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Auburn hires Grimes to coach O-line

Gene Chizik’s coaching staff nearly is complete.

The Auburn head coach named Jeff Grimes as his offensive line coach, the school announced Sunday.

Grimes, 40, served as the assistant head coach, running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado for Dan Hawkins the past two seasons.

“As coaches, we are competitive and love challenges, and I’m looking forward to coaching with, and against, some of the best players in the country,” Grimes said in a news release.

He is the eighth assistant coach hired by Chizik, leaving one spot — secondary — still vacant.

Grimes has made stops at BYU (2004-06), Arizona State (2001-03) and Boise State (2000) during a 16-year coaching career.

In 2006, his line helped pave the way for an 11-2 BYU squad that averaged 465.5 yards per game, fourth best in the nation.

In 2000, Boise State led the nation in scoring offense and averaged 175 rushing yards per game.

“Jeff is a very experienced and knowledgeable coach who has been a part of several high-powered offenses at various schools,” Chizik said in a news release. “He’s going to be great addition to our staff, and we’re looking forward to getting him on board.”

The Garland, Texas, native was a four-time letterman at the University of Texas-El Paso from 1987-90.

After getting his coaching start at Riverside High in El Paso, he worked as a graduate assistant at Rice and Texas A&M.

His first full-time position was as offensive line coach at Division III Hardin Simmons.

Auburn High’s Sullen loyal to hometown

Auburn didn’t have to go far to snag its most recent recruit. Auburn High offensive lineman John Sullen committed to the Tigers after his weekend visit.

The 6-foot-5, 338-pound Sullen originally committed to Southern Miss after taking a trip last weekend, but the lure of playing for an SEC school and the draw of playing close to home was too enticing.

“They said I can come in and compete early,” Sullen said. “I was planning on competing anyway. To have a chance to play early as a starter in the SEC, you really can’t beat it.”

Sullen’s addition puts Auburn at 20 commits for 2009.

All-purpose back LaDarius Perkins switched his commitment from Auburn to Mississippi State over the weekend, according to Rivals.com.

A three-star recruit who played left tackle in high school, Sullen also had offers from Duke, Memphis, Tulane, South Alabama and Alabama-Birmingham.

Sullen spoke with Chizik just days after the coach was hired and received an official offer last Monday.

Gulley says he is leaning toward Auburn

Brantley, Ala., three-star athlete Anthony Gulley said he plans to commit to Auburn next week, but he has a visit set with Troy that he would like to honor first.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Gulley is being recruited as a slot receiver and might play baseball at Auburn as well.

“I just feel like this is my home, where I need to be,” Gulley said.

Washington will wait until signing day

Mississippi Gulf Coast three-star athlete Demond Washington said he has narrowed his decision down to Mississippi and Auburn.

He plans to announce his intentions on the Feb. 4 national signing day.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Washington spent a year at Gulf Coast playing running back before earning all-conference honors as a defensive back last season.

QB Moseley commits to play for Tigers

Auburn received its 21st commitment for 2009 from Leroy High quarterback Clint Moseley on Sunday night, according to AuburnSports.com.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Moseley was named Mr. Football in Alabama after throwing for 3,749 yards and 35 touchdowns last season.

Moseley won his final 25 games at Leroy, winning three straight state championships. He also finished fifth in Alabama high school state history with 8,413 passing yards.

The three-star recruit reportedly had offers from Marshall, Arkansas State, South Alabama and Alabama-Birmingham.

He is ranked the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com.

Quick hits

Auburn also had weekend visits by four four-star recruits: Austin, Texas, wide receiver Emory Blake; Bastrop, La., defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones; Montgomery, Ala., offensive lineman Brandon Moore and Stevenson, Ala., linebacker Tana Patrick. … Two three-star players — Arlington, Texas, defensive end Nosa Eguae and Odenville, Ala., linebacker Dee Ford — were also in town. Ford reaffirmed his previous commitment to Auburn.

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