Heavily Recruited Receiver Plans To Be A Tiger

A strong Auburn signee class got another boost on Wednesday with the addition of a speedster from the state of Florida.

Miami Springs, Fla.--Although it happened well before lunch, Tommy Tuberville was served the bluechip special of signing day on Wednesday morning when the Tigers picked up a heavily recruited prospect who had previously committed to the Florida Gators.

Devin Aromashodu, a 6-2, 185, 4.46 wide receiver from Miami Springs High, signed scholarship papers on Wednesday to attend Auburn University.

Aromashodu says the more he thought about the decision, the more he decided he wanted to become an Auburn Tiger. He got a taste of AU at a summer camp prior to his senior year. However, he says he began to really seriously consider the Tigers during his official visit in November for the Alabama at Auburn game weekend. "That is when my interest really picked up," he says.

Since then he has mentioned Auburn as one of his favorites throughout the recruiting process, which included official trips to Ohio State, Michigan State, Florida and North Carolina State.

Commenting on Auburn, he said, "I like the new offensive coordinator (Bobby Petrino) and I am ready to play there. Auburn is looking for receivers and it is an opportunity to play in the SEC. I have liked Auburn for a long time."

Miami Springs High coach Karl Goins said, "He just signed his scholarship papers and we are faxing them in. Auburn is getting a good kid who will be an asset to their program. He is what I call a low maintenance player. He does what he is supposed to and never causes any problems."

One of the more heavily recruited prospects in south Florida, he caught 17 passes for 400-plus yards as part of a run-oriented team. He also intercepted a pass at cornerback and had six picks as a junior. He was a three-year starter on offense and a two-year starter on defense.

He committed briefly to the N.C. State Wolfpack in January before reassessing his choice and choosing Auburn. However, after an official visit to see the Florida Gators, he changed his mind and decided that he was headed to Gainesville last week before settling on Auburn just in time for national signing day.

When asked if his goal was to start as a freshman, he says, "It is not something that I am really looking at now. I just want to play. It is a big transition from high school to college football."

Devin Aromashodu is expected to bolster Auburn's receiver corps.

In addition to having good size and good speed, something the Tigers desperately need to bolster their offense, he has a reputation for being physical with good hands. "I go up and get the football," he says.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Aromashodu played in the annual Dade-Broward All-Star Game in January...Eddie Gran, who recruits South Florida and the Atlanta area, recruited Aromashodu for the Tigers...Aromashodu started playing football as a nine-year-old. He was a running back until he moved to receiver in high school.....He bench presses 245 pounds...Aromashodu says his favorite game came against Miami Senior High last season. "I had three touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing and 90 something receiving. I lined up as a wingback and ran counters and one time I did a reverse as a wide receiver."

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