Daphne Standout RB Discusses Visit to Auburn

Running back T.J. Yeldon discusses recruiting and his return visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Daphne, Ala.--T.J. Yeldon, who is one of the top in-state football prospects for the 2012 signee class, was back in Auburn over the weekend to spend time with Coach Gene Chizik and his staff.

A little more than two months earlier Yeldon scored his team's only touchdown as Daphne High School edged Hoover 7-6 to win the Class 6A state football championship. He also had a big run on third down and nine on which he gained 16 yards to ice the victory for the Trojans, who finished the season 15-0.

"Winning that championship meant a lot to me," Yeldon tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "When I was growing up everybody was telling me were going to win one before we graduate and we got one, and it feels great. We are going back to try to win another next season."

Yeldon finished his junior season with 1,112 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. He added 34 receptions for 504 yards and five touchdowns.

Commenting on his latest visit to Auburn, he says, "I got to see everything I didn't get to see the last two times I visited. I met with all of the coaches. I had a good time with Coach (Curtis) Luper and Coach (Gus) Malzahn at the basketball game. I hung out with them all day.

"I saw how I would be able to fit in with the offense if I go to Auburn and I learned a lot about the academics," he adds. "They laid out my four-year plan. They explained to me how I will fit in their offense."

Yeldon says that Curtis Luper, who coaches the running backs, made it clear to the junior that they consider him a priority recruit. "They only have two running backs now, (Onterio) McCalebb and (Michael) Dyer, and they usually have four. They are looking for two good running backs. They said they are going to take the top running back in the state and they told me they are going to look at me before looking at anyone out of the state."

T.J. Yeldon

Yeldon has excellent size for a tailback, but says he isn't happy with his current size of 6-1 1/2, 202 pounds. "I lost weight playing basketball, but now that the season is over I will start gaining it back," he explains. "This year I am probably going to get to 215 or 220. I have a trainer for that and I am going to be on a diet to help me get bigger."

A prospect with excellent speed, Yeldon says he has a best time of 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. However, despite the speed he is bypassing the track and field season so he can prepare on getting ready for his senior season in football.

"My goal is to get to 2,000 yards rushing and have 25 rushing touchdowns," Yeldon says.

The running back says he is up to double figures in scholarship offers with four new ones. "Florida offered me, then Georgia and then Penn State and Clemson offered me," he notes.

The running back says he doesn't have a favorite at the moment and is no rush to pick his college destination. "It is going to be after my senior year," he says.

Commenting on what factors he will use in making a choice, he says. "It will be about family and getting close with my future teammates and just everyone at the college."


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