Talented Running Back To Be A Tiger

This running back from one of the top programs in the country has decided to attend school at Auburn.

Lilburn, Ga.--One of the top running back prospects in the South put an end to his recruiting early in the process on Tuesday when he announced his intention to become a Tiger.

Perhaps the fastest running back in the region this year, the 5-10, 170 Brad Lester had schools all over the country vying for his services, but in the end decided Auburn was the best fit for his skills.

"Coming back from Virginia I thought a lot about my decision and decided that Auburn is the best place for me," Lester told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I think Auburn is a greal good fit.

"When I made my decision today and called Coach (Eddie) Gran at Auburn, I felt good about it. I like the tradition they have at Auburn for developing running backs and I am looking forward to going there."

A dangerous receiver out of the backfield as well as runner, Lester played tailback and wide receiver last season for the three-time state champions and finished with 1,621 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns. Splitting time with Troy State signee Sean Dawkins, he managed to showcase his skills enough to get his interest level up heading into the summer before his senior season. That's when the offers started pouring in. Hearing from South Carolina, Virginia, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech, he decided that Jordan-Hare Stadium would be a fitting home for the next few years of his life.

Brad Lester at Auburn's passing came earlier this summer.

"Auburn was really the first school I saw and that was my sophomore year," Lester told Jamie Newberg of TheInsiders.com. "They called in May and I just feel real comfortable with them. They have great academics and they produce great running backs. The running back coach is super and I love their campus. Man the pressure is off. Now I can start focusing on my senior season."

Capable of taking a game over either with his running or receiving skills, Lester was a standout at both the 7-on-7 team passing camp at Auburn and later the Senior Skills camp on the Plains. Recording a 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds, a shuttle run time of 4.12 seconds and a 42-inch vertical leap, Lester put all doubts aside about his abilities on the football field with his quick feet and good hands. Also an outstanding defensive back, he could play that position on the collegiate level, but his future is definitely on the offensive side of the ball.

He joins earlier commitments Greg Wilkerson, Marcus Carter, Blake Shrader and Courtney Harden as players who have pledged to play for the Tigers.

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