Lovejoy Standout Says He Will Sign With Tigers

Auburn continues a busy week for picking up football commitments.

Lovejoy, Ga.--A prospect who was a standout at a football camp at Auburn, Mario Fannin from Lovejoy High School, is Auburn's fifth public verbal commitment for the 2006 signee class.

Fannin, who says he is up to 6-0, 210 pounds, is being recruited by the Tigers as an "athlete." A three-year starter in high school, he stepped in at quarterback last year and is expected to play that position this fall.

"My first year at Lovejoy I played running back and cornerback," he says. "My next year I played running back and safety. The next year I played wide receiver and cornerback and quarterback."

The talented athlete says he also considered Florida, Tennessee and LSU.

Mario Fannin

Fannin says he is happy with his decision to play for Auburn because he can now concentrate on his senior season. "I picked Auburn because it is a prestigious school," he says.

"I like Auburn's offensive scheme," he says. "I love the backs they have and the receivers they have. That played a major part in my decision."

Fannin, who says he scored a 1090 on the SAT, notes that he has a 2.6 core grade point average so he is on track to qualify.

"It really doesn't matter to me where I play in college," he says. "I will play free safety, cornerback, quarterback, wide receiver, running back, whatever."

Fannin, who is known for his quickness, accounted for more than 30 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for more than 1,000.

Fannin ran a 4.59 40 at a combine in Auburn earlier this year and did 35 inches in the vertical jump. He says he has been clocked well under 4.5 in the 40. He was one of the better athletes to come through any of the various summer camps on the Auburn campus.

He is hoping for a big senior season. "I think we are going to have a real good team," he says. "We have a quick, fast team that will be very aggressive on offense. I think we are going to score a lot of points and keep a lot of points from being scored on us with our defense."

On Saturday, Auburn picked up its first verbal commitment from a current high school senior, defensive tackle Bart Eddins, told Inside the Auburn Tigers he will sign with the Tigers in February.

On Monday, the Tigers picked up another high-profile commitment from Spain Park High quarterback Neil Caudle.

On Tuesday, the Tigers got a commitment from standout running back Benjamin Tate from Snow Hill High in Maryland.

AU's other verbal commitment is defensive lineman Greg Smith, who AU signed and placed at Northeast Mississippi Junior College in the 2004 signee class. He could arrive at AU as early as December.

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