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January 31, 2011

Auburn nabs former Texas Tech commit

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When the nation's No. 2 cornerback, four-star Marcus Roberson of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., committed to Texas Tech two weeks ago, it seemed too good to be true for the Red Raiders.

Apparently, it was.

Roberson announced Monday that he now is committed to Auburn.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Roberson planned on waiting until Wednesday, National Signing Day, to announce his decision, but said he didn't see any reason to wait.

"I know Auburn is where I want to go," Roberson said Monday morning. "That's the school I'm comfortable with. I've wanted to go to Auburn since the beginning.

"There is just something about Auburn that I love. There is a lot of history, a lot of tradition. I just feel Auburn is the best place for me."

Roberson chose the Tigers over offers from Florida, Texas Tech, USC, Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Miami, among others. He committed to Texas Tech two weeks ago, but reopened his recruitment before choosing the Tigers.

Roberson is Auburn's 23rd commitment in the 2011 class.

Thomas heads north

Five-star athlete De'Anthony Thomas made a surprise and relatively secretive trip to Eugene, Ore., last weekend. There have been reports that the Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw standout is close to switching his commitment but that is premature at this time, according to sources.

There are a few things that might hold up a switch: Thomas doesn't like being too far from home and he especially doesn't like the cold weather. Also, the five-star standout is extremely close with Keyshawn Johnson, so making a switch so quickly could be difficult to do.

Victor Blackwell, a fellow USC commit, said he doesn't believe Thomas would make the switch. The two talked about Thomas' visit to Oregon, about the facilities and all the Nike influence there, but still Blackwell feels Thomas is sticking with USC.

There had also been rumors that Thomas was trying to lure five-star wide receiver George Farmer from USC and to Oregon with him, but that chatter was quickly squashed Sunday night when a source close to Farmer said there is absolutely no way Farmer would do that. The source said Farmer, rated as the third-best player in the 2011 class, is definitely sticking with USC.

More recruiting notes

Puka Lopa visited California last weekend and the Golden Bears have to be considered one of his favorites. But the Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive end said he's holding off on making an announcement until National Signing Day. The thinking is that since Lopa and Grant teammate Viliami Moala, a Cal pledge, are close friends, they're going to go to the same college. Lopa said that's not necessarily the case. Cal is high on his list but he's also strongly considering Oregon State and UCLA.

Lake City (Fla.) Columbia defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan took his final official visit to Tennessee last weekend. After the visit, the four-star is ready to make his final decision on Wednesday and has three schools standing out.

"Florida State, LSU and Tennessee. You know, those three I'm really looking at the hardest," Jernigan told Volquest.com. "I'm just going to lay down the pros and cons of all three and just pray on it man, that's all I can do. Because I really feel like there isn't such a thing as a bad choice, and I feel like it's just finding the best choice."

After several weeks of worrying whether or not star quarterback Kevin Sousa would be swayed by other suitors, Wake Forest fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Deacons Illustrated spoke with Sousa about his intentions to sign with Wake on Wednesday.

Over the past few weeks, Miami and USF have been trying to pry the three-star quarterback from the Deacs. After an official visit this weekend to USF, Sousa decided that he had seen enough and was ready to make his final decision.

Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) linebacker Kent Turene officially visited Texas Tech this weekend, ending a three-week stretch of visits and six-month commitment to USC.

Sunday morning, Turene announced he was decommitting from USC and officially re-opening his recruitment.

"I texted the USC coaches to let them know I was decommitted, but I haven't heard from them yet," Turene told USCFootball.com on Sunday afternoon. "I was on the plane coming home."



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