Prolific Wide Receiver Likes Tigers

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A receiver who has more than, 2,500 receiving yards the past two seasons has scheduled an official visit to Auburn.

Birmingham, Ala.--Although he isn't the biggest receiver or fastest among the prospects for the 2002 signee class, few have put up bigger or more impressive numbers than Hewitt-Trussville High School star Lee Guess.

Although just 5-11, 170 pounds with 40-yard dash speed in the 4.5 range, Guess developed into a dominating force at receiver his junior season when he caught 87 passes for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns. That is more passing yardage than some high school teams account for in an entire season.

Also as a junior, he returned 27 kickoffs for 708 yards and one touchdown. Of the 90 catchable passes thrown his way, only three balls were not converted into completions.

As a senior he improved his numbers to 93 catches for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns with just four dropped passes. He again returned 27 kickoffs and gained 810 yards and scored one TD. Earlier this week, he was named a first team All-State wideout.

Auburn has been recruiting Guess and his teammate, quarterback Brandon Cox, since they put on an impressive performance at a team passing camp last summer on the AU campus.

"The colleges I have been talking to are Auburn, N.C. State and the past couple of weeks LSU called me and told me they were going to come up and visit me after the holidays," Guess says. He has an official visit set for Auburn on Jan. 11th and North Carolina State the following week.

The Hewitt-Trussville star is one of those receivers who has a knack for getting open. There is no doubt he has exceptional hands as a wideout, but that is not the only reason for the big numbers. "I guess I rely on my precise routes and cutting," he says.

When asked what college is his favorite, Guess says, "Auburn is probably on the top of my list right now because I know them a little better. I haven't made my decision yet. I talk to Terry Price. He is my area recruiter. When I have gone to Auburn I have talked to Coach Knox and Coach Mazzone." Greg Knox coaches the wide receivers for the Tigers and Noel Mazzone is the offensive coordinator. Guess was at Jordan-Hare Stadium on unofficial visits to see the Ole Miss game and Auburn-Alabama contest.

Lee Guess runs a route at a summer football camp prior to his senior season.

Guess had numerous strong games as a senior, but he has a favorite. "The one where I stepped up the most was against Shades Valley when we had to come back from behind in the second half," he says. "I caught a pretty good number of corner routes from Brandon (Cox)."

Guess and Cox have proven to be a dynamic duo after years of playing together. Guess says, "We have been playing together since the seventh grade. It is just natural. I know when he is going to look at me in or out (inside or outside). He knows how I can get my separation from the defensive back. We really work together pretty well." Guess notes that Cox is a strong leader in the huddle and an extremely accurate passer. Cox is scheduled to visit Auburn the same weekend as Guess and is also considering Florida, LSU and North Carolina State has also received some consideration.

Guess says doesn't have any particular receiver whose style of play he tries to emulate on the football field. He says his favorite wideout to watch is Minnesota Vikings star Randy Moss because "he always seems to be making big plays."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Jack Wood, the respected head coach at Hewitt-Trussville High, says there is no doubt in his mind that Guess will be successful as a college football player. "Lee has more than enough speed and his hands are exceptional," Wood says...Guess is a three-year starter who primarily played defensive back as a sophomore. He played both ways the past two seasons, but saw most of his action on offense...Guess is a strong student. He has a perfect grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honorary...Guess is currently playing basketball and is starting for the first time this season as a two guard. "I guess I am averaging about six points per game," he says. "I am more of a defensive player and don't really shoot as much as other people do. I guess you would call me a quick guard who is a defensive specialist."...This spring he plans to run the 100, 200 and 400 for the Hewitt-Trussville track team.

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