Auburn Commitment Sets Bama Official Visit

<b>Ali Sharrief</b> is a 5-10, 200 pound, running back/linebacker for North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Alabama. Sharrief made an early commitment to the Auburn Tigers but took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to attend the Alabama/Mississippi State game. He came away impressed.

"I was down there (Tuscaloosa) this weekend for an unofficial visit. I liked it. It was really nice down there. I was able to speak with Coach Ball and Coach Shula, but I didn't get a chance to speak with any of the players," said Ali Sharrief.

One thing really sticks out to Sharrief as he set his first official visit with the Tide.

"I set my visit with Alabama for December 10. I really like it because they play freshman, and they told me I could play early. I have not set a visit with Auburn yet. Alabama and Auburn will be the only two schools I visit."

Alabama defensive backs coach, Coach Chris Ball, has been recruiting Sharrief since the beginning.

"Coach Ball is my recruiting coach. He is cool and I really like him. We always have really good conversations. I really want to go to school and make my momma and daddy proud. I love football and I just want to make them happy," Sharrief added.

"I think my final decision will be made in February. I don't really know what I will be looking for on my visit. The reason I am taking my visit to Alabama, I just want to. The coaches really want me to be down there, and I like that I can play early," said Sharrief.

Sharrief will not attend this year's Iron Bowl.

"I am going to go to the Auburn/Georgia game this weekend. I don't think I am going to go to the Alabama/Auburn game. It will just be too deep for me. You never know what is going to happen in that game. Both teams are going to come out and play their best. Alabama has the number one ranked defense in the country and if they had Brodie (Croyle), I think they would be ranked #4 in the country."

Understandably, Auburn's season has not disappointed Sharrief.

"They are a good team this year. When I was young, I always wanted to go to Auburn, and I always liked them. I just want to play football," Sharrief said.

North Jackson (8-2) will host Chelsea (7-3) for the first round of the playoffs.

"We won our last regular season game against Scottsboro, 30-27. I had over two hundred total yards with three touchdowns. We play Chelsea this week at Home. I think it will be a good game. I know they have a good running back. Hopefully, we can get a win."

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