By Jay Coulter
So just how well did Auburn do on National Signing Day? Here’s a brief bio on the Class of 2008 (Courtesy of the Auburn Athletic Department)…
WR, 6-2, 178
Kennesaw, GA (Harrison HS)
High School Coach: Bruce Cobleigh
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Threw for 974 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior while also rushing for five scores, and had over 40 receptions as a sophomore … Also had 52 tackles and six interceptions as a junior … Ranked No. 48 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals.com … Also ranked as the No. 23 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 116 among wide receivers by Scout.com … The No. 44-ranked prospect from Georgia by SuperPrep … Named to PrepStar’s All-Southeast Region team.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 5, 1990 … Son of Vincent and Tonya Adams and Darlene and Terry White.
WR, 6-0, 180
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Dillard HS)
High School Coach: Keith Franklin
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Ranked No. 56 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals.com … Also ranked as the No. 78 prospect in Florida by Rivals.com … The No. 59-ranked prospect from Florida in the SuperPrep Florida 111 … Named to PrepStar’s All-Southeast Region team … At the 2006 Class 4A state track meet, posted times of 10.31 in the 100m and 21.03 in the 200m while winning both events.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 27, 1989 … Son of Barbara and Harry Adams.
TE, 6-5, 215
Enterprise, AL (Enterprise HS)
High School Coach: Kevin Collins
HIGH SCHOOL: 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.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 3, 1988 … Son of Gloria and Gregory Adams.
Linebacker, 6-2, 230
Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln HS)
High School Coach: Kyle Rice
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … In the regional championship game against Pace, caught the game winning touchdown pass … Named 2006 Second Team All-State as a defensive back by the Florida Sports Writers Association … Named to PrepStar All-Southeast Region team … As a junior in 2005, finished with 43 tackles, one tackle for loss, two sacks and one interception that was returned for touchdown … After his senior season, was ranked as the No. 29 overall safety prospect and the No. 53 prospect out of Florida by Rivals.com … Was ranked as the No. 30 safety nationally and No. 46 prospect in Florida by Scout.com … Ranked as the No. 37 prospect in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Named to the Florida Super 75 by the Florida Times Union … Three-year starter and four-year letterman in football … Contributed to four straight district championships during his career at Lincoln … Three-year letterman in track and qualified for the state championships in the high-jump (6-3.5) as a junior in 2005.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 28, 1987.
DB, 6-1, 175
Kissimmee FL (Osceola HS)
High School Coach: Jeff Rolson
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Orlando Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 12) … As a junior, scored eight times on offense and had eight interceptions on defense … Ranked No. 26 nationally among safeties by Scout.com … Ranked No. 30 nationally among athletes by Rivals.com … The No. 31-ranked defensive back nationally and the No. 23-ranked prospect from Florida in the SuperPrep Florida 111 … Ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 22, 1989 … Son of Bertia Williams and Earl Bell.
DB, 6-0, 180
Picayune, MS (Picayune Memorial HS)
High School Coach: Dodd Lee
HIGH SCHOOL: Had 60 tackles, 16 pass break-ups and five 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 … Earned Class 4A First Team All-State honors as a junior after collecting 59 tackles, 16 pass breakups and one interception … Offensively as a junior, had 82 carries for 601 yards and nine scores … Sophomore season collected 51 tackles and two interceptions … Ranked No. 63 nationally among cornerbacks by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 128 nationally among cornerbacks by Scout.com … The No. 25-ranked prospect from Mississippi by SuperPrep … Named to PrepStar’s All-Southeast Region team.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 28, 1989 … Son of Milton Cole and Amanda Walker … Brother, Milt, was a senior tight end for LSU in 2007.
LS, 6-1, 210
Coconut Creek, FL (North Broward HS)
High School Coach: Jeff Dellenbach
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … North Broward HS Special Teams Player of the Year … As a junior, was named North Broward HS Offensive Lineman of the Year … Three-year starter … Ranked as the 19th-best long snapper in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking.
PERSONAL: Born April 13, 1990 … Son of Mary and Jeff Dellenbach … Father played in the NFL for 15 seasons with Miami, New England, Green Bay and Philadelphia, helping the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI.
QB, 6-3, 217
Columbus, GA (Carver HS)
High School Coach: Dell McGee
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior, passing for 1,567 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 742 yards and 15 touchdowns … Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and first-team All-State selection by the AJC and Georgia Sports Writers Association as a senior … Led team to its first state championship as a senior and semifinals as a junior … As a junior, threw for 1,300 yards and 14 scores, while adding 730 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground … Ranked as the No. 31 athlete nationally by Rivals.com … Also ranked as the No. 22 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 32 nationally among quarterbacks by Scout.com … The No. 40-ranked prospect from Georgia by SuperPrep … Named to PrepStar’s All-Southeast Region team.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 27, 1989 … Son of Brenda and DeRon Furr, Sr.
DL, 6-5, 263
Enterprise, AL (Enterprise)
High School Coach: Kevin Collins
Junior College: Copiah-Lincoln (Wesson, Miss.)
Junior College Coach: Glen Davis
JUNIOR COLLEGE: 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 … Rated the No. 3 overall JC prospect in the nation by Rivals.com … Signed with Auburn out of high school … No. 2 overall JC prospect nationally by SuperPrep.
HIGH SCHOOL: Totaled 62 tackles, 10 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five fumble recoveries and 20 quarterback hurries as a senior … Caught 12 passes for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns … Selected to the Class 6A All-State Team by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior, and honorable mention as a junior … Registered 71 tackles and 10.5 sacks his junior season and returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown … As a junior, played in the Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star Game … Ranked as the No. 51 overall player in the country and No. 13 in the Southeast (No. 2 DE) by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report … Ranked 13th nationally among strongside defensive ends and the No. 7 player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 6 in the Rivals Preseason Alabama Top 40 … Rivals.com Rivals250 … Ranked No. 41 nationally at the defensive end position by ESPN.com … Ranked No. 146 on collegefootballnews.com’s CFN Top 150 and No. 16 among defensive ends … Rated as the No. 22 defensive end nationally by Scout.com … Rated No. 4 on the Birmingham News Super Senior 2006 … Ranked 86th on the Mobile Register’s Super Southeast 120 list of prospects … Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 4, 1986 … Son of Tracie Myhand.
DL, 6-6, 215
Irondale, AL (Shades Valley HS)
High School Coach: Curtis Coleman
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Rated the No. 9 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com … Two sport standout for Shades Valley … Played defensive end in football and post player in basketball.
PERSONAL: Born June 2, 1990 … Son of Lisa and Ulysses Henderson.
DB, 5-9, 185
Phenix City, AL (Central-Phenix HS)
High School Coach: Ron Nelson
HIGH SCHOOL: As a senior, recorded 42 tackles, two interceptions and broke up four passes … Averaged 30 yards per kickoff return … Was selected to play in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game following his senior season … Rivals.com ranks him the 62nd best cornerback in the nation … Rated No. 99 cornerback in the nation by Scouts.com.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 25, 1989 … Son of Shirley and Dewayne Hood … Hood is a cousin of former Auburn and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back Roderick Hood.
RB, 5-10, 185
Daphne, AL (Daphne HS)
High School Coach: Glenn Vickery
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Ranked 16th best player in Alabama by SuperPrep … Named to All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar … Rivals.com ranks him as the nation’s No. 19 all-purpose running back … Scout.com ranks him as 49th best running back in nation … Named to Mobile Press Register Elite 18 and the Southeast Super 120.
PERSONAL: Born July 8, 1990 … Son of Sharlene and Louis Barge.
DB, 6-2, 190
McCalla, AL (McAdory HS)
High School Coach: David Powell
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Rated the 36th best athlete in the nation by Rivals.com … Ranked 37th best player in Alabama by SuperPrep … Ranked the No. 94 safety in the nation by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 28, 1989 … Son of Brinetta and Richard Price.
OL, 6-6, 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
High School Coach: George Smith
Prep School: Hargrave Military Academy
Prep School Coach: Robert Prunty
PREP SCHOOL: Named the nation’s No. 2 prep school recruit by Rivals.com.
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Slated as the No. 52 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by ESPN.com … Played with fellow Auburn recruit Wes Byrum in high school.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 14, 1987 … Son of Twilla Johnson.
DB, 6-1, 170
Tucker, GA (Tucker HS)
High School Coach: Franklin Stephens
HIGH SCHOOL: 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 … Was honorable mention all-county as a junior … Rated as 11th best corner back in nation by Scouts.com … Ranked 53rd best player in Georgia by SuperPrep … He also runs track.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 11, 1990 … Son of Glenn Thorpe and Nickie Lipscomb.