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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Auburn picking up steam

By Chris Low

Auburn is closing signing day with a flurry and doing some serious damage in South Florida.

In a span of a few minutes on Wednesday, the Tigers got the news that a pair of ESPNU 150 players — offensive tackle Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and receiver Ricardo Louis of Miami Beach — would be playing their college football on the Plains.

The 6-5, 292-pound Young is ranked by ESPN as the No. 8 offensive tackle in the country. He picked Auburn over Florida and Georgia.

The 6-2, 200-pound Louis is ranked by ESPN as the No. 5 athlete in the country. He had been committed to Auburn since the spring, but then briefly committed to Florida State after Gus Malzahn left for the Arkansas State head coaching job. So the Tigers were ecstatic to hold onto Louis.

Auburn needs playmakers at the receiver position, which makes the addition of Louis and JaQuay Williams all the more important for the Tigers.