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Krootin’ 11/2


Lattimore. Auburn’s highest-profile visitor for the Ole Miss game came away saying the same always-welcome nice things he’s always said about Auburn:

Auburn, he said, is “going to be there at the end, I’ll tell you that.”

Lattimore made his official visit to Auburn, and got to see the Tigers beat Ole Miss 33-20 Saturday.

“The whole weekend was great,” said Lattimore …

“It just feels good here, very comfortable here,” Lattimore said. “I can see myself playing here. The running back situation looks pretty good. Ben Tate will be leaving, going to the NFL.”

Lattimore isn’t going to be hasty with his decision: he’s up-front about waiting to Signing Day and taking as many visits as he’s allowed. To me, the odds here appear longer than with the other two members of Auburn’s Great Three-Headed Running Back Hunt of 2010, what with Michael Dyer set to commit this week and Auburn now reportedly in front of LSU (though behind USC) for Lache Seastrunk. There’s several other schools to fend off for Lattimore, not to mention that as much as these guys affirm they’re not worried about competition, Auburn’s potentially crowded backfield can’t look that inviting.

But hey, Auburn’s hat is obviously still very much in Lattimore’s ring, and with an All-Everything recruit like him–and the Auburn staff’s obvious closing skills–you can’t ask for more than that.

Speaking of Seastrunk … ESPN offered up a full write-up of his nationally televised performance last Friday, and here’s your money grafs:

Seastrunk made the trip with close friend, and Thibodeaux (La.) receiver, Trovon Reed. The duo has been rumored to be headed to the same college for months.

“That’s my brother,” Seastrunk said. “We’re family. What ever we decide is what we decide on. If we don’t go to the same school, we’re still brothers. If God blesses us to go to the same school, we’ll get to play right next to each other. Either way, he’s my brother.”

Reed is considered to be leaning toward Auburn over Oregon and Tennessee and will announce his decision Nov. 13, while USC and Auburn are the favorites to receive the last two official visits for Seastrunk, with USC considered by many to be the favorite.

That “USC leads” stance is echoed elsewhere and seems credible enough, especially when you consider that previous statements from Seastrunk implied that he and Reed would be a package deal … and the current one clearly states that that might not be the case, and that Seastrunk would be OK with that.

Then again, it would be silly to think that Seastrunk wouldn’t want–badly–to play alongside Reed, and consensus seems near-universal by now that Reed will be choosing Auburn at his Nov. 13 announcement. (I’m not counting those particular chickens just yet, but it sure looks like there will be a lot of surprised people if he doesn’t. Reed would, of course, be an absolutely huge commitment for Auburn, as big as any of the RBs given the need for WRs.) There’s still a long way to go with Lache.

New name for you. Another weekend visitor, according to ESPN and now Rivals, was Georgia DE Adrian Hubbard. Hubbard is 6-7, around 230, and skipped football in 2008 to focus on hoops: now he’s allegedly wrecking fools all over the place and despite not even having been ranked by the gurus, he’s racking up the offers, including one from the Tide. ESPN sez:

He is like a southern, greener version of William Gholston. He has great size at about 6-foot-7 and while he does not have as much bulk as Gholston he still looks on film to be a kid with a thick build and the room to add more size … He can be explosive off the ball and despite his height he can keep good leverage. Flashes the ability to use his hands to engage and shed from blockers, but needs to be more consistent in this area … Despite his lack of ideal experience though he certainly seems to get the big picture and can be a disruptive presence. Good prospect with potentially scary upside. Keep an eye on this kid.

So there you go. What Auburn’s chances are with Hubbard, though, I wouldn’t hazard even the flimsiest guess.

For the record. One-time Auburn TE/DE signee and eventual JUCO refugee Ken Adams has committed to Tennessee. A 2008 signee under Tubby, Adams–like nearly every other tight end on the Auburn radar–never seemed to be a priority for the new staff, and if he wants to play TE rather than DE, you can’t blame him (too much) for going with Kiffin’s pro-style offense over the Malzahn spread.

Etc. Colossal Tennessee OL James Stone appears headed to Alabama. As long as Auburn holds on to Shon Coleman and Ed Christian and can add one or two (or three) more OLs with some upside, no biggie.

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