Both of Auburn’s commitments and a number of top early targets were included in the Top247 for 2013 rankings released on Tuesday.
Liner is a big early pickup for Auburn
Defensive tackle Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High and linebacker Trey Johnson from Central Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Ga., both committed to Auburn this summer and project as two of the nation’s top overall prospects.
247Sports also handed out 5-star rankings to eight prospects including defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche from Grayson in Loganville, Ga., and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil from Columbia in Lake City, Fla., who are both top Auburn targets.
In addition to Liner, there were 10 prospects from the state of Alabama in the initial Top247 including quarterback Jeremy Johnson from Carver in Montgomery, athlete Cam Luper from Auburn High, wide receiver Earnest Robinson from Pinson Valley in Pinson and wide receiver DeAndre Woods from Clay-Chalkville in Clay.
Luper is the son of Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper while Johnson, Robinson, and Woods all hold early Auburn offers.
The in-state prospects in the 247 also include two Alabama commits -- tight end O’Terrius Howard from Autauga Academy in Prattville and offensive tackle Bradley Bozeman from Handley in Roanoke, one Florida State commit -- offensive tackle Austin Golson from Prattville High, along with wide receiver Jevontey Smith from Greensboro West, and cornerback Kamryn Melton from Dothan High.
As expected the states of Georgia and Florida are well represented in the Top247 including a number of top Auburn targets.
The top Peach State targets in the Top247 include defensive tackle Jay Ellison from Harris County in Hamilton, defensive tackle Isaac Rochell from Eagle’s Landing in McDonough, defensive end Reginald Carter from Stephenson in Stone Mountain and offensive tackle Shamire DeVine from Tri-Cities in Atlanta.
Ellison and Devine both camped at Auburn this summer.
Top Florida targets in the Top247 include quarterback Cord Sandberg from Manatee in Bradenton, running back Greg Bryant from American Heritage in Delray Beach, running back A.J. Turman from Boone in Orlando, running back Lorenzo Woodley from Columbus in Miami, cornerback Nick Washington from Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III from Wharton in Tampa and athlete Jayron Kearse from Cypress Lake in Fort Myers, Fla.
Sandberg camped at Auburn the past two summers and picked up an early offer from the Tigers. Washington also visited Auburn this summer.
Some other top targets from around the Southeast include running back Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock (Ark.) West, tight end Hunter Henry from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., wide receiver Rickey Jefferson from Destrehan (La.) High, offensive tackle D.J. Park from Dillon (S.C.) High and cornerback Brian Walker from Mallard Creek in Charlotte, N.C.
Tenpenny, Park and Walker all visited Auburn this summer.
Some top Auburn targets in the Top247 from outside the Southeast includes defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow from Red Lion in Bear, Del., offensive tackle Derwin Gray from Dunbar in Washington, D.C., offensive tackle Aaron Cochran from Buhach Colony in Atwater, Calif., offensive tackle Jake Raulerson from Celina (Tex.) High and wide receiver Shelton Gibson from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Bigelow, Gray and Raulerson visited Auburn this summer.
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