Defensive End Says He Will Sign With AU

Auburn's latest public verbal commitment played on one of the state's top high school football teams.

Camden, Ala.--Add another football verbal commitment for the Tigers at a position where Auburn is looking for immediate help.

Christopher Browder, a 6-5, 216-pound, 4.65 defensive end from Wilcox Central High, says that he plans to sign with the Tigers on Feb. 6th.

An early commitment to Alabama, he began reconsidering that decision in November and then he says three weeks earlier he called Auburn assistant coach Joe Whitt to tell him that he would be coming to Auburn instead of Bama.

After word of that change of mind leaked out of Tuscaloosa, Browder told Inside the Auburn Tigers that it is true and that he does not plan to switch again. "I really like Auburn," he says. "The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Auburn is where I want to go."

On a team loaded with talented players, Browder is the prize recruit. Wilcox Central stormed through the regular season unbeaten before falling in the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs to end their season at 12-1.

With football finished for 2001, he has turned his attention to basketball. Browder is averaging eight points and 12 rebounds per game. "In basketball, we are basically rebuilding this year but we have a great young center named Michael Williams. He is six-foot-eight and he is a player you will hear about because he is really good," Browder says.

Auburn is graduating three of its top four defensive ends in James Callier, Javor Mills and Alton Moore. Browder says that Joe Whitt, who handles the Camden area for Auburn, did a good job of recruiting him and made the point quite clear about AU's needs at end.

"I think there is a great opportunity for me to come in and play right away at Auburn," Browder says. "Now it is up to me to take care of my business academically. I am taking care of my grades and need just a little bit more on my college board test. I am retaking it and think I will get that taken care of."

Christopher Browder says he wants to be a Tiger.

Browder is scheduled to be on campus for an official visit to Auburn on Jan. 11th. That will be the first weekend that AU will be hosts for official visits in January.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Browder says his best game this past season came against Thomasville when he was a one-man wrecking crew with 18 tackles...In addition to the Tigers and the Tide, Browder says he has scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Troy State and Middle Tennessee State...Browder helped his team shut out six of its 10 regular season opponents...Browder also saw spot duty at tight end, but says he is definitely scheduled to be a defensive end at Auburn...Browder says he maxed out at 280 pounds on the bench press in preseason last summer. He was slowed some in the offseason by a hamstring injury, but made a complete recovery and was a dominant player as a senior who recorded more than 100 tackles and more than 20 quarterback sacks.


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