Yeldon Makes Return Trip to Auburn

Running back T.J. Yeldon talks about why Auburn is one of his favorite colleges.

Daphne, Ala.--Highly-regarded running back T.J. Yeldon made a return visit to Auburn on Saturday and said his college choice will likely boil down to in-state programs Auburn or Alabama.

The running back who helped Daphne win the 2010 Class 6A state championship says he is probably going to make his college choice in January and announce it at the 2011 U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.

Yeldon arrived in Auburn in time to watch the Tigers have their first full contact practice of the spring. "It was my first time seeing practice," he said. "I liked it because they only have two (scholarship) running backs and the rest of them are walk-ons."

The prospect, who also visited Auburn in late February, says he hung out with Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper, who he calls "a great man." Yeldon notes that he also has a good relationship with the coaches at Alabama including the head man, Nick Saban.

At 6-1, 1/2 and 200-plus pounds with a goal of getting to around 215 for his senior season and a best time of 4.43 seconds in the 40 yard dash, Yeldon is a recruit in high demand. He notes his most recent offer came from LSU and says that Luper and the Auburn coaches have made it very clear to him that they believe he is a good fit for what the Tigers do when they have the football.

T.J. Yeldon was in Auburn on Saturday for the Tigers' junior day.

Yeldon says he grew up a fan of Alabama football, but says he was just casual about it and that will have no bearing on his college choice. "I like Auburn," he says. "I really like them."

He notes that his college destination will likely be either Auburn or Tuscaloosa because his parents want him to stay close to home and because he likes both programs.

Yeldon rushed for 1,112 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior and caught 34 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns. He says that he plans to return to Auburn in May for the Tigers' Big Cat Weekend, an event that attracts highly-regarded prospects to the AU campus.

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