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Tigers banged up a bit after scrimmage

Auburn's first scrimmage of fall camp is finished and the Tigers didn't escape injury-free.

Wesley Steiner has been limited for all fall camp with a hamstring injury and Koy Moore is nursing an ankle injury.

Ja'Varrius Johnson received stitches in his mouth, but head coach Hugh Freeze said he'd be "fine."

"He was having a really good camp," Freeze said.

Both Austin Keys and Malcolm Johnson Jr. are dealing with shoulder injuries, but neither is "significant,” Freeze said.

Camden Brown hasn't practiced much in both the spring and fall.

"He's had a string of bad luck," Freeze said. "We sure do need him to get healthy.”

Burton's route running opening eyes

Caleb Burton transferred to Auburn after spring practice and hasn't played a snap of college football, yet the former Ohio State wideout still has managed to turn heads early on in fall camp.

The former 4-star from Austin, Texas, has caught the eyes of his teammates with his route running.

“His route running is very unique," Auburn receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. said. "I’ve stolen a few of Caleb’s moves just trying to add that to my arsenal. I would say his route running is unique.”

Not only does Burton have a unique skillset, but Auburn offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery says the wideout also has the work ethic to back his skills.

“He's one of the hardest working dudes,” Montgomery said. “He's on the JUGS machine, he's on the Monarch. He's getting with the quarterbacks. It's just, every day, you've got to (say), 'Alright, it's time to leave the building. Go get you some rest. Go get you something to eat.' He's that type of worker, and he's very professional about the way he handles his business.”

Fromm: 'the vibes have been awesome'

Tyler Fromm is entering his fifth season at Auburn, and during his time on the Plains he has been coached by three different staffs and has seen a 92 million dollar facility be built and used.

So even though Fromm has been at Auburn his whole career, it can sometimes feel like he’s changed schools a couple times.

“I've pretty much transferred three times but stayed in the same place,” Fromm said. “I'll tell you what: I think it was in January or February, after being in the new facility, it didn't even feel like Auburn. Once we got here I was like, this is incredible. It didn't feel like the same place I got recruited to and when I first got here... This place is just incredible. The whole place is insane. It feels really awesome to be over here.”

With this being his fifth year of SEC football, Fromm has seen just about everything, so the veteran tight end is looking to take on a leadership role in his final year of college football.

Big Cat visit 'raises' Auburn for 5-star safety

It’s about that time for KJ Bolden. The 5-star safety is set to announce his commitment on August 5.

So how did Bolden’s visit to Auburn during Big Cat weekend affect his recruitment?

“This visit right here, it definitely raised Auburn a lot,” Bolden said. “I had an interview probably like four days ago and I had a school in my head, but now that I came down here, that kind of changed a little bit. Now I gotta go back home and rethink it now. The way Coach Freeze gave me that great talk, he definitely almost had me commit today, but I just got to wait out my options.”

Auburn and Hugh Freeze’s pitch to the 6-foot-2 and 181 pound safety is simple: come be different.

Freeze provides update on two signees

Auburn HC Hugh Freeze met with local reporters during SEC media days and provided updates on two signees and their eligibility for the upcoming season.

Freeze feels "confident" that Quientrail Jamison-Travis, the No. 51 JUCO recruit in the class of 2023, will be eligible to play by the time the season starts.

Jamison-Travis is currently finishing classes at Iowa Western CC.

"I feel really good about (Jamison-Travis) right now," Freeze said. "He's finishing up his work and it looks promising there."

Decision soon for 4-star OL

It’s almost commitment time for Casey Poe.

Following his Auburn official visit, the offensive guard from Lindale, Texas, will visit Alabama before shutting down his recruitment and committing publicly on July 12.

So how was his visit to the Plains?

“It was great,” Poe said. "It was really fun. We got to build some real relationships – got to really know the coaches, we spent a lot of time with the coaches which was great for me. I’m a huge relationship guy so being able to just kind of build that one-on-one connection, it’s my second time being back in Auburn and so really getting to be on campus and get to know the coaches better and getting to see them in person, even going to their house, we saw Coach (Hugh) Freeze’s house, we saw Coach (Jake) Thornton’s house… It was a great time, we had a lot of fun.”

Lewis playing recruiting role for Auburn

Jayden Lewis has a different role than most of Auburn’s official visitors.

Instead of being recruited by Auburn, Lewis is recruiting for the Tigers during his visits to the Plains.

“It’s been going good,” Lewis said. “Really, the same thing every time I come; I love it here and I don’t see how anybody else wouldn’t love it here. I’m still recruiting guys – Cam Coleman, Perry Thompson, LJ (McCray). A couple of guys that I’m trying to get when they look like they’re ready to go ahead and pull the trigger.”

Lewis, who has been committed to the Tigers for four months now, returned to Auburn and is becoming “more comfortable” with the Plains each time he returns.

Auburn leaves 'good impression' on Hill

After months of trying, Daniel Hill finally made it to Auburn for the first time.

"I’m glad I finally got to come to Auburn," Hill said. "I’ve been trying to get up here for a few months now. Every time I tried, I had different things going on. As of right now, they’re in my top five. They really left a good impression on me and I really like what they had to offer me.

Listed as an athlete, the 6-foot-1 and 217 pound Hill has his eyes set on playing running back, and ever since he received an offer from Auburn, he’s been building his relationship with Carnell Williams

“We’ve had a good relationship for a while,” Hill said “We’ve been building up our relationship over the past few months. He really wanted me to come up here and see what they had to offer me and what he can do for me as a player not only, but also as a person. I really like that in him as a coach.”

House earns offer, will visit soon

An Auburn offer has flipped Kahlil House's recruitment.

House, originally from Warner Robins, Ga. played well enough at Auburn's OL/DL camp to earn an offer from Auburn, and it has boosted the Tigers to the top of his list and has him planning a return trip to the Plains.

“It changed the game. It’s changed my recruitment so far," House said. "I plan on setting an OV today, I’ll be announcing that soon. It’s really changed it. I’ve already shown interest here and I’ve already said in other [interviews] that I really am interested in Auburn because of how close to home it is and Auburn is a big school."

The interest on both sides is mutual as Auburn was telling the 6-foot-4 and 280-pound lineman that it "wants him bad."

Scott has "great" visit, nears a decision

Navarro Junior College forward Addarin Scott visited Auburn on Tuesday and walked away from the Plains impressed.

“Great visit," Scott said. "I got to see the campus, hang out with the guys. I got to talk with (Bruce Pearl). Great visit.”

During his time on campus, Scott sat with the Auburn coaching staff and chatted with them about their vision for the 6-foot-9 forward from Dallas, Texas.

“Come in and develop," Scott said. "They want me to come in and play the four and five, get better – really just help the team and develop my game.”

How Chad Baker-Mazara fits in at Auburn

Bruce Pearl and Auburn knocked out two birds with one stone with the pickup of Chad Baker-Mazara.

Standing at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Baker-Mazara fills Auburn's hole at wing while also providing the spot-up capability that the Tigers have lacked.

Last season at Northwest Florida State College, Baker-Mazara averaged 15.2 points per game and shot 47 percent from deep on 143 attempts.

Baker-Mazara will come to Auburn with a sharpshooter label, but there's more to his game than that.

Here is a deeper look:

Auburn sweeps doubleheader against Missouri

Auburn | For the second week in a row, Auburn swept a doubleheader to secure its fifth consecutive series win.

Led by Chase Allsup (1-1) Auburn shutout Missouri in game one 4-0. In game two, spearheaded by Konner Copeland (4-1) and three solo home runs, Auburn won 7-2.

Auburn improved its record to 32-19-1 and 16-13 in conference play and won its seventh consecutive SEC game which is Auburn's longest streak since 1995.

The two wins also guaranteed that Auburn will finish SEC play with a winning record for the second season in a row.

Auburn steals game two against No. 1 LSU

Auburn | With the clock eight minutes from midnight, Will Cannon faced a full count with two on and two out. Cannon got Tre Morgan to whiff at his final pitch to secure a massive resume-boosting 8-6 win for Auburn over No. 1 LSU from Plainsman Park.

“An amazing competitive spirit," said Auburn head coach Butch Thompson. "I thought we absolutely competed."

LSU got started in the second on an RBI single off of Auburn starter Tommy Vail that scored a man from second.

In the top of the third, LSU loaded the bases with no outs against Vail with Dylan Crews up, but Vail escaped the situation allowing just one run.

LSU again loaded the bases in the fourth, but Vail escaped it by forcing a Crews ground out.

Relationships key for Lawrence

Ex-Vanderbilt standout Tyrin Lawrence wrapped up his Auburn visit Saturday.

After three seasons in Nashville, the 6-foot-4 wing knows what he's wants — and Auburn can provide it.

"It was great, I enjoyed my time here with Bruce Pearl," Lawrence said. "They treated me like family, so it's been a great weekend."

Lawrence is transferring after three seasons with the Commodores. His commitment to a new school will be made based on one factor.

"It'd probably be solely based on relationships," Lawrence said. "(Bruce Pearl) has a good relationship with even a lot of his former players and current players, they speak highly of him and you know he’s always there for them for whatever they need."

Auburn falters after first inning, falls to Troy

After the first inning, Auburn led Troy 6-1. In the following eight innings, the Tigers added just one more run and allowed seven en route to an 8-7 loss to Troy on Tuesday at Plainsman Park.

The Trojans started off the scoring in the first with an RBI single and forced Auburn starter Hayden Murphy to throw 32 pitches in the first frame.

The Tigers immediately responded with a Bobby Peirce RBI single that tied the game. This was followed by a Cooper McMurray single that scored two runners and gave Auburn the lead. Kason Howell doubled home another run before Justin Kirby and Caden Green hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to cap off a six-run inning.

Johnson commits to Auburn

Auburn stayed in-state to grab its second portal commitment.

Chaney Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Alabaster, Ala., has committed to Auburn. Johnson played three seasons at the University of Huntsville and averaged 15.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during the 2022-23 season.

Johnson visited Auburn on Thursday and by the end, the Tigers had done enough to secure his signature.

"The campus was beautiful, but that was expected though, it’s Auburn," Johnson said. "I was making fun of Coach Pearl because I was like, it seems like one spec of grass is growing, someone comes with scissors and cut it. That’s how perfect everything looked. The facility was second to none. Everything was nice."

Lee continuing to 'flash' his potential

The buzz around Kayin Lee has been palpable.

The freshman cornerback’s play and work ethic during spring practice has turned the heads of both coaches and players.

“Kayin Lee is doing a great job,” said Auburn cornerbacks coach Wesley Mcgriff. “I mean, you got to think that this guy is supposed to be getting ready to go to the prom, but he’s in spring ball, making plays.”

Throughout camp, the 5-foot-11 corner’s name has been brought up consistently by Hugh Freeze with the Auburn head coach stating that Lee will see the field as a true freshman.

“Kayin Lee has just continued to catch our eye and flash,” Freeze said. “I just, I think he’s got a chance.”

Scouting the portal: Denver Jones

It's no secret that Auburn needs help at guard.

Bruce Pearl and his staff are in acquisition mode and they're targeting bigger and more efficient two guards in the transfer portal.

One of those targets is former Florida International guard Denver Jones.

Jones, a native of New Market, Ala., averaged 20.1 points per game in 2023 and shot 37 percent from long range.

What is Jones' play style? And how would he fit in Bruce Pearl's offense if he chooses Auburn?

Here's a deeper look:

First visit to Auburn 'refreshing' for 4-star DE

Dylan Stephenson made his first trip to Auburn and it didn’t disappoint.

The 6-foot-4 and 225-pound defensive end visited Auburn to watch spring practice.

“It was a lot to take in,” Stephenson said. “It was a great experience. I’m happy to be here.”

During Stephenson’s day on the Plains, there was something that stuck out about Auburn that wasn’t evident in the past.

“The vision,” he said. “They definitely have a plan in mind for the future and what’s going on and I really like that.”

Four-star LB has 'best visit yet' at Auburn

Sterling Dixon is currently committed to Alabama, but Hugh Freeze and his staff are making him think hard about Auburn.

The 4-star linebacker returned to Auburn on Monday to watch spring practice.

“They coming,” Dixon said about Auburn. “They on the come up. They’re making a big push, they’re making it hard for me to just sign with Alabama. I love it, it’s pretty cool.”

Dixon has made the trip to Auburn a few times, but this one topped the others for him.

“I got to talk to my position coach (Josh Aldridge), Coach Freeze, Coach (Zac) Etheridge and they showed me a lot of love,” Dixon said. “This was my best visit yet.”

Season full of what if's, resilience, comes to a close

Birmingham | A season full of what if's came to a close on Saturday.

After a nearly flawless first half in which Auburn led 41-31, the Tigers got outscored 50-23 in the final frame en route to an 81-64 loss against Houston.

This was a common tale for Auburn. At points, it had double-digit leads against teams like Alabama and Texas A&M but just wasn't able to finish out the games. Saturday was another chapter in that story.

"We had great halves in a whole season," said Dylan Cardwell. "We just never had a great game. And you could tell tonight, there is so much potential in this team, we had the chemistry… we had so much potential we just never put it together. I don’t know what it was, I don’t know what we could’ve done differently, but that’s pretty much it."
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