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Auburn's 2010 Recruiting Class Reports to Campus

by Brooks Webb, Senior Writer,

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It's time for the 2010 Recruiting Class to report to the Plains. Who's on campus and who isn't? Find out for free inside at Auburn Eagle.

It's been almost five months since Gene Chizik brought in his first nationally ranked top 5 class and gave Auburn fans something to look forward to in recruiting more than they ever thought they would.

Highlighted by some of the top players in the country at their respected positions, as well as several players who were the top prospect in their state, it can easily be said that the Auburn staff has found their forte' in recruiting.

Earlier this summer, as well as this week, the true work began for the players and coaches. It's one thing to bring top notch recruits on campus, but it's another thing to get them to perform at a high-level. High-level may not even be the right word; SEC caliber is a completely different thing, and for a freshman, it's easier said than done.

Five players enrolled in January, and already competed in the Spring game and should be in the mix for playing time in September. Those players were:

Brandon Mosley
Roszell Gayden
Cameron Newton
Jessel Curry
Craig Sanders

We all know Newton is the starting quarterback, and coaches and players alike have raved over his countless abilities in the backfield. Mosley and Gayden are both huge JUCO players like Newton, and Gayden may have locked down a spot on the O-line in the Spring. Curry was all over the field in the A-Day game and looked sharp, while Sanders was mentioned on an Auburn Football Everyday episode (along with Curry) for his decision to enroll early from high school and get a jump start with the much more experienced and stronger players.

8 recruits enrolled earlier in the summer:

Kenneth Carter
Steven Clark
Jeffrey Whitaker
Trovon Reed
Michael Dyer
Justin Delaine
Dakota Mosley
LaDarius Owens

Out of that bunch, Dyer and Reed are the most acclaimed recruits, while Jeffrey Whitaker could end up having the biggest impact with his size and force on the defensive line. Steven Clark could also push Ryan Shoemaker for the job at punter. 

15 recruits arrived on campus this weekend:

Ed Christian
Chris Davis
Tunde Fariyike
Antonio Goodwin
Shaun Kitchens
Jake Holland
Eric Mack
Corey Lemonier
Jonathan Mincy
Ladarious Phillips
Cody Parkey
Chad Slade
Ryan Smith
Jawara White
Ryan White

This group brings a lot to the table, with speed, athleticism, and size. To highlight a few, Parkey is the place kicker of the future, and will benefit much from studying under Wes Byrum for a season. Lemonier is an elite defensive end, who could see early playing time as well. Chris Davis, a 2010 class sleeper, may find himself on special teams returning kicks with his unmatched speed and agility.

The other two recruits arriving on campus this week are Demetruce McNeal and Joel Bonomolo (JUCO).

Two recruits won't be enrolling, and that's Jeremy Richardson and Shon Coleman.

Coleman as we all know, was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer and is still undergoing treatment. His football future is still unknown, but at this point, that it the least of anyone's worries as he tries to get back to full health.

Richardson is enrolled at East Mississippi Community College after failing to qualify, and will look to resign with the Tigers in December.


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