Football Prospect Showing His Wares

This running back is hoping to make the fall of 2002 his personal playground just as he did as a junior.

Auburn, Ala.--Without question one of the biggest stories of the 2001 Alabama high school football season was the unlikely run by the Auburn High School Tigers deep into the Class 6A playoffs.

Finishing the regular season with a record of 5-5, the Tigers reeled off upset after upset before bowing out to eventual state champion Daphne in the semi-finals. While there were many reasons why the team gelled and became tough to beat, perhaps the biggest reason why was a dangerous running game led by junior Tyrone Ware.

Tyrone Ware will be one of the top prospects in Alabama this year.

After sitting out the first game of the season to get his academics in order, Ware exploded onto the scene in game number two and never slowed down. Finishing the season with more than 1,500 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns while splitting time in the backfield with a talented senior back, Ware says that he is ready to pick up where he left off last year.

"I just want to get a little bit faster and a little bit bigger," the 6-0, 185-pounder tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The main thing I'm concentrating on right now is keeping my grades in order throughout my senior season."

With speed in the sub 4.5 range, although he admits he hasn't run a 40-yard dash since his 10th grade season, Ware will have a chance to test his speed this summer as he has been invited to attend a variety of college football camps. He says that he currently has plans to visit just one school this summer for camp, but that could change because colleges all over the South are keeping a close eye on this talented runner.

"I'm planning on making it to the camp at Auburn this summer," Ware says. "I don't think I'll go to any more camps...I'm hearing from schools just about everywhere right now. The Mississippi schools have all sent me letters as well as Alabama, Jacksonville State, Troy State and Georgia Tech."

Being recruited by most schools as a tailback, Ware is also an outstanding cover cornerback and could possibly project as a wide receiver on the collegiate level. While both of those are possibilities, the four-year starter says that his heart is at running back.

"I like to take hits," he says. "It just pumps me up and makes me run harder."

Tiger Ticket Extra: With the state of Alabama wide receiver heavy once again, the running back position is one that may be overlooked to begin with during the recruiting process. But small backs like Ware, Tyrone Prothro from Cleburne County and Eric Packer from Wilcox-Central will all garner their fare share of attention before things are said and done. Prothro led Cleburne County to the Class 4A title game last year by rushing for moe than 2,000 yards. Packer, who has already committed to Alabama, rushed for over 2,000 yards as well.

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