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The Auburn Tigers have picked up their seventh public verbal commitment for the 2007 football signee class. Coach Tommy Tuberville's staff has been busy on the recruiting trail and the latest commitment is from a player who has lots of offers.

Madison, Miss.--One of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of Mississippi, offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey, is Auburn's seventh public verbal commitment for the 2007 football signee class.

The 6-4, 272-pounder is coming off a very impressive junior season in which he was credited with 108 pancake blocks while allowing just two sacks and grading 89 percent for the season. He is expected to start for a fourth consecutive year this fall.

He chose the Tigers over offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State, Houston, Southern Miss, Memphis and Tulsa.

"I went up there and just felt like I fit in with the players," Ramsey says. "It felt like a family to me. We visited Sunday and Monday."

Ramsey, who can play any position on the offensive line, says that the Tigers are recruiting him to play tackle.

Chaz Ramsey is Auburn's second offensive line verbal commitment for 2007.

He was named Jackson Clarion-Ledger first team All-Metro as a junior as well as all-conference.

Ramsey, who competes in power lifting and track and field, squats 550 pounds and tied the school bench press record of 365 pounds this past spring. He has done 185 pounds in the bench press 25 reps and has a best 40-yard dash time of 5.03.

"Hanging out with Tim Duckworth and Joe Cope, I really got a great feeling about Auburn," Ramsey tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We hung out and went bowling together and had a real good time. I spent time with Coach (offensive line coach Hugh) Nall and felt really comfortable with him. Auburn is looking for offensive tackles and I think it is a really good fit for me.

"I fell in love with the place," he adds. "I enjoyed spending time with Coach (Don) Dunn and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville. I looked at the depth chart with Coach Nall and it looks like a chance to play early. It is just a relaxed atmosphere over there and I really liked it."

Dunn, who checks out prospects in the state of Mississippi, has been recruiting the Ramsey for AU.

Auburn is up to seven verbal commitments for the February 2007 signing date. Others are from defensive backs Johnny Lee Dixon from Belle Glades Central (Fla.) High, Daquan Bembry from Hawkinsville, Ga., High and Michael Slade from Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., offensive tackle Kyle Coulahan from Pensacola, Fla., and tight end Bailey Woods from Marietta, Ga.

Ramsey shouldn't have any problem qualifying. He has a 3.2 grade point average. As a junior, he attended Jackson Academy, helping that school to the class 3A state title. This season he will play for Madison-Central, a Class 5A school. He transferred to his new school in December.

Ramsey was a standout performer in January in San Antonio at the national combine. "I grew a lot from that," he says. "I learned a lot and it gave me a lot of confidence competing against top players from around the country."

Going into his senior season, Ramsey has a good idea of what his strengths are and what he wants to improve. "I guess you would say I am a good run blocker," he notes. "I am real aggressive. I have been working on my pass sets trying to get more relaxed and not be as aggressive as I am on the run."

As a ninth grader, Ramsey started at center. As a sophomore he started at guard and last year he started at tackle. As a senior, he expects he will play guard again at his new school.

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