Westry: Picking Auburn Feels Right

Tall defensive back Chris Westry has pledged to play for the Auburn Tigers.

Orange Park, Fla.--It didn’t take long for Chris Westry to decide that he wanted to play college football for the Auburn Tigers after getting a scholarship offer from Coach Gus Malzahn’s staff.

On Thursday the six-foot-four, 180-pound defensive back from Oakleaf High School announced that he has committed to the Tigers. That came after he was a standout performer at an Auburn football camp over the weekend.

“It wasn’t a hard decision to choose Auburn,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “I feel like Auburn is like a real family. I really liked it there. I really liked the surroundings.”

Chris Westry

Westry is Auburn's 18th verbal commitment for the 2015 signee class. Rated a three-star safety by Scout.com, Auburn is recruiting him to play cornerback.

Westry, who also had an offer from the Florida Gators, pointed out that he is building a bond with Charlie Harbison, who coaches the safeties for the Tigers, and Melvin Smith, who works with the cornerbacks.

“That was a real big factor in my decision,” said Westry, who ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at Auburn's camp. “I actually like them a lot. They and my high school coaches are no different in that they both care for me.”

“They care for me about what I will be doing on the field and what I will be doing off the field,” added Westry, who the Tigers are recruiting to be a tall cornerback, something that has been a point of emphasis for the defensive staff.

“They want me to develop into a better player and a better person," he said, noting that it felt right to make a decision before his senior year starts to play for the defending SEC champions.

Auburn's coaches saw a player who showed good cornerback skills in their camp, the position they are recruiting him to play even though he is six-foot-four. “I can play on another level than a guy who is 5-8 and even 6-0 tall,” Westry said. “I can do a few more things. I’m just blessed to be the size I am and as athletic as I am. It’s all God.”

In addition to SEC schools Auburn and Florida, Westry had offers from UCF, FIU and Ohio University. His Auburn offer came on Sunday after he put on a strong performance on the AU campus.

Coach Malzahn just said they liked how I moved in the camp," he said. "It’s a very good feeling for me, but my key thing is to stay humble because you never know what might happen tomorrow. I just want to keep humble and keep faith in God.

“Coming to the camp it was probably one of the nicest camps I have been to,” he added. “The coaches and players actually interact with you. I like that a lot and I learned a lot from the camp. I performed well. I really liked the indoor facility. I feel like it was worth the seven hours it took to come up from Jacksonville.”

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