Football Tigers Get First Verbal For Class Of 2003

A talented defensive lineman has given a verbal commitment to the Auburn Tigers.

Statesboro, Ga.--On the heels of a stellar 2002 recruiting effort, Coach Tommy Tuberville and staff have gotten off to a good start with the 2003 class with standout defensive tackle Josh Thompson announcing his plans to be an Auburn Tiger for his college career.

A dominant defensive player for Coach Buzz Buzzby at Statesboro High School, Thompson is one of the strongest players in the entire country heading into the 2002 high school season. Measured at 6-1, 289 pounds earlier this summer at a Nike Combine in Athens, Ga., Thompson did an astounding 56 repetitions on the bench press of 185 pounds. With a maximum bench of 440 pounds and a squat of 650 pounds, Thompson has all the physical tools to excel on the next level

"Auburn is getting a very good football player," says Busby, who led Statesboro to an unbeaten state championship season last year. He says that Thompson's play was a big part of his team's success.

Throw in a 40-yard dash time of 4.97 seconds and you have a prospect who is likely both strong enough and quick enough to play right away in the Southeastern Conference when he arrives at Auburn.

Josh Thompson was one of the more impressive players at an earlier Auburn summer football camp.

Thompson attended two summer football camps at Auburn, including a one-day session last Saturday that featured more than 200 players from across the Southeast.

An honor student with a 3.9 grade point average, Thompson was recruited by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and other SEC schools. Auburn is expected to sign approximately 20 players for the 2003 class next February.

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