Auburn adds to recruiting haul

DESTIN, Fla. -- Auburn might be in a rebuilding year on The Plains, but that isn't pushing many top prospects away.

Since Saturday, the Tigers have grabbed three verbal commitments, with two being members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Auburn now has eight verbal commitments in its 2012 recruiting class.

Auburn got things started with the commitment from Parker, Colo., Chaparral offensive tackle Shane Callahan, who committed at Auburn's Big Cat recruiting weekend. The ESPNU 150 Watch List member stands 6-foot-5, 280 pounds and also had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Utah and Washington.

Here's what Callahan told The Birmingham News about his commitment to Auburn: "I knew awhile back. I knew I should make the decision now. I'm ready. It's where I want to be.

"I'm excited to be a part of the family."

ESPN recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg also caught up with Callahan and Monday commit Darius Philon, who is a defensive tackle from Pichard, Ala.

Miami Beach, Fla., Senior athlete Ricardo Louis committed Tuesday. Louis is a member of the ESPNU 150 Watch List as well.

Here's what the 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete, who had about 20 offers, told ESPN recruiting analyst Corey Long about his decision to pick the Tigers: "Auburn is just the right place for me, it's the type of atmosphere that I believe will bring the best out in me. Coach [Trooper] Taylor is like a family member to be honest and being around the rest of the recruits and seeing everything, I'm proud to call myself an Auburn Tiger."