Auburn Football 2010: Ides of July Recruiting News and Tidbits

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJuly 17, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers directs play against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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There is more news building for Auburn fans as the season gets closer. Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and center Ryan Pugh both made the preliminary Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. Lee Ziemba has also made the 2010 Outland Trophy watch list. Linebacker Craig Stevens was named on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.

Keihl Frazier, an Auburn quarterback recruit verbal commitment for the 2011 class, has been picked for the ESPN Elite 11 quarterback camp. This is an exclusive camp that has hosted some pretty good quarterbacks over time. Good luck to Keihl at the camp, he should do very well. Here is an article that described his regional performance. Here is another article about the same event.

The Auburn staff is having some good results on the recruiting trail so far this year. They are expected to take the full 25 signees that the rules allow. Here is a current list of verbally committed recruits. Here is the site that has the 2011 recruiting class ranked so far.

Here is a list of recruits that are considering Auburn aggressively:

CJ Uzomah is an athlete out of Georgia that would fit perfectly into the Auburn offense. His recruitment started as a quarterback, but he can play receiver and tight end. He has expressed some real interest in Auburn and could decide on his destination soon.

Rodney Coe is an athlete out of Illinois that could play on either side of the ball, but seems perfect for the H-Back role in the Gus Malzhan offense. With more and more NFL teams adopting this hybrid position, it is an area of need for the NFL.

With the graduation of Mario Fannin this year and Eric Smith next year, Auburn has a huge need for this position.    

Jonathan Rose is one of the best defensive back prospects in the nation. He has expressed a lot of interest in Auburn and is expected to announce his favorite around August first.

Erique Florence is a hard hitting safety type defensive back. He has expressed a genuine interest toward Auburn. With two safeties graduating out of the playing rotation he would be a welcome addition. (My apologies to Mr. Florence for misspelling his name earlier.)

Gabe Wright is an aggressive, hard hitting defensive tackle that has expressed some interest in Auburn. With two graduating out of the playing rotation at Auburn this year, he would be a welcome addition.

Auburn is holding their final camp of the season this weekend. There are several high profile recruits that will be attending.

Danny Woodson Jr. is one recruit to keep an eye on. He is committed to Alabama. He has recently taken a look at the Alabama depth chart and realized that there are many receivers on there. While Auburn is deep at the receiver position, all of Auburn’s receivers play with the many different offensive sets they run. Alabama seldom plays multiple receiver sets.

Auburn picked up a verbal commitment from wide receiver Sammie Coates after he ran a 4.31sec. 40 and proved a 37” vertical in camp on July 17. He impressed the staff enough that they offered on the spot and he immediately accepted. He is 6’3” and 170 lbs. and a very capable addition to the 2011 Auburn recruiting class. Video


Jalon Denson a wide receiver from the 6A Alabama State Champion Hoover Buccaneers got an offer from Auburn after impressing the staff at minicamp Saturday July 17. He returned for an official visit Monday and committed. Video

 Devin Gaulden is the latest verbal commitment for Auburn coming out of the final camp evaluation period. He is a lock down pure cornerback out of south Florida. He has a background of playing basketball which seems to help him with his impressive coverage skills.