Big Defender To Visit Tigers

One of the top defensive players in Alabama lists Auburn as one of his favorites.

Defensive end Ben Grubbs from Elmore County High School, located just outside Montgomery in the small town of Eclectic, says that he has whittled his list down from almost ten schools this summer to a manageable three at this time.

"It would be Auburn, LSU and Alabama," he notes. "In Auburn I like the coaches pretty good and I know some of the players over there from previous meetings. I know some of the players personally. Auburn is not too far and it's not too close so I can be away from home a little bit.

"In Alabama I like the tradition basically. They are known for winning championships and winning the conference and all that. LSU is going to have a young team next year so that's the main factor with them. I can get early playing time there."

Ben Grubbs is shown playing linebacker as a senior.

Already with official visits set for Alabama on December 19 and Auburn on January 17, Grubbs notes that he's beginning to get a feel for what each school has to offer. Although he won't make a decision until he visits LSU later this year, the 6-4, 247 Grubbs says that once he finds the right place he won't hesitate to let his intentions be known.

Although he had a disappointing senior season as his team didn't make the playoffs, it wasn't because he didn't uphold his end of the bargain. Playing middle linebacker, he finished with 115 tackles with three sacks and one interception. Moving from tight end to fullback on offense during the season, Grubbs rushed for two touchdowns in mainly spot duty and short yardage situations. A weight room junkie, he benches 375 pounds and squats 555.

Being recruited as a defensive end by most schools because of his combination of size and speed, Grubbs says that he pays attention to the depth charts and returnees at his position when he considers a school. At a position where a freshman can come in and make an impact, the physical Grubbs says that he wants to come in and play immediately, or at least be given that chance. "I wouldn't mind being redshirted, but I would love to have the opportunity to show what I can do and that's what I have been told by all three schools. As long as I have the opportunity the rest will come with hard work, which I can do."

Grubbs has been to AU on unofficial visits this fall to watch games.

Planning on majoring in Computer Engineering or Computer Analysis, Grubbs isn't a high school athlete who is going to college without knowing what field he wants to study. With a set plan and goals, he says there are definitely things he'll take into account when choosing a school. "The main thing is education. I'm looking for a good academic program. Of course, I want a school that has engineering or my other major that I'm thinking about, architecture."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Sometimes players choose a particular school because of friendships that develop during the recruiting process. For Auburn, the friendship may actually be one born two years ago when a young Grubbs made the trip to Birmingham to watch the Super 6 at Legion Field. That day he had a chance to meet a linebacker from Southern Choctaw named Spencer Johnson, and the two have been fast friends ever since. "My coach and Spencer came from the same high school," Grubbs notes. "I saw him play two years ago in the playoffs and that was my first time meeting him. That's how I know Spencer. He calls sometimes and I'll call him as well."

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