2016 Running Back Talks Tigers

2016 running back Jalin Buie discusses what he likes about the Auburn Tigers and why he committed on Thursday.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Already with one commitment for the 2016 class in tight end Landon Rice, the Auburn Tigers added a second on Thursday when speedy running back Jalin Buie from Trinity Christian School chose the Tigers over South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Vanderbilt and several other schools.

A 5-8, 181-pounder who ran for over 1,527 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a sophomore, Buie says that he just likes everything about the Tigers and Coach Gus Malzahn right now and wanted to jump onboard.

"I just love Coach Gus and how much he runs the ball," Buie tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Watching Tre Mason it really just made me want to go to Auburn. Watching them this season it showed me they have a team that is determined and by any means necessary they are trying to come away with the win. You can tell there is good team chemistry around Auburn."

Even though he still has two years left before his signing day, Buie says one of the reasons he wanted to go ahead and make his decision was to begin to build a stronger bond with his future coaches and teammates. That's something that is huge for a player as he heads off to college and he notes it's something he didn't want to miss out on.

"I really just wanted to start building a relationship with the coaches," he says. "I watched my brother (Andrew Buie). He held out until signing day to let everyone know his decision, but someone committed before him and he couldn't go to Auburn. That's why he ended up at West Virginia. I feel like if I can go ahead and start building my relationship with the coaches now and go up and get myself acquainted with the players and stuff then it would be great."

The younger brother of former West Virginia standout Andrew Buie, who led the Mountaineers in rushing in 2012, Buie says that he learned a lot from watching him during the process and leaned on him for advice.

"Having my brother around, he really just talked to me about making smart decisions," he notes. "He told me to be sure that's really what I wanted to do and not to put myself in a bad situation.

"We talked about what we liked about the Auburn offense," Buie adds. "Coach Gus is very creative offensive guy. You never know what you're going to get from his offense, from the read-option to the dive to the pass."

A shifty runner who has surprising power for a back his size, Buie is obviously a similar runner to his older brother but also has some of the same traits as Auburn's Tre Mason. Developing into a power runner in his three years at Auburn, Mason has become a grinder for the Tigers and Buie says he's not there just yet.

"With Tre I see more of a downhill runner, a big back," Buie says. "With me I see more shifty, not really so much running guys over but shaking them and running past them."

With several highly-rated teammates including Kevin Toliver (LSU commitment), Kendrick Norton (Florida commitment) and uncommitted standouts Ben Edwards and Jeffrey Holland, Buie says his job is now to start talking up Auburn to try to bring a group with him to the Plains.

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