AUBURN, Ala. -- The days are dwindling until national signing day Feb. 2 and so are Auburn’s available scholarships after a flurry of commitments the past two days.
After running back Tre Mason and defensive end Devaunte Sigler committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, four-star tight end Brandon Fulse announced Thursday on ESPN that he too will sign with Auburn.
The 6-foot-4, 247-pound Fulse is Auburn’s 22nd commitment for 2011. Teams can sign as many as 28 players on signing day and admit 25 in August.
ESPN lists Fulse as the No. 5 tight end nationally. Rivals has him as the No. 10 tight end and No. 162 player overall. Scout ranks him as the No. 13 tight end.
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“When I went up there, it just felt like home, and I really felt comfortable around the coaches,” he said. “I come from a very small community. Auburn is kind of small. I really related to that.”
Fulse, who picked Auburn over Tennessee, North Carolina and Miami, is from Fort Meade, Fla. One of his former teammates is Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb.
“When I get up there, he can teach me the ropes and everything he’s done,” Fulse said.
Fulse had 43 receptions for 730 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year. He also had eight sacks on defense.
He is Auburn’s second tight end commitment for 2011, joining C.J. Uzomah of Suwanee, Ga. Uzomah, who played quarterback his final season of high school, is a versatile athlete who might play a variety of roles on offense.
The Tigers hope Fulse’s commitment is the start of a successful last recruiting weekend before signing day.
There are two big visitors coming to town -- Carver defensive tackle Gabe Wright and Hyattsville, Md., offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
The 6-foot-3, 283-pound Wright, whom ESPN ranks as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country, is making the final of four officials visits. He made trips to Alabama, Tennessee and Clemson this month.
Carver teammate Isaiah Crowell, ESPN’s No. 1 running back recruit, canceled his trip to Auburn this weekend.
Both will announce their decision on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 2.
Kouandjio is the No. 1 offensive tackle by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. The 6-foot-7, 322-pound DeMatha High product already has visited New Mexico, Alabama and Iowa.
His brother, Arie, just finished his freshman year at Alabama, where he redshirted. Arie was the nation’s No. 15 offensive tackle in the 2010 recruiting class, according to Rivals.
Cyrus Kouandjio won’t announce his decision until signing day at 9:05 a.m., 10 minutes before another Auburn target, Valley safety Erique Florence.
Auburn’s 2011 group is starting to take shape. The Tigers’ class is ranked third nationally by Scout, sixth by Rivals and ninth by ESPN.
According to ESPN’s rankings, Auburn has commitments from the nation’s No. 1 center (Reese Dismukes), No. 2 offensive tackle (Christian Westerman), No. 2 quarterback (Kiehl Frazier), No. 2 athlete (Quan Bray), No. 5 tight end (Fulse), No. 8 offensive guard (Thomas O’Reilly) and No. 10 offensive guard (Greg Robinson).