June 14, 2008

Gadsden trio visit Auburn Saturday

Auburn is hosting over 400 high school players this weekend for a camp including a trio of top prospects from Gadsden (Ala.) City in Dre Kirkpatrick, Kendall Kelly and Darrell Smith.

Kirkpatrick is rated as a five-star and the nation's No. 1 cornerback while Kelly is a four-star and the nation's No. 15 wide receiver. Smith, who plays tight end, is one of the state of Alabama's most underrated jumbo athletes.

Kirkpatrick didn't workout during the camp, spending most of his time hanging out with the Auburn coaching staff including head coach Tommy Tuberville, defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads and assistant Terry Price.

"I joked around with coach Tuberville and had a long, long talk with coach Rhoads," said Kirkpatrick. "Coach Price -- me and him just messed around with each other today."

Kirkpatrick and Kelly recently returned from Texas where they spent time with former AU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Kirkpatrick had already developed a good relationship with Muschamp and is now doing the same with Rhoads.

"Coach Rhoads is a real nice man," said Kirkpatrick. "He's getting to know my parents too. That's a big key if they feel comfortable with you and I think he's doing a good job of recruiting me and my mom and dad."

Kirkpatrick, who has offers from coast to coast and the opportunity to choose just about any school in the country, said that Auburn was in great shape to be one of his finalists.

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