Linebacker Talks Auburn

Auburn's newest commitment talks about the Tigers and his reasons for choosing Tommy Tuberville's program.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Standout linebacker Craig Stevens said that in the end Auburn was too good to pass up. A talented prospect with offers from all across the country, Stevens said that there was just something about the program that appealed to him.

"The school I chose is Auburn," the 6-2, 211 Stevens said on Friday evening. "I just fell in love with it when I went up there on the visit. They just made me feel like I was at home. All of the players made me feel like I was already on the team. I just felt like a home away from home and it felt like it was the place I needed to be."

Stevens has the frame to add a lot more weight.

Stevens says he expects to play middle linebacker at Auburn. "That is where the coaches told me they want me," he says. "I will have to get bigger to play there. Right now I am 211, but I should be able to get to 240 pounds. My brother, who was a defensive end at UNLV, grew to be 265 pounds."

Hosted on his official visit by Auburn senior linebackers Travis Williams and Antarrious Williams, Stevens got the full treatment from two of the Tigers' veterans. It was obvious they put in a good word for their position coach because Stevens said he's one of the reasons why Auburn was the place for him.

"I'm going to have a good coach in Coach (Joe) Whitt," Stevens said. "He's been through Karlos Dansby and everybody. That will be good for me."

Stevens plans to compete in weightlifting as well as track for Lincoln High before he graduates.

With Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Maryland and UCLA all on his list until two weeks ago, things have been pretty busy for Stevens as he tried to narrow things down the closer it got to signing day. He said that he's glad to have this decision behind him now so he can focus on his senior year.

"It has been hectic the last couple of days," Stevens said. "All of the phone calls get a little agitating after a while. I tried to hang in there and stay low-key with it. It's hard because you've got coaches telling you different things, telling you what you're going to do for their program. You just have to think about what is best for you. It was real hard."

Stevens joins Hendrick Leverette as Auburn's only linebacker commitments for the class of 2006. He becomes Auburn's 21st commitment overall and the Tigers are hoping to add as many as five more before putting the finishing touches on the class this Wednesday on national signing day. Here is a full list of the current commitments for the Tigers:

Auburn Commitments


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