Prospect Says Tigers Are His Pick

Auburn has won a battle for a prized recruit who says he will definitely sign with the Tigers.

Alexander City, Ala.--See you later, Gators.

That is the word from Auburn recruit Tyrone Martin, who flirted with the idea of heading south to play for the University of Florida. However, the Class 5A All-State linebacker says his trips to The Swamp will be as a member of the Auburn football team.

Tyrone Martin is shown in action as a senior.

"I have made up my mind and I am going to play for Auburn," Martin told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I decided that Auburn is the best place for me for several reasons.

"First, it is close to home and I grew up watching Auburn football. It will be convenient for my family and friends to see my games. Auburn also has a strong program in my academic major, civil engineering, and that is important to me. Also, Auburn has a great football program with a great future."

When asked what interested him in Florida, which he noted had pulled even with the Tigers after his trip to Gainesville last weekend, Martin said, "The new coaching staff is doing a good job there and I won't be surprised if they keep things going even though Coach Spurrier left. I decided I wanted to go check out their program, which is a good one."

Martin, who is a strong student, also visited Duke on an official trip and was scheduled for a visit to Notre Dame prior to the coaching turmoil in South Bend.

The 6-1, 214-pounder with 4.5 speed projects as a jack linebacker for the Tigers. Kevis Burnam, a 6-2, 230, 4.6 performer from Macon County High in Montezuma, Ga., projects as a middle linebacker. Those will likely be the only two linebackers the Tigers sign this year.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Martin says he plans to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game before reporting to Auburn in August. He had 26 quarterback sacks and 200-plus tackles as a senior for the Class 5A state champions...Martin was in Gainesville last weekend and took a visit to Auburn the weekend prior to that...He bench presses 300 pounds and runs his 40-yard dash times in the 4.5s...He was a finalist for Mr. Football and was Benjamin Russell's team captain....A defensive tackle prospect who visited Auburn last weekend, Luis Rivas of Coral Park High, committed to Rutgers on Monday.

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