Tigers Trump Tide, LSU For In-State Prospect

The Tigers picked up a verbal commitment on Wednesday from one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama.

Eclectic, Ala.--The Tigers picked up a commitment from one of the most highly regarded in-state prospects when Ben Grubbs announced on Wednesday that he will sign with the Tigers on Feb. 6th.

Ben Grubbs

The 6-4, 250-pounder from Elmore County High School picked the Tigers over Alabama, LSU and others.

"It feels good to have recruiting behind me," Grubbs told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I feel real good about Auburn University. I think can do well with them.

"My feelings are very strong about playing for Auburn. They lost some defensive ends from last year's team so there is hope that I can come in and play right away if I am willing to work hard."

Grubbs also says that he likes the fact that he will get a chance to play his college football not too far from home. "Auburn is just 55 minutes away," he says.

He runs exceptionally well for such a large player. He used his quickness to play middle linebacker as a senior and racked up 115 tackles with three sacks and an interception. Moving from tight end to fullback on offense during the season, Grubbs rushed for two touchdowns in mainly spot duty in short yardage situations.

Grubbs took his official visit to Auburn last weekend after going to Tuscaloosa the previous weekend. Commenting on his AU trip, he says, "I liked the players, that's one thing that stood out the most about it. It was amazing how we got to be so close in a short amount of time, how we became a family that quick."

Ben Grubbs looks to the sidelines for a defensive call in a game during his senior season.

Grubbs, who is friends with Auburn defensive tackle Spencer Johnson, is one of the stronger prospects the Tigers are recruiting this year. He bench presses 375 pounds and squats 555 pounds. The new weight room at AU impressed him on his trip. "It was nice, it was very impressive," he said.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Grubbs was considered one of the top junior prospects and his stock soared even higher with good performances on the camp and combine circuit.

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