Posted: 11:59 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014

Auburn is loading up on offensive linemen from Georgia 

By Michael Carvell

Gus Malzahn led Auburn to SEC title in his first year as coach (AP)

Gus Malzahn led Auburn to SEC title in his first year as coach (AP)

Auburn is loading up on offensive linemen from the state of Georgia.

Creekside High School’s Marquel Harrell committed to Auburn over Tennessee and Alabama on Monday night, only a couple of days after Sprayberry High School’s Bailey Sharp picked the Tigers over UGA and Clemson.

And Auburn is also the rumored frontrunner for Mill Creek High School’s Kaleb Kim, who will announced between the Tigers and UGA on Thursday.

“Auburn was my top choice because I had been down there four times, and every time I went down there, it stood out more and more,” Harrell said. “It’s a great program and it has great coaches. I was like ‘This is where I want to be.’”

Harrell, who projects to play offensive guard at Auburn, originally committed to Ole Miss last Feburary but backed off the pledge because he “had to refocus on his academics and my teammates.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Harrell kept Ole Miss in the running, at least publicly, but he settled on Auburn over runners-up Tennessee and Alabama.

OL Marquell Harrell (12thmanpromotions)

OL Marquell Harrell (12thmanpromotions)

“I liked Auburn more than Tennessee because it’s a better program with better coaches,” he said. “Coach (J.B.) Grimes has experience into transforming average players into beasts, like Greg Robinson. He’s going to be a first-round pick.

“With Alabama, I just really looked at the depth chart. I know Alabama recruited a lot of offensive linemen last year. And when I got up there, they were still going to be up there. And most of the Auburn offensive linemen will be leaving in the next few years.”

Why did Harrell commit again so early? “I need to start go ahead and recruiting for my class so we can have the best recruiting class for 2015.” Like who? “Some of them Bama boys — Mehki Brown, Dallas Warmack, and Jonathan Ledbetter.” They all played with Harrell at the RisingSeniors.com junior all-star game last December.

Harrell probably has a better chance of recruiting his Creekside teammates, wide receiver Jayson Stanley and offensive lineman Venzell Boulware, to play for Auburn. “Yeah, I’m get to get those guys, too.”

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101 comments
LEE3333
LEE3333

C=Kirk.....one more thing.  The distance from Atlanta to Athens takes approx 1 hour 16mins to travel.  The distance from Atlanta to Auburn, AL is approx 1 hour 31 minutes. If you live Southwest of Atlanta, Auburn is closer to your home than  is Athens.  That proximity is now and has always been why Auburn is such an active part of college recruiting in the state of Georgia and why so many students from Georgia attend Auburn in general.  Columbus, GA is the second largest city in the State of Georgia.  Columbus is less than 30 minutes from the Auburn Campus.

LEE3333
LEE3333

C-Kirk......."At least a few years ago....."  I would have to assume that those few years were a few years in the 1940s or possibly 1950s.  I was a student, from Georgia, attending Auburn in the 90s.  I have never heard of 70% of the students going home on the weekends.  Seriously, you obviously have never been to Auburn.  If you had visited, you would have realized that there are 28,000+ kids that enjoy everything a large college campus has to offer.  I was part of the Greek Fraternity system.  There are over 20 mansions on old and new fraternity row that house a vibrant greek system.  There are events ranging from swimming and diving competitions to the Auburn Orchestra to football Saturdays in the fall where another 50,000 people show up on Wednesday and Thursday to begin tailgating.  You can also feel safe to go for a jog at 10pm if you want.


As for your other spewing of nonsense, you don't have the NCAA depose over 80 people and review the financial records of 20+ individuals and find nothing simply due to being great at covering something up.  That works for a conspiracy theory, but not so much in the real world.  The NCAA said nothing about having no choice but to close the investigation.  In fact they stated that not one scintella of evidence of wrongdoing was found and that was the basis for closing the matter.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

PMR

I totally agree and the students agree also. I don't know if the stats are still this high but a few years ago I tried to make sense of why anyone would go to Auburn? At least a few years ago it said that 70% of the student body go's out of town on the weekend , most go to their home town. The four years my son was in Athens , we were lucky to get him home once a semester. 

The reason Auburn was not caught during the last investigation was because they have been on probation so much in the past , they have learned that if everybody being questioned will take the 5TH and if any money changed hand you do it with cash, then the investigators has no proof and they have no choice but to close the investigation as incomplete. 

OldFan
OldFan

PMR.... what have you been smoking.  Coach Neil Callaway who coached the O Line at both Auburn and UGA was quoted as saying that UGA's facilities are not nearly as good as Auburn's.  UGA is landlocked and cannot even find a space for a legitimate indoor facility.  Auburn is on it's third indoor facility which is state of the art.  A complete game can be played in it including kickoffs and punts.  Get you facts straight.....you have a right to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

PMR
PMR

I'm at a loss about some things..............


First, these kids visit Alabama, Florida, Georgia and choose AUBURN???????????? REALLY? Anyone ever been there seen that town and those facilities? Unless they are paying them again/still or they don't have the academics to get into UGA, UF, or UA why would anyone go there?


Two I don't understand why posters here continually comment on how Richt doesn't put an emphasis on the O line. Is it because they haven't gotten a lot of 5 star O linemen? Out of the top 5 rated linemen over the past three years only 5 of those 15 signed with an instate school. There are about 120 other schools who didn't get those guys either and it's not because they didn't want them. 

The reason the O Line hasn't been as strong of a position in recruiting can be traced to Stacey Searles. NOBODY liked him. High school coaches, parents, players anyone who spent any time around him hated him. It will take a while to get over that just like its going to take a while for UF to be able to get over what Charlie Weiss did for their offensive recruiting.

caneowar
caneowar

Come folks. Where else but Auburn or Alabama would you expect big ole dumb as dirt linemen to commit to? Will Friend can't help stupid. That's all Auburn and Bama.

OldFan
OldFan

There is a recruiting service (whose name I cannot remember) that judges yearly recruiting classes not by the total class of *****, but instead by position.  They named Auburn as having the #1 Offensive Line classes the last few years.  If you watch them play you can see why.

OldFan
OldFan

Auburn has 4 of its 5 Offensive Linemen returning from the vicious running attack in 2013.  Obviously, Greg Robinson is the 5th and declared early.  His replacement, Shon Coleman, is bigger and according to the O Line Coach, J. B. Grimes, Coleman is taller, has better reach and is a "road grader...."    Stayed tuned for another strong Offensive unit from AU.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Auburn plays in and wins Championships - in football. 

dawgballs00
dawgballs00

Will Friend, coffee is for closers pal.

greenedefense
greenedefense

Georgia has a lot of players that other schools want! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

POAD2014
POAD2014

Good Luck guys. Hope your COMMITMENT last longer than a few months.


SinceVince
SinceVince

Clue For CMR...Championships are won in the trenches....

SinceVince
SinceVince

Our offensive clowns are once again asleep at the wheel...

TU
TU

Seems a lot of these kids put great emphasis on the depth chart. Which would make sense if you play early you can leave early and get the Greg Robinson big pay day earlier.


AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Also Auburn is about to get a guy who started every game as a freshman for Ole Miss transferring there as well. Kid out of high school was a top rated OL.

You have to recruit good lineman if you wanna win big. 2012 Bama team had the best OL in college football history. Of course they paid 50K (that we know of) for Fluker and no one knows how much for Cyrus (after he committed elsewhere on ESPN), but they still had a great line.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Did anyone see Bamas spring game? They better hope Coker is legit. I doubt he is, but they looked bad. Coker would have been FSU third string had Trickett not transferred.

Kid is a 3 star, coming in the fall after knee surgery....uhh good luck with that.

OldFan
OldFan

@LEE3333 You are spot on and thanks for the eloquent response to mere nonsense.  As a native Georgian who also attended Auburn, many UGA folks just don't "get" the Auburn connection to the state of Georgia.  Auburn has ALWAYS recruited well in Georgia starting with Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan in 1950.  In addition, when it comes to attending a major University, tens of thousands of native Georgians chose Auburn over UGA and Ga Tech over the years simply because they preferred it. Nothing more.  And I love the nonsense about the entrance requirements being the major reason for attending.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Many folks from Georgia choose AU because as our creed says, "I believe in Auburn and love it."

cmac22
cmac22

@OldFan Since auburn plays all its games outdoors, having an indoor practice facility is HUGE!!!!

LEE3333
LEE3333

@PMR Know what you talk about before opening the pie hole man.  Auburn has BETTER facilities than UGA (see indoor practice field to start you googling), and as good as UF and UA.  Be shocked if you want, but Auburn's program's gross revenue is millions more than UGA's.  Add to that, Auburn has one of the brightest coaches in the Nation in Gus Malzahn.

slaughdog
slaughdog

@PMR

Facilities????? AUBURN has better facilities than GA, just ask all those recruits (including those in the state of GA), that pick AU over GA. Construction is constantly going on @ AU. 

I don't understand,why you can't accept,that GA is not a top 10 college football program today.  Don't HATE!!!

WDE

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

You are bad mouthing Auburns campus and facitlities? Ummm ok. We have Stegman and no indoor facility. They have a new arean, new 100 yard indoor facility and built new dorms. Nice arguement.

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@PMR AU has a small town feel b/c it is a small town. Its not a cow town by the septic tank pretending to be something it isn't. You feel 2 home there and the students that go there love it. Plus they win.....something UGA an only sit back and dream bout.

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

@PMR Kids like playing in National Championships might be the reason! Guess you never have been to AU or you would know its one of the top SEC schools. You must be 9 or 10 years old i guess.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@PMR The answer for first is they won the SEC with one of the most explosive offense's in a long time, and almost won the NC. They are favored to win big again this year. They are the shiniest penny in the pocket book. Win, and they will come.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@caneowar  yes UGa only recruits ROAD Scholars.....UGa is a member of the Slightly educated Conference so don't act like your players are Ivy league qualifiers.  

WDE
WDE

@Bubbataviousjust to be clear you do of course mean the offense that has set UGA scoring records the last 2 years ...those clowns

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Look for Shon COleman to be this years Greg Robinson. Same size, was a five star out of high school and has been derailed the past four seasons due to cancer. He is back and they think he will be a 1st round type talent after this year.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

That OL looked terrible Saturday.

Derrick Henry is legit though, but his OL will take a step back this year. Let's hope he cuts that wretched skullet haircut. I've seen better hairdos on a mop.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

well  fAU looked great against the culls playing defense! Not a player on that defense would be invited to walkon at Georgia State......

OldFan
OldFan

@C-Kirk You obviously have not spent much time there or your research is quite flawed.  An Auburn University, much like the other SEC Schools is a valued commodity.  Auburn graduates are in high demand across the country, particularly in high tech industries.  Just ask the Apple CEO that question as he is an AU grad and a strong believer in the Auburn degree.  The problem with many, but not all, UGA supporters is that they are frustrated.  Frustrated that they cannot win it all.  Accordingly, this group likes to play the name game or belittle the competition at all costs.  It is becoming increasingly childish on here, really.  Most of the comments are cheap shots and very flawed. Athens is a nice town but is surrounded by shanty towns and government housing.....clean it up.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@gtcaryd @PMR  have the best and most bag men and they will come.  it is sickening and disgusting.  everyone knows whats going on and it makes me want to throw up when places like the ajc simply look the other way.  i have never ever seen a story investigating anything going on at any of these "schools"

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Is this Joe namath or Ken STabler? Your arguements sound as coherent as they do. LOL!

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

I am beginning to think Murray had a LOT to do with those records.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

@gtcaryd @AlternativeDawg

Seems the NCAA can not locate Luther Davis to verify....  been hiding out somewhere in Alabamastan or northwest Pakistan...

"BELIEVE" in the G

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@OldFan @C-Kirk  auburn is a joke and EVERYONE knows whats going on there keep talking about apple yeah whatever nobody is talking about academics were better then auburn in that to.  BAG MAN U = sickening

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@OldFan @C-Kirk  auburn is a joke and EVERYONE knows whats going on there keep talking about apple yeah whatever nobody is talking about academics were better then auburn in that to.  BAG MAN U +

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Uhhh...Auburn did get investigated and rsan through the mud. They found nothing. Wish NCAA would investigate bama with the same vigor but alas Emmert cannot find Luther Davis.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

The NCAA is looking for Luther like Tallahassee police are looking for evidence.