Big Fullback Has Chance to Contribute Early

John Douglas of Aquinas High School in Augusta has signed his letter of intent to become a Tiger.

Augusta, Ga.--Tommy Tuberville and Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran have a history of putting their tailbacks into the NFL. An often overlooked part in the rushing success of players like Rudi Johnson, Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown has been the role of lead blockers Heath Evans, Brandon Johnson and most recently Jake Slaughter. During the 2006 season, however, the Auburn offense was without a true road paver leading the way, but on Wednesday the Tigers may have landed what they're looking for in Aquinas High School fullback John Douglas.

Douglas, who was one of an unusually high number of early commitments, gave his verbal pledge on June 11. On Wednesday he made it official by when he signed and faxed his scholarship papers to Auburn.

Douglas runs the football as a senior. He is expected to immediately challenge for playing time.

At 6-2, 235 pounds Douglas is a two-star prospect but has been the perfect style of lead blocker in recent years in a run-oriented offense according to Aquinas head coach James Connor.

The big fullback was one of 17 recruits who took their official visits to Auburn on Jan. 12 and has already built a strong friendship with many other Tiger commitments like tight end Bailey Woods and offensive tackle Lee Ziemba.

Douglas is one of nine children and is the oldest boy in the family.

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