Niceville, Fla.--A player that committed to the Auburn Tigers following a Big Cat Weekend visit in May of 2015, four-star wide receiver Elijah Stove made it official on Wednesday when he signed with the Tigers at a ceremony at Niceville High School.
Rated the No. 32 wide receiver in the country by Scout, the 6-0, 175 Stove is a talented player that should be a great fit in Gus Malzahn’s system. Despite strong attempts from Florida, Miami and several other schools to sway Stove in the end his relationship with the coaching staff and in particular Dameyune Craig was a big reason why he stuck with the Tigers.
“They stuck with me through everything,” Stove said. “They were probably the first school that was really on me about everything. They were just true to their word.
"It's just the family-like system for me at Auburn," he added. "It really doesn't take much to make me feel at home, but they did a lot. I feel like if I go there it will be another home for me. I'm comfortable there every time I go."
That was something that was also important for the family said his dad Langston Stove. A military man that knows the importance of family after having to move off and on throughout the years, he said the feel at Auburn just put all of them at ease and made the move the right one for his son.
"I knew he was going to pick somewhere he felt comfortable no matter the history of the school," Langston Stove said. "He had to feel comfortable with the coaches, the area, and with the school itself. We just felt comfortable every time we went to Auburn as a family. It was just the atmosphere."
With the losses of Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray from last year’s wide receiver group and with Marcus Davis and Tony Stevens both seniors in 2015, Stove is a player that should provide early dividends for Auburn’s offense. As a senior he made 50 catches for 728 yards and nine touchdowns while finishing with 978 all-purpose yards and 11 total scores. Combined with the rest of a talented wide receiver group Stove said he's looking forward to the future on the Plains.
"I think we're going to be a solid receiving corps," Stove said. "A lot of us play different positions and have our own special things to bring to the team. I think it's going to be good."