Talented Defensive End Selects Tigers

This big-play specialist has given a commitment to the Auburn Tigers.

Summit, Miss.--Auburn picked up its third verbal commitment of the weekend when athletic defensive end Christopher Browder gave his pledge to be a Tiger on Sunday. The 6-4, 240-pounder with 4.5 speed originally signed with Alabama out of Wilcox-Central High, but plans to be on the Plains next fall.

In just nine games this season at Southwest Mississippi Junior College Browder finished with 99 tackles, three caused fumbles, four sacks, eight tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hurries. A versatile player, his coach says Browder has the ability to play either linebacker or defensive end in college and will be an asset to the Auburn program.

"He has only been here in a year and a half and Auburn knew he was here," Coach Doug Lucas says. "They came asking about him, wondering about him for next year, and starting looking at his transcripts. They found out that he may be available. He still has to do some work to get out of here, but if he passes everything he's got he should be fine."

One positive for Browder is that because he sat out his first semester of junior college, instead of enrolling right away, he has three years of eligibility left at Auburn. That is a huge plus for a player that is expected to be in for fall practice in August.

An All-State performer at Wilcox-Central, Browder was one of the top linebacker prospects in the South coming out two years ago. Leading his team to an undefeated regular season Browder had 136 tackles and 29 sacks as a senior. He finished his career with 45 sacks.

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