Auburn QB Commitment Having Strong Season

Steven Ensminger and his West Monroe High football team are trying to win a state championship.

Monroe, La.--Steven Ensminger will lead his West Monroe High School Rebels into the Class 5A state semi-finals on Friday night against a powerful opponent, Catholic High of Baton Rouge.

Ensminger, an early verbal commitment to Auburn, says Catholic will be a tough opponent as both teams try to earn a spot in Louisiana's big school classification.

"They are a strong team and are undefeated," says Ensminger, who has helped his team to a 12-1 record.

"The seedings for the state playoffs are by power rankings, not by state rankings," the quarterback notes. "We came out first in the state rankings, but are fourth in the power rankings. Catholic came out first in the power rankings."

West Monroe has put together its strong season with Ensminger putting up impressive numbers despite transferring to the school not long before the start of the season. He played his junior year at Opelika, Ala., High, which ran a very different style of offense.

"It is fun playing at West Monroe," he says. "I came here as a freshman so I am in the same class with the guys I played with then and I know pretty much everybody. I have friends here who I kept up with even after I left."

Ensminger, who is the son of Auburn's tight ends coach, Steve Ensminger, has completed 101-183 passes for 1,736 yards. He has passed for 16 touchdowns and has been intercepted six times. He has also run for seven TDs for a team that is averaging just at 40 points per contest.

"We have a real good football team," the Auburn commitment says. "We run the option, we spread it out and throw it out of the ‘I' formation, one-back, four wides and five wides, three wides. Pretty much everything you can imagine, we do it on offense."

Ensminger notes that there is a lot of excitement for his team's game this week. He says the school has been selling around 2,000 tickets per day for the showdown and a packed house is expected for the home game vs. Catholic.

Steven Ensminger committed to play for the Tigers prior to the start of his senior season.

His numbers are even more impressive considering he normally has come out of the game at halftime with his team in control. Through 13 games, he has played the full four quarters only twice and played three quarters in two other games. Six times this season he has received local player of the week honors.

The senior says he likes the offensive system he is running at West Monroe. "It has made me tougher," he says. "Not a lot of teams run the option and throw the ball a lot and we do both pretty well."

Tiger Ticket Extra: The six-foot-three quarterback has been working on getting bigger and stronger. He gained a significant amount of weight over the spring and summer and that has continued during the football season. He started the campaign at 6-3, 199 pounds and is up to 208. He says by eating a lot and working out with weights he has "gotten a lot stronger" during the past several months.

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