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Tigers headed for another top list of signees

By Bradley Handwerger · 340-2460

AUBURN — Heading into the final four days of the 2007 recruiting period, Auburn is doing what it has done so well the past few years — get commitments, get them early, and get the guys the Tigers want.

With Wednesday’s national signing day fast approaching, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has 24 commitments, and 20 of them gave the nod to the Tigers before the new year. ranks Auburn’s list of commits as the nation’s ninth best, while has the Tigers at 10th.

A year ago, Auburn finished with a top 10 class, according to both recruiting sites.

In fact, Tuberville has signed a top 15 class in each of the past two seasons.

With some big names pledging to come to Auburn this year, that shouldn’t change.

Indeed, the Internet message boards lit up with excitement the day Rogers, Ark., offensive lineman Lee Ziemba made public his agreement to come to Auburn.

He’s believed to be a player who can play immediately.

At 6-foot-7 and 295 pounds, Ziemba already has the size to fit in right away, which probably aided in his choosing Auburn over Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Notre Dame.

Ziemba isn’t alone in the hype he’s carrying.

Running back Enrique Davis (5-11, 212) from Lynn Haven, Fla., is expected to be a big addition for the Tigers.

But one of the biggest recruits for Auburn would appear to be Kodi Burns, a quarterback who fits the exact need for the Tigers. At 6-2, 195 pounds, he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, according to Rivals. He has passed for more than 1,900 yards in each of the past three years and has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards each season as well.

The class isn’t set, though. In fact, any of the players can switch at any minute as the commitments are non-binding, and the teenagers can change their minds at any time.

The breakdown of this class for now includes one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, two defensive tackles, two tight ends, six offensive linemen, one defensive end, two linebackers, three defensive backs, two athletes and a place-kicker.

Athlete Bo Harris and receiver Chris Slaughter signed a year ago but failed to qualify academically and went to prep schools. Harris went to Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., while Harris worked on his grades and game at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

Also similar to Tuberville’s past classes, not all the recruits are from Alabama.

Eight are from Alabama, three from Arkansas, seven from talent-rich Florida, two from Georgia, and one each from New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia.

Rivals rate 11 of the players as four-star recruits, and 13 are three-star players.

Recruiting experts have said this could be one of the best — if not the best — class Tuberville has signed since arriving in Auburn in 1999.

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