State's Top QB Ready To Help Recruit For Tigers

One of the nation's top quarterback prospects has given a verbal commitment to the Auburn Tigers and gives his reasons why.

Mountain Brook, Ala.–-Things continue to fall into place for coach Tommy Tuberville and the Auburn Tigers as far as recruiting goes as on Monday they picked up a public verbal commitment from Alabama's top-rated quarterback, Neil Caudle, from Spain Park High in Hoover.

Ranked as the number 12 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, the 6-3, 204 Caudle has the arm and athleticism to be a standout on the collegiate level. Despite offers from top programs such as Michigan, LSU, Miami, Louisville and others, Caudle says that in the end the lure of playing for Auburn was just too strong to pass up.

He told Inside the Auburn Tigers that growing up as an Auburn fan "was always in the back of my mind." However, he added, "I tried not to let that play into it when I made my decision, but that was big."

Caudle is a physical player who makes plays at the quarterback position.

Caudle, who made the announcement on Monday afternoon in front of TV cameras prior to participating in a seven-on-seven passing camp at Mountain Brook High School, visited Auburn over the weekend and watched a prospect camp on Saturday, although he didn't participate in the event. He met with AU coaches following the camp to let them know he planned to announce on Monday that he would sign with the Tigers in February.

Despite missing five games as a junior because of a knee injury suffered against rival Hoover, Caudle racked up some impressive numbers for Spain Park both throwing and running the ball. Through the air Caudle was 129-200 for 1,634 yards and 15 touchdowns. Using his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash he also rushed for 424 yards on just 43 carries and added five touchdowns. The ability to be a duel threat is something he feels like is the strength of his game as he heads into his senior season.

After having surgery in October to repair his knee, Caudle has been busy on the rehab circuit since then and says he's very close to being 100 percent. Despite wearing a knee brace to make sure everything remains stable he was the top quarterback to come through Auburn's camps this summer. He says that having the chance to work some and build up his confidence heading into the fall has been important for him.

Caudle's announcement is the third commitment in less than a week from highly regarded prospects for the Tigers, joining defensive linemen Bart Eddins and Greg Smith. Eddins is rated as the third-best defensive tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com while Smith is a junior college standout who originally signed with the Tigers out of Tyner High in Chattanooga two seasons ago.

At his announcement, the quarterback said, "I just wanted to do it before the season started so it wouldn't be a distraction and I wouldn't have to think about it during the season."

Caudle said he wants to be able to recruit for Auburn like recent commitment Bart Eddins plans to do. "I talked to Bart a little bit about it. I think it is a good thing to get some receivers in there and Bart is going to get some defensive players in there.

"Me and Bart have done this now. Hopefully, others will come and follow us. I think that is my role now, to help the recruiting class, to help get good players."

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