Tigers Add Key Recruit For 2004 Signee Class

Another Florida prep star picks the Tigers.

Plantation, Fla.--Plantation High's Darrell Strong has committed to Auburn, choosing the Tigers over the Pitt Panthers.

The 6-4 1/2, 238-pounder played quarterback as a senior, but has been recruited by colleges as an athlete who could play a variety of positions, including tight end. He also played receiver and safety in high school.

Strong originally committed to Pitt last summer, but says that decision was premature and that he regretted doing that. However, the Panthers turned out to be Auburn's competition down the stretch. He also took official visits to Mississippi State and Temple, a pair of colleges who were recruiting him as a quarterback.

"I like the school at Pitt," Strong says. "I can say the same thing about Auburn and it is closer to home. Both schools have a good football program."

Strong, who played quarterback in the Dade-Broward all-star game, threw for 1,000-plus passing yards with 16 touchdowns while completing 68.7 percent of his passes with just three interceptions in his first season as a QB.

He also ran for 423 yards and seven TDs directing a run-oriented Wing-T offense. He helped his team to an 11-2 record by also playing defensive back in spot duty. He was a starting receiver as a junior.

He says his best game came against Taravella last season. "That was a good one," he says. "I completed nine passes for more than 200 yards with five of them going for touchdowns. I also ran for 40-something yards on two carries."

With 4.6 speed in the 40 and good size with a frame to easily add even more weight, he is a key recruit for the Tigers, who have been looking to pick up a tight end for the 2004 signee class.

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