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Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

Auburn football recruiting: New year brings in three more commitments

All-Star games benefit Tigers

- abitter@ledger-enquirer.com
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AUBURN, Ala. -- It will be a quiet recruiting weekend on the Plains, but it’s the calm before the storm.

Auburn has no official visitors today, but, according to AuburnUndercover.com, plans to bring in recruits the weekend of Jan. 21-23, when the school will celebrate its BCS national title at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

With less than three weeks until signing day Feb. 2, the Tigers are gaining steam. They have added three commitments in the new year, getting a boost during the postseason high school all-star games.

A pair of four-star recruits, Troup County athlete Quan Bray and Miami defensive back Robensen Therezie, committed Jan. 5 during the Under Armour All-America Football Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Three days later, five-star Russellville, Ala., linebacker/running back Brent Calloway, the top-ranked recruit in the state, switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn, citing a desire to play running back in college.

That gives Auburn 17 commitments for 2011. The SEC allows schools to sign as many as 28 players per year. They can admit 25 in August, but teams cannot exceed the 85-scholarship limit set by the NCAA.

The Tigers are scheduled to have official visits next weekend by four-star Jacksonville, Fla., running back Andrew Buie and three-star Moultrie, Ga., offensive lineman Xzavier Ward, according to AuburnSports.com. Buie is ranked as the No. 4 running back in the country by Rivals.

Carver teammates, running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive tackle Gabe Wright, are expected to make official visits Jan. 28-30 to Auburn. Wright, the No. 10 defensive tackle in the country, has had Auburn as his leader for a while.

Auburn remains in the running for several uncommitted players who have made official visits, according to AuburnSports.com. That group includes: running back Savon Huggins (Jersey City, N.J.), running back Tre Mason (Lake Worth, Fla.), tight end Brandon Fulse (Fort Meade, Fla.), linebacker/defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler (Mobile, Ala.), defensive end Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga.), cornerback Marcus Roberson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and defensive back Erique Florence (Valley, Ala.).

All but Sigler are ranked as four-star recruits by Rivals.

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