Lawrence, DeAndre Brown, Julio Jones, Martavious Odoms

Committed to Another School: Joshue Jarboe, Deion Walker, A.J. Green, Travis Benjamin, Carl Moore, Thearon Collier, Destin Hood, Damion Dixon

Auburn appears done at the TE spot.
Vance Smith 5.5 Yes Pace, Fla. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Ken Adams 5.4 Yes Enterprise, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/18


Solid to Auburn

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: None

Committed to Another School: Tyler Edwards, Bryce Ros

With McClain apparently no longer an option for Auburn, the Tigers could be done here. Dellenbach listed with the OL, but projects as deep snapper on special teams.
Jermaine Johnson 6.0 Yes Chatham, Va. AU VERBAL 12/14


Solid to Auburn

Dax Dellenbach NR NR Yes Fort Lauderdale, Fla. list 1/18


Snapper could decide soon

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: Antoine McClain

Committed to Another School: J.B. Shugarts, Barrett Jones, T.J. Barnes, A.J. Harmon, Brandon Washington

Auburn added Smooth Friday and Savage Wednesday.
Raven Gray 6.1 Yes Wesson, Miss. AU SIGNEE 10/5


Enrolled at AU

Cameron Henderson 5.8 Yes Birmingham, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/18


AU looks good

Charles Deas 6.0 Yes New Berlin, NY. AU VERBAL 12/14


Solid to Auburn

Freddie Smooth 5.7 Yes Baton Rouge, La. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Jomarcus Savage 5.6 Yes Huntsville, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/11


Newest commit

Derrick Lykes 5.2 Yes Clanton, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/18


Solid to Auburn

Andre Wadley 5.5 Yes Hernando, Miss. list 11/23


AU looking good

Robert Quinn 5.8 Yes North Charleston, S.C. list 1/11


AU or NC?

Marcel Dareus 5.5 No Huffman, Ala. list 1/25


Strong Bama lean

Jorge Wright NR NR No Miami, Fla. list 1/18


No AU offer

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: William Green, Omar Hunter, Glenn Harbin, Tevita Finau

Committed to Another School: Keith Wells, Toby Jackson, DeAngelo Tyson, Templeton Hardy, Cordian Hagans

Is it Harris or nobody for Auburn at LB?
Jerrell Harris 6.0 Yes Gadsden, Ala. list 1/18


Top LB recruit

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: Lerentee McCray

Committed to Another School: Chase Thomas, Courtney Upshaw, Devonta Bolton, Jeremy Longo, Nigel Bradham, Marcus Robinson, Jordan Futch

Is Thompson it at DB? Could be.
T’Sharvan Bell 5.8 Yes Seminole, Fla. AU VERBAL 1/25


Solid to Auburn

George Baker 5.7 Yes Miami, Fla. AU VERBAL 9/1


Not done yet

Marcus Jemison 5.7 Yes McCalla, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

Christian Thompson 5.6 Yes Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AU VERBAL 1/11


AU looks good

Drew Cole 5.5 Yes Picayune, Miss. AU VERBAL 1/11


Solid to Auburn

D’Antoine Hood 5.5 Yes Phenix City, Ala. AU VERBAL 1/18


Solid to Auburn

Neiko Lipscomb 5.7 Yes Tucker, Ga. list 1/18


Will AU have room?

Other Offers With Less Than 15% Chance: T.J. Bryant, Brandon Harris

Committed to Another School: Blair Irvin, Janoris Jenkins, Dee Finley, Burton Scott, Jeremy Brown, Karnell Hatcher, Terrance Parks, Patrick Johnson, Ahmed Shakoor

D-lineman to be a tiger!

source: Rivials 

For Jomarcus Savage the decision was quite simple.

It wasn’t about playing time, or distance from home or even which school had the best facilities.

Savage will sign with Auburn.

When it came down to choosing between Auburn and Tennessee, Savage went with his heart.

“Auburn just felt right,” said Savage. “There’s just no better way to put it than that.”

Savage made the official announcement Wednesday morning at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Ala., following a heated recruiting battle between the Tigers and Vols.

Savage visited Auburn Jan. 11 but said he reached his decision a couple of days after returning home from his Tennessee visit Jan. 18. He cancelled a visit to South Carolina Jan. 24.

Auburn recruited Savage as a buck linebacker, which would allow him to line up as a defensive end in AU’s base 4-3 scheme and as an outside linebacker in the 3-4.

His decision gives Auburn 27 total commitments for the 2008 class and more importantly, five potential defensive line commits, always a high priority in any Auburn class.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Savage said he runs a 4.6 40-yard dash and has a 325-pound bench press, 510-pound squat and 30-inch vertical leap.

Savage had a big senior season tallying 76 tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks.

Savage will sign with Auburn on National Signing Day, Feb. 6.

Derek Winter = BAIT

If you guys remember…Auburn has been recruiting this guy Derek Winter.


You can read more about him HERE. Well…i wasnt to impressed. He’s only a 2 star WR on  6-foot-0, 178-pound. Basically there are better, faster, stronger WR’s out there we could be scooping. Can anyone hollar at Julio for me??? But word is Franklin is taking a trip to visit Winter this week. So whats the deal? Is he really all that? This here is what made me realize that Tuberville and co. are smart recruiters. If you do a little research on and look in the High school Winter is coming from (Plant High School)…this is what you find: 4 star Aaron Murray. They are trying to scoop winter to BAIT murray to sign with AU in 09′. Genius.

Offers from across the country are pouring in for Tampa Plant quarterback Aaron Murray, who set the state single-season record for touchdowns with 51 this year. Georgia, Auburn, Boston College, Tennessee, Stanford and many more have gotten involved.

Still, one team that hasn’t offered yet remains at or near the top for the 6-foot-1, 198-pound recruit who is rated as the No. 45 prospect in the top 100 of 2009. That’s the Florida Gators.

Murray is one of the top junior quarterbacks in the country.

“They’re my top team,” Murray said. “They’re definitely top two or three. I love the coaching staff. Coach (Urban) Meyer is a great guy. I’ve gone to a couple practices. I’ve known coach (Dan) Mullen from the end of my freshman year when I went to camp and worked with him and talked with him. I feel real comfortable there. I’ve been able to talk with some of the players and get a feel.”

Murray had a record-breaking season in his first year as a starter at Plant, which advanced to the class 4A state quarterfinals before losing to Seffner Armwood, 36-7.

He completed 201 of 329 passes (61 percent) for 4,013 yards with 51 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His touchdown record bested former Plant quarterback Robert Marve‘s number. Marve redshirted this season at Miami.

Schools from all over the country are trying to get involved with Murray, who was spotted at a Florida practice in December. Ole Miss, Oregon State and South Florida were the first three schools to offer him.

South Carolina has recently gotten involved. He said Florida has not offered yet and he has been told the Gators are probably only going to take one quarterback in the 2009 class. Florida is already one of Murray’s top teams. If the Gators offered, it would give them a good chance of landing the Tampa standout.

“It’s a great place, a great atmosphere,” Murray said. “According to them, they’re looking for the quarterback they take in my year to start for two years and they’re going to look for the perfect person. Hopefully, we could work something out.

“Their offense is very similar to the offense we run at Plant. We have the option read, do a lot of passing. The offense is very similar and it would be nice to not worry about that much change. We spread them out and I think it’s the best chance to win and the best chance to be recruited.”

Murray also rushed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns on 98 carries this season. rates only three quarterbacks higher than him in the junior class. They are Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Matt Barkley, the No. 1 overall player, Sulphur Springs (Texas) recruit Tyrik Rollison and Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch’s Kevin Newsome.

Other top quarterback prospects who have mentioned Florida include Tom Savage, the MVP of the U.S. Army National Combine held recently in San Antonio, Tate Forcier, Garrett Gilbert and others. Murray said he’s thankful Plant runs an offense where he can utilize his skills and, in turn, get noticed by college coaches.

“It’s fun,” Murray said. “I can’t picture myself in an offense where I get back there and hand the ball off every time. No one can really compare to our offensive stats. Our receivers put up ridiculous numbers.

“It’s a fun offense. We put up 30, 40, 50 points. Our offense is exciting to watch and play in. It’s fast-paced and we spread the ball around. It’s a great offense and I’m glad I’m in it.”

Ole Miss QB recruit kicked off team for selling steroids

source: ESPN

JACKSON, Miss. — A quarterback who was to sign with Mississippi on Feb. 6 has been kicked off the team because of an arrest for selling steroids.

Jared Foster, of Madison, who played last season for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was enrolled in classes at Ole Miss and was informally working out with the team. He was scheduled to formally join the team on National Signing Day and would have been able to practice this spring. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reported Foster’s arrest Monday on its Web site. The school announced that Foster was off the team in a one-sentence release but did not say why. “It’s a shame,” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt told the Clarion-Ledger. “But we’re trying to build a football program and that’s stuff we can’t tolerate.” Foster was arrested in Oxford and charged with selling steroids after an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge told’s Mike Fish that that Foster was observed selling steroids to a “confidential informant” three months ago, before he left to enroll at Mississippi. Trowbridge said Foster was arrested in Oxford, about 150 miles north of Madison, and had bail set at $5,000 by a judge Tuesday. He said an indictment is expected to be sought against Foster when the county grand jury convenes next month. Trowbridge indicated the sale that led to Foster’s arrest did not involve any athletes. As for whether Foster may have peddled steroids at either his former junior college or Ole Miss, Trowbridge said, “I don’t know. I can’t tell you if he was selling it in any schools he went to.” The arrest wasn’t Foster’s first. He was charged with simple assault last year and pleaded guilty in Canton Municipal Court.

Nyko reveals cord-free adapter for Wii Nunchuck

Oh sure, one could argue (quite successfully, we might add) that Nyko’s Wireless Nunchuck was quite the blessing for those sick and tired of the factory tether, but what about all us chaps and dames who already purchased Nintendo’s version of the Nunchuck? Fret not, Wii faithful, as Nyko is coming to your rescue once more. The aptly-titled Cord-Free Adapter for Wii Nunchuck enables current wired Nunchuck owners to simply holster their peripherals, wind up the cord and enjoy all sorts of wireless freedom. Granted, we still feel that this February-bound accessory is priced a touch high at $19.99, but hey, it’s cheaper than buying an all new third-party ‘chuck, eh?

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