Tigers Fill Needs, Have Weak Finish

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville knows his latest recruiting class didn't make much of a national splash, especially after a poor finish that saw several former commitments head elsewhere.

The Tigers did fill immediate needs on the defensive line and at cornerback and receiver with a 28-player class Wednesday.

But they also went 0-for-3 among onetime verbal commitments who waited until signing day to make their final college choices public.

Those ones that got away hurt.

Coveted running back Enrique Davis, an Auburn signee last year who wound up at prep school, opted to play for Houston Nutt at Mississippi. Wide receiver Jarmon Fortson chose Florida State, and defensive back George Baker picked South Florida.

The defections hurt the Tigers' national rankings, which hovered at Number 19 by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Among the players who are bound for - or already attending - Auburn are defensive end Raven Gray, defensive tackle Freddie Smooth, offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson and quarterback Chris Todd.

Gray, Todd, quarterback DeRon Furr and linebacker Dashaun Barnes all enrolled at Auburn in January.