Talented Running Back Picks Tigers

More good news on the recruiting front for AU.

Snow Hill, Md.--One of the most impressive summer campers at Auburn, running back Benjamin Tate, has committed to sign with the Tigers for the 2006 football class.

Tate, a 5-10 1/2, 205-pounder with 4.4 speed, rushed for 2,886 yards on 286 carries as a junior for Snow Hill High. He scored 41 touchdowns as a junior.

"I got a feeling on my visit that Auburn is the place for me so that is where I want to go to college," Tate told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Tate notes that he plans to be back in Auburn on Sept. 3rd for an official visit.

Benjamin Tate is shown at an AU summer camp. He has a combination of size, speed and good moves.

"I really like the coaching staff and the people I met at Auburn," he says. "It just feels like a good fit."

Tate says he picked the Tigers over Penn State, Maryland, Virginia and others.

Tate notes that he likes the campus atmosphere at Auburn as well as how the Tigers appear to be a close-knit team. Auburn finished 13-0 last season using teamwork and unselfish as major themes on a run to the Southeastern Conference title.

"I looked a lot of places and decided it was time to make a decision," he says. "I was starting to get tired of all of that. I am looking forward to coming to Auburn on an official visit for the opening game of the season." The Tigers will play Georgia Tech that night, Sept. 3rd, in a game scheduled for TV coverage on ESPN.

Tate says he likes Auburn's offense, which featured two NFL first round picks last year, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Ronnie Brown, as well as Eddie Gran, the running backs coach who has sent a steady stream of players at Ole Miss and AU on to pro football.

Tate says he may visit some other colleges in the fall to check out games when he gets a chance. When asked if that means he is uncertain of his commitment, he said, "No, not at all. Auburn is the right place for me."

The Tigers did not sign a tailback in the 2005 class so adding a running back is a high priority for the 2006 signee class.

Tate is the Auburn's fourth public verbal and the third since Saturday when the state of Alabama's top defensive line prospect, Bart Eddins from Montgomery, selected the Tigers. On Monday, the state's top QB prospect, Spain Park's Neil Caudle, selected Auburn. AU also has a commitment from juco defensive lineman Greg Smith, who is at Northeast Mississippi. He originally signed with the Tigers as a high school senior in Chattanaooga.

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