Tigers Add 14th Public Verbal Commitment

Auburn's 2005 recruiting class continues to grow.

Decatur, Ala.--Cornerback Jerraud Powers, who took an official visit to Auburn this weekend, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he will sign with Auburn.

He picked Auburn over Alabama, where he visted earlier in the December, and Ole Miss.

Jerraud Powers

The Decatur High standout was a finalist for the Class 6A Back of the Year Award.

Powers said he enjoyed his official visit to check out the Tigers. He was one of six prospects who visited Friday through Sunday.

The top cornerback prospect in Alabama this year and one of the best in the South, the 5-9, 170 Powers had dozens of scholarship offers, but says that his list is down to just two. After visiting both Auburn and Alabama officially and several times unofficially, Powers says that he's just about ready to make his choice.

Hosted on his visit to Auburn by senior All-American safety Junior Rosegreen, Powers says that he got a chance to see the program inside and out from one of the Tigers' biggest ambassadors on campus. That includes watching the Tigers practice on Saturday, an experience that he says was important for him because it shows him the day-to-day workings of the program.

"The practices were obviously the biggest highlight for me because you see what they do on a regular basis throughout the season," Powers says. "That was pretty big. Probably the other highlight was hanging around Junior Rosegreen, who has been here. That was pretty big too to see what he does.

"It was neat actually," Powers says of spending time with Rosegreen. "I called him All-American the whole weekend. It was neat because I know he'll be in the NFL next year. Just to be around him was pretty good."

Having the opportunity to see Auburn practice and watch defensive coordinator Gene Chizik in action was something Powers says was important for him to see. He also wanted to see how the players responded and acted on the practice field and he notes that he was pleased with what he saw out of the team in that aspect.

"It helps you and you see how much fun they have," Powers says. "It helps you because you don't want to go anywhere where you're not going to have fun. To see what they do on a regular basis it tells you as a player whether or not you're going to like it. That was pretty big."

(More to come.)

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