Roc On: 5-Star Running Back Pledges to Auburn

Auburn picked up a commitment on Friday from the nation's No. 3 rated tailback prospect.

Oxford, Ala.--Five-star running back Racean Thomas from Oxford High committed to Auburn on Friday, choosing Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers over Alabama and many other colleges.

Thomas, a standout at Oxford High School since his sophomore season, is a 5-11, 202-pound rising senior. The running back announced his commitment via Twitter, stating, "Officially committed to the... Auburn Tigers."

Oxford High's athletic director and Coach Ryan Herring confirmed the commitment from Thomas, who is on the Auburn campus taking an unofficial visit.

"I knew Auburn treated him well and had done a heck of a job recruiting him and building a relationship with him," Herring said. "It's one of those deals where everybody in the country wanted him. Southern Cal, Texas, Oregon and all of the schools in the Southeast were flying in and giving him offers. He has a special talent and they saw it on film.

"He has done a great job of not letting it get in the way of what we've got going on right now, which is his senior year," the Oxford coach added. "I have been real proud of the way he has handled all this."

A combination of speed and elusiveness make Thomas one of the top prospects in the country. He is considered one of the top running back prospects to come out of the state of Alabama in recent years.

"I have told people this for a few months now since spring training, he's a next level player," Herring said. "I'm not talking about Division I, he's an NFL football player. If he stays healthy he's going to play on Sunday. I have no doubts about that. That's basically what sets him apart from a lot of big-time recruits is that this kid is going to play in the NFL one day."

He rushed for 1,768 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior for the Yellow Jackets. He had offers from Florida, LSU, Oregon, Texas, Southern Cal and many others.

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