Auburn signees

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February 6, 2008 

Auburn's signing date is complete. The following list signed today, Feb. 6.

Name: Darvin Adams High school: Harrison High, Kennesaw, Ga. Ht./Wt.: 6-2/181 Position: Wide receiver How many stars: Three You need to know: Adams is ranked the No. 48 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals and is among the top 50 prospects in Georgia. . . . He fractured his left arm while trying to make a catch in an all-star game. . . . Had 15 touchdown receptions and five rushing touchdowns as a junior. . . . Had 66 catches for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. . . . Also collected 106 tackles and two interceptions during senior season. . . . Honorable Mention Class AAAAA All-State team as a senior. . . . Selected to play in Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Darvin Adams is an excellent outside receiver. He’s got height and speed and should be very good in this offense.”

Name: Harry Adams High school: Dillard High, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 6-0/175 Position: Wide receiver How many stars: Three You need to know: Adams is ranked No. 56 at his position by Rivals and is No. 52 among the top 100 Florida prospects. . . . Adams is a speedster and ran a 10.3 in the 100 meters, breaking a state record. Has a vertical leap of 31 inches and runs a 4.3 40 meters. . . . … Had seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. . . . Scored eight touchdowns as a junior and had three return scores. . . . Ranked No. 50 nationally among wide receivers by Scout.com. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Harry is probably the most versatile athlete that we signed. He could be a kick returner, punt returner, could also play receiver and also play some defensive back. He has outstanding speed as evident by the fact that he’s run a 10.3 100 meters.”

Name: Ken Adams High school: Enterprise (Ala.) High Ht./Wt.: 6-4/217 Position: Tight end How many stars: Two You need to know: Adams is not ranked at his position by Rivals. . . . Grabbed 11 catches for 225 yards as a senior. . . . Also played as a pass-rushing defensive end on third-down situations, totaling 21 tackles including four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry and a pass breakup. . . . As a junior, caught eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff game against Foley. . . . Ranked No. 63 nationally among tight ends by Scout.com. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Ken is a big kid that can run. He’s very athletic for someone his size and he has great hands.”

Name: Da'Shaun Barnes High school: Lincoln High, Tallahassee, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 6-1/215 Position: Linebacker How many stars: Three You need to know: Barnes was ranked 30th at his position last year and originally committed to Tennessee, but couldn’t enroll after not passing his high school exit exams. He did pass them and then came to the Plains in December and enrolled in classes in January. … He can play safety or linebacker, but the Tigers project him as a linebacker. . . . As a senior in 2006, recorded 71 tackles with seven tackles for loss, three and a half sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one pass break-up. . . . . On offense as a senior, caught six passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Dashaun comes from the tradition-rich Tallahassee Lincoln program. He’s got great quickness and speed and is very strong. He will play outside linebacker but could possibly grow up to an inside linebacker.”

Name: T'Sharvan Bell High school: Osceola High, Kissimmee, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 6-0/169 Position: Defensive back How many stars: Four You need to know: Bell is listed as an “athlete” but will probably be utilized as a cornerback at Auburn. . . . He's listed as the No. 30 athlete in the nation by Rivals and is No. 47 on the Florida list. . . . Bell is coming off a knee injury that he is still rehabbing. . . . Passed for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. . . . Carried 47 times for 606 yards (12.9 average) and seven touchdowns. . . . . Recorded 17 total touchdowns along with seven interceptions defensively, including two for touchdowns. . . . Class 5A first team all-state, all-Central Florida and all-Oceola County selection as a senior. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “T’Sharvan played quarterback in high school, and is one of the best players in the state of Florida. He will play cornerback and is a player that reminds me a lot of Carlos Rogers.”

Name: Drew Cole High school: Picayune (Miss.) High Ht./Wt.: 6-0/180 Position: Defensive back How many stars: Three You need to know: Cole is ranked No. 63 nationally at his position by Rivals. . . . His older brother, Mit, played football at LSU. His father also played collegiately. Cole has a 34-inch vertical leap. . . . Cole had 60 tackles, 16 pass break ups and four interceptions as a senior while also rushing for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. . . . Named to the Class 4A All-State First Team. . . . Named to the All-State second team by the Clarion-Ledger. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Drew Cole comes from an athletic family, as his brother played at LSU. Drew is an all-around athlete who could play safety or cornerback.”

Name: Dax Dellenbach High school: North Broward High, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 6-1/220 Position: Offensive line/snapper How many stars: Two You need to know: Dellenbach is a long snapper, which is why the Tigers have signed him. . . . He chose Auburn over Wisconsin. . . . His father, Jeff, played at Wisconsin and had a 15-year NFL career. . . . Had 18 catches for 176 yards at tight end and had 70 tackles, including 36 solo, eight tackles for loss and seven sacks as a defensive end. . . . Named to the Class 3A-1A All-State Second Team as a tight end by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. . . . Second-team All-Broward Country as a defensive lineman by the Miami Herald. . . . Ranked as the 19th-best long snapper in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Dax comes from a family that has been in football a long time. His dad, Jeff, played in the NFL for many years. The only thing Dax will do for us is be a long snapper, and he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen in high school. He’s very fundamentally sound, and you can tell his father’s brought him along and done a great job with him.”

Name: DeRon Furr High school: Carver High, Columbus, Ga. Ht./Wt.: 6-3/212 Position: Quarterback How many stars: Four You need to know: Furr enrolled at Auburn in January and will participate in spring practices. . . . Furr earned the Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year honors, passing for 1,567 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 742 yards and 15 touchdowns. . . . He is first-team All-State selection by Georgia Sports Writers Association as a senior. . . . Led team to its first state championship as a senior and semifinals as a junior. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “DeRon led his team to a state championship as quarterback for Carver. He has an opportunity to be a great quarterback in the spread offense. He’s big and strong and can run and throw.”

Name: Raven Gray High school: Enterprise (Ala.) High/Copiah Lincoln C.C. Ht./Wt.: 6-4/260 Position: Defensive end How many stars: Five You need to know: Gray enrolled at Auburn in January. . . . Gray signed with Auburn in 2006, but did not qualify, so he went to Copiah Lincoln C.C. in Wesson, Miss. . . . He underwent surgery on his MCL midway through last season and will not participate in spring practice. Gray runs a 4.6 40. . . . . Was ranked by Rivals as the No. 3 junior college prospect. . . . Selected All-State and All-Region his freshman season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. In 2007, earned NJCAA Pre-Season 1st Team All-America honors. . . . No. 2 overall junior college prospect nationally by SuperPrep. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Raven is a junior college transfer that we signed two years ago. He was the top junior college player in the country and at 6-5, 263-pounds, he’ll be a big asset to our defensive line.”

Name: Cameron Henderson High school: Shades Valley High, Birmingham, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 6-5/240 Position: Defensive end How many stars: Four You need to know: Rated as the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the nation and the No. 13 prospect in the state of Alabama. . . . Flirted with Tennessee late in the recruiting process. . . . Had 90 tackles including 10 sacks as a senior. . . . Recorded 45 tackles and six sacks as a junior. . . . Named to All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar. . . . Ranked 17th best player in Alabama by SuperPrep. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Cameron is a tall, rangy defensive lineman, who will play defensive end. He has a great first step and is an excellent pass rusher.”

Name: D'Antoine Hood High school: Central High, Phenix City, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 5-9/185 Position: Defensive back How many stars: Three You need to know: Hood wasn't well known or highly regarded until a solid showing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. . . . He is rated No. 34 among Alabama prospects and No. 61 as a cornerback. . . . He's regarded as a sleeper. . . . Had 36 tackles and an interception. Hood also averaged 26.7 yards per return and had two return touchdowns. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “D’Antoine is the cousin of former Auburn standout Roderick Hood. He is fast, quick, and very good in man coverage as a corner. He will play nickel and dime for us while he learns the position.”

Name: Reggie Hunt High school: Daphne (Ala.) High Ht./Wt.: 5-10/180 Position: Running back How many stars: Three You need to know: Hunt is ranked No. 19 nationally for all-purpose backs. . . . He's ranked 19th also in the Alabama rankings. . . . Rushed for 1,000 yards as a junior. . . . Recorded approximately 1,300 yards of total offense as a senior. . . . A high ankle sprain suffered early during the season hampered him throughout the year. . . . Selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. . . . Ran 72 times for 1,009 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior for the Trojans. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Reggie is one of the quickest running backs that we saw on film during the year. He has excellent football skills and can really catch and run with the football.”

Name: Marcus Jemison High school: McAdory High, McCalla, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 6-2/190 Position: Athlete How many stars: Three You need to know: Jemison is ranked No. 36 among athletes nationally and No. 21 among Alabama's top prospects. . . . Jemison played quarterback in high school, but will project as a defensive back in college. . . . Named Class 5A all-state as a senior. . . . Had seven touchdowns rushing, three passing as a junior. . . . . Also had six interceptions during junior season. . . . Named to All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Marcus is a defensive back that plays safety and has very good range. He has a knack for being around the football. His high school coach says he’s one of the hardest hitters he’s ever seen.”

Name: Jermaine Johnson High school: St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Hargrave Military Ht./Wt.: 6-6/309 Position: Offensive line How many stars: Five You need to know: Johnson, an offensive tackle, was named as the No. 2 prep school prospect, regardless of position. Johnson originally committed to Auburn out of high school, but did not qualify. . . . In high school Johnson was rated No. 1 Prep School offensive lineman by Rivals.com. . . . Only played football as a senior, spending his first three years of high school as a basketball standout. . . . Ranked 94th in the Florida Top 100 by Rivals.com. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Jermaine is probably one of the better offensive linemen that we’ve signed in the long line of guys we’ve signed on the offensive line. He comes from a very good high school system at St. Thomas Aquinas and will have an excellent opportunity to start his first year.”

Name: Neiko Lipscomb High school: Tucker (Ga.) High Ht./Wt.: 6-2/175 Position: Defensive back How many stars: Three You need to know: Ranked No. 35 nationally by Rivals at his position. . . . Ranked No. 28 among Georgia’s top prospects. . . . Chose Auburn over Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Michigan State. . . . Had 64 tackles including six tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, three interceptions and forced a fumble as a senior . . . . Named an Under Armour All-America as a senior … Registered 18 sacks as a junior. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Neiko is a tall, rangy defensive back that can play cornerback or safety, and has lots of speed.”

Name: Derrick Lykes High school: Chilton County High, Clanton, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 6-4/275 Position: Defensive end How many stars: Two You need to know: Lykes is not rated at his position after missing his senior season because of an injury, playing in just two games. . . . He will definitely be a project player for the Tigers. . . . He was possibly overlooked by other schools because of the injury. . . . As a junior, totaled 75 tackles including eight sacks, forced three fumbles and returned two for touchdowns. . . . Also caught two touchdown passes as a tight end during his junior season. . . . Rated 100th defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Derrick is a big, strong defensive lineman that will have a chance to play end or tackle. He’s very athletic and he kind of reminds me of former Auburn offensive lineman Ben Grubbs.”

Name: Onterrio McCalebb High school: Meade (Fla.) High Ht./Wt.: 5-10/154 Position: Running back How many stars: Four You need to know: McCalebb is rated 13th nationally among all-purpose backs and is No. 39 among Florida prospects. . . . He runs a 4.4 40 meters. McCalebb rushed 168 times for 1,890 yards (11.3 avg.) and 20 touchdowns as a senior, caught 11 passes for nearly 300 yards and two more touchdowns and added a pair of touchdowns on kickoff returns. . . . As a junior, rushed for 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. . . . Also had 500 yards receiving and six touchdowns. . . . Named to All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Onterio is extremely quick and fast. He is one of the better athletes that I saw on film during the 2007 season.”

Name: Philip Pierre-Louis High school: St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 5-10/175 Position: Wide receiver How many stars: Three You need to know: Pierre-Louis is smart and speedy and will be a solid addition to the Tigers. . . . He is considered the No. 54 athlete in the country by Rivals and is No. 79 on the top Florida players’ list. . . . Had 586 yards receiving and five touchdowns, and added more than 800 return yards on kickoffs and punt returns. . . . Class 5A first-team all-state selection. . . . Helped St. Thomas Aquinas win the Florida 5A State Championship. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Phillip will be an outside receiver in the spread offense. He is very good at carrying the football from the backfield position and also has great hands.”

Name: Spencer Pybus High school: Northview High, Dothan, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 6-2/215 Position: Linebacker How many stars: Two You need to know: Pybus was a late offer by the Tigers. . . . He had a standout senior season to jump on the radar of some schools. . . . He recorded 146 tackles, including six for a loss and three interceptions, two of which he returned for a touchdown. . . . He is not rated by Rivals. . . . Two-year starter at Northview, leading team to its first winning since since 1999 as a senior. . . . Named Class 6A Honorable Mention all-state as both a senior and a junior by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Spencer has the potential to be a very good player at Auburn. He has a great work ethic, outstanding strength and speed and will fit in well with our linebacker corp.”

Name: Jomarcus Savage High school: J.O. Johnson High, Huntsville, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 6-2/260 Position: Defensive end How many stars: Three You need to know: Savage is ranked No. 48 nationally among defensive tackles. . . . He's rated as the No. 28 prospect in Alabama. . . . Savage can squat 510 pounds and has a 30-inch vertical leap. . . . He's been timed at 4.6 in the 40 meters. . . . Savaged tallied 76 tackles, including 24 for a loss and 12 sacks as a senior. . . . Played in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game as a senior. . . . Had 79 tackles, including nine quarterback sacks as a junior. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Jomarcus is one of the top defensive linemen in the south, who will end up being a 300-pounder that has great quickness.”

Name: Eric Smith High school: Armwood High, Seffner, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 5-10/239 Position: Running back How many stars: Three You need to know: Smith is actually listed as a fullback –– and is rated the No. 4 fullback nationally by Rivals. . . . He carries a load at 239 pounds. . . . He's No. 76 on the Top 100 Florida prospects list. . . . Rushed for 1,253 yards and 14 touchdowns on 172 attempts as a senior while helping Armwood HS to a 13-1 mark. . . . Also had 15 receptions for 288 yards. . . . Named Class 4A third-team All-State as a senior. . . . Had seven 100-yard rushing games during final season. . . . Missed most of junior season with a fractured left elbow. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Eric is very similar to former Tiger running back Rudi Johnson. He’s a real quick type of running back that runs very well both inside and outside.”

Name: Vance Smith High school: Pace (Fla.) High Ht./Wt.: 6-4/235 Position: Tight end How many stars: Three You need to know: Smith is ranked No. 43 nationally among tight ends. . . . Had 10 receptions and 130 receiving yards with two TD catches as a senior. . . . On defensive side of ball had 23 tackles and three sacks. . . . Named to the Class 4A all-state third team as a defensive lineman as a senior. . . . Caught 11 passes for 162 yards with three touchdowns as a junior. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Vance comes from an Auburn family and loves Auburn. His dad is the defensive coordinator at his high school, so he has very good football knowledge. He has a great opportunity to be an outstanding tight end in this offense.”

Name: Christian Thompson High school: St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 6-1/195 Position: Defensive back How many stars: Three You need to know: Thompson is rated No. 60 nationally among safeties and is ranked No. 97 in the Florida Top 100 list. . . . Thompson chose Auburn over Mississippi State. . . . Had 76 tackles, including 14 for a loss, as a senior. . . . Also had one sack, one interception and a fumble recovery. . . . Named Class 5A second-team all-state as a senior. . . . Helped St. Thomas Aquinas to Florida 5A State title. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Christian is a safety that played on a state championship team at St. Thomas Aquinas. He was the leader of their defense and their offense. He’s very athletic, and a very skilled football player.”

Name: Chris Todd High school: Elizabethtown (Ky.) High/Hutchinson CC Ht./Wt.: 6-2/220 Position: Quarterback How many stars: Three You need to know: Todd spent two years at Texas Tech, including one as a redshirt, before transferring to Hutchinson Community College. . . . At Texas Tech in 2006, he completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 percent) for 241 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. . . . Todd passed for more than 10,000 yards in high school. . . . At Hutchinson, Todd completed 104 of 212 passes for 968 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Chris has run the spread offense all of his life and understands it. He has a great arm and I’m looking forward to having him.”

Name: Barrett Trotter High school: Briarwood Christian, Birmingham, Ala. Ht./Wt.: 6-2/193 Position: Quarterback How many stars: Three You need to know: Barrett led his team to the state football finals. . . . He's not rated nationally at his position. . . . He will likely redshirt this fall. . . . Passed for 3,469 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior against just eight interceptions. . . . Passed for about 8,000 yards in his school career. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Barrett is probably the best quarterback that we saw running the spread offense consistently. He can throw or run and has the opportunity to continue running the spread offense and we’re excited about it.”

Name: Andre Wadley High school: Hernando (Miss.) High Ht./Wt.: 6-2/245 Position: Defensive end How many stars: Three You need to know: Ranked No. 48 nationally among strongside defensive ends. . . . Rated No. 21 in the Mississippi Top 25. . . . Finished with 120 tackles and seven sacks as a senior. . . . Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior. . . . Selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game as a senior. . . . The No. 27 defensive end nationally by Scouts, Inc. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Andre is the top defensive lineman in the state of Mississippi, who reminds us of a little bit bigger Quentin Groves. He’ll play that position – linebacker/defensive end. He’s a very athletic player.”

Name: Derek Winter High school: Plant High, Tampa, Fla. Ht./Wt.: 6-0/178 Position: Wide receiver How many stars: Two You need to know: Winter is not ranked at his position by Rivals. . . . He had a huge senior season, however, catching 75 passes for 1,686 yards and 18 touchdowns. . . . Caught 192 passes during his high school career for almost 4,000 yards and 44 touchdowns. . . . Finished his senior season with 75 catches for over 1,668 yards and 18 touchdowns. . . . Named to the Class 4A All-State First Team by the Florida Sports Writers Association. . . . Tommy Tuberville said: “Derek caught over 150 passes combined his junior and senior year with 40-plus touchdowns. He’s very productive with great hands. He’ll play both inside and outside receiver and we’re excited to have him, plus he’s a 4.0 student.”

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