Auburn coaches visit Mobile in limo

Updated: April 29, 2009, 3:58 PM ET
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A stretch limousine still makes a big impression. Just ask the Auburn football program, which used one Monday to reassert the Tigers' recruiting presence in its home state.

[+] EnlargeAuburn recruiting limousine
Van E Golden/Davidson High SchoolAuburn's football coaches are making the rounds in style in Alabama.

On Monday, the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reported, seven Auburn assistant coaches permitted by the NCAA to make recruiting visits piled into a limo decorated with Auburn decals and flags and headed south to Mobile, an important in-state recruiting ground for the Tigers.

The coaches visited a number of high schools in the Gulf Coast city, which is expected to produce a number of prospects for the recruiting class of 2010. Similar visits in other Alabama communities are expected to take place this week, according to the report.

"The importance of the state of Alabama to us will be very evident starting next week," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Monday, according to the report. "One of our goals is to fight and get Mobile back. Mobile is paramount to Auburn football."

The limo created a buzz in Mobile, Bobby Parish, the coach at Williamson High School, told the Press-Register. "Everybody wanted to know who was in the Auburn limo," he said.

"I think it makes a statement that they want to come back and heavily recruit Mobile," Parish said, according to the report. "Oh man, I think it was great. Usually only one coach comes, but the offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator came. I think it was great for them to come by."

Davidson High School coach Fred Riley said the Auburn contingent arrived at his school at lunch and stayed through the school's varsity athletics period, according to the report.

"Auburn owned Mobile for a long time. Alabama's had a couple of really good years in Mobile," Riley said, according to the newspaper. "I think it was a message that Mobile's a battleground, and we're all here to stake our claim."