Six-foot-nine-inch tight end Justin Bruce has nothing but positive things to say about the program he will sign with on Feb. 6th.
"I met a lot of the players," he says of his official visit. "Michael Lindsey was my host and he showed me what it was like around the campus and town. Everybody is real nice and they are easy to talk to. I had a great time.
"We played Play Station II with some of the players and then we went to the Blue Room and just relaxed and laid back a little bit. Michael showed me his apartment and it was pretty neat."
Considered one of the top tight end prospects in the South, the versatile Bruce committed to the Tigers last fall after making an unofficial visit to an AU game. A rare combination of excellent size, speed and strong academics, he is considered one of the prize pickups of the 2002 signee class.
Justin Bruce runs at a 2000 Nike combine.
He is expected to graduate with honors from Pepperell High School this spring. He says that he is not exactly sure about his college major, but something pertaining to sports medicine is the direction he is leaning. "I met with Ms. (Sandra) Newkirk, an academic adviser at Auburn, about physical therapy and sports medicine ," Bruce says.
Bruce caught 25 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. In spot duty at defensive end, mostly in pass rushing situations, he added 20 tackles and four quarterback sacks. He is currently playing basketball and is averaging 15 points per game. His team is on a hot streak and he is playing well.
"Right now I am focusing on basketball, lifting weights and then track comes right after basketball," Bruce says. With 4.6 speed in the 40, which is better than many wide receivers, he is also a hurdler on his school's track team.
While it will be hard to gain weight while keeping an active schedule, Bruce says he hopes to arrive at Auburn for two-a-days in the 260-pound range and says he is really looking forward to college life. "I had a great time this weekend," he says. "It was a lot of fun. I wish I could stay in Auburn."
Although high school beckons, it won't be long before he will get his wish.