Big Cat Commit: Stove Chooses Tigers

Four-star WR Elijah Stove became the first Big Cat commitment for the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

Niceville, Fla.--One of the top wide receiver prospects in the country, four-star Elijah Stove has had the Auburn Tigers as one of his favorites since last summer when he visited for a camp on the Plains. On Saturday he ended his recruiting while in town for Big Cat Weekend, committing to the Tigers over Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia and others.

"I already knew I was going to commit like early on, but I didn't really want to say anything," Stove said. "I just kept talking to my parents and my friends and all them and they said it was the right decision.

"I knew the last time I visited here," he added. "It's basically just coming back and hearing the same thing. I want the school to be focused on school and football and I know this is a good place for school. Basically it's an amazing place."

Getting at least a pair of playmakers at wide receiver in this class is a must for the Tigers with Duke Williams, Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray all seniors in 2015 and several more juniors in the group. That is something that was important for him when choosing Auburn.

"It's going to be some recovery because they are seniors and I'll be a freshman," Stove said. "I think it will plan out well. I think they'll probably end up getting more receivers. I'm trying to get Nate (Nate Craig) back."

Something else important in the process for Stove was his relationship with Craig. Getting to know him first when Craig was still at Florida State, the two have built a strong bond.

"That was real important for me," Stove said. "Some coaches that I have been talking to, they talk to me then they stop talking to me and then they ask why haven't I visited. It's because they haven't hit me up or I have hit them up and they haven't contacted me back. It's different between me and him. We just keep on talking."

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