Texas Back Likes Tigers

Standout runner Russell Hansbrough talks about the Auburn Tigers and how his recruiting is going.

Arlington, Tex.--One of the top running backs in Texas, speedy Russell Hansbrough is a 5-8, 185 back that excels both running and catching the ball. Using his 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash, Hansbrough has been a standout for Bowie High since his sophomore season.

After rushing for over 1,000 yards that year in 2009, Hansbrough battled through concussion problems as a junior. Missing three full games he still managed to run for 950 yards, add more than 250 yards receiving, and scored five touchdowns in just seven games. He saved his best game for last as he had 177 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in a season ending loss to Midland High.

Despite his rough season Hansbrough has still managed to attract the attention of several top programs. With several offers already and more sure to follow, he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that at the moment two are at the top for him.

"Right now I have offers from Auburn, Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Missouri and TCU," Hansbrough said. "I would say Auburn and TCU are my favorites right now."

A visitor to Auburn last summer for a team passing camp that his team won, Hansbrough said that trip put the Tigers on the map for him. After having the chance to learn more about Auburn and watch them win the BCS National Championship he said things only got better.

"It helped me a lot," Hansbrough said of his visit. "It has been the best campus I have visited so far. It gave me a chance to get a feel for them.

"Before the season even started for Auburn my dad told me about how they put a lot of running backs in the NFL," Hansbrough said. "I like that about them and how they run the ball. I also like how good their offensive line is."

Needing help at the running back position, Auburn should be an attractive place for a back looking to see the field early. Making the Tigers even more enticing is an offense that not only puts up huge numbers but also uses a variety of players in the game plan.

"It's exciting because basically it's like my high school team right now," Hansbrough said. "We use a lot of different weapons. We don't have one or two players that get the ball. There are at least eight people touching the ball each game."

Planning to visit Auburn for the A-Day Game on April 16 as well as trips to Ole Miss and LSU scheduled, Hansbrough said while other players are making early decisions he plans to wait before pulling the trigger.

"I'm going to take my time," Hansbrough said. "I just want to go step by step and make the right decision."

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