June 8, 2007

Running back group loaded for AU camp

Eddie Gran will have his hands full this weekend, and he won't mind it one bit.

The Tiger running back coach is expected to have at least five of the country's top RB recruits competing in AU's first prospect camp of the summer.

Gran is accustomed to seeing top-flight backs at camp -he had Enrique Davis and Caleb King in last summer- just not so many … at the same time.

Daphne (Ala.) RB Reggie Hunt, Fort Meade (Fla.) RB Onterrio McCalebb, Wylie (Texas) RB Chris Givens, Miami (Fla.) Archbishop Carroll ATH George Baker and one of the nation's top juniors in Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert RB David Oku are all expected to be on the Plains.

Hunt, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, was recently rated a four-star prospect and a member of the Rivals250. Not surprising considering he averaged 14 yards per carry as a junior and scored a dozen touchdowns. His long list of offers includes Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Clemson, West Virginia and South Carolina among many others.

Going into the camp, Auburn trails West Virginia, Georgia and Florida for his services.

Like Hunt, McCalebb already possesses an offer from Auburn. He's also picked up ones from Ole Miss, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Kentucky, among others, and could be getting close to a Miami offer.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder rushed for 1,500 yards as a junior, as well as won the Florida 1A state title in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.

"I have never been to Auburn before so it will give me a chance to check out the school, and also perform well for the coaches while I'm there," McCalebb said.

Givens, who arrived in Auburn Friday morning, is trying to earn an Auburn offer. The 6-foot, 200-pounder played in just one game as a junior before tearing his ACL. He has since recovered from the injury and recently ran a 10.38 100-meters in the spring. He also rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns in the spring game.

Even though he doesn't have many credentials on the gridiron, college coaches like what they have seen from him on the track, and in the spring. Givens has since picked up offers from Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Utah, UNLV and North Texas.

"I want to get down (to AU) and check out the campus, meet the coaches, compete and hopefully do well," said Givens.

*** The camp will get underway Saturday afternoon and will conclude Sunday around noon.

Stay tuned to AuburnSports.com for complete coverage of the camp including camp reports, video, photos and prospect updates.

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