June 10, 2013

Weekend Recap

AUBURN | Sunday marked another important stop for the Gus Bus as defensive line/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner tweeted.

More than 600 high school football players flocked to Auburn to participate in the Tigers' first mini camp of the summer. The athletes who attended ranged from rising seniors to just-getting-started sophomores.

It was a chance for head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff to impress the masses and from the reactions on social media from prospects who worked out they did just that.

Once drills concluded, the coaches asked a handful of kids to stay and talk to whom they called "the man upstairs." Some of those players already held official offers, but most of them were hearing of one for the first time.

Here is a quick wrap-up of the more interesting story lines generated Sunday:

First Coast impresses: Led by elite 2015 LB Sherrod Pittman, who already was on Auburn's radar with an early offer, a trio of First Coast (Fla.) High players caught everyone's eye.

Two of Pittman's teammates, defensive ends Raashed Kennion and Spencer Williams, earned scholarship offers. The twist? Both Kennion and Williams recently committed to Cincinnati. The bigger twist? The 2014 Jacksonville (Fla.) prospects enjoyed Auburn and the coaching staff tremendously. Neither player said that their commitment to the Bearcats wavered after the camp, but their interest level was high and they were willing to talk about visiting the Plains again. Auburn was Kennion's and Williams' first Southeastern Conference offer.

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