Tigers Pick Up Third Football Verbal

Auburn has added a third public football verbal commitment for 2003.

Maryville, Tenn.--Auburn has picked up its third public verbal commitment for the 2003 football signee class from Carl Stewart, a big tailback from Maryville High School.

A 6-2, 205-pounder who has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40, Stewart picked the Tigers over Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and others.

Carl Stewart

Stewart helped Maryville to a state title as a junior as he rushed for 1,430 yards on 156 carries with 21 touchdowns. He rushed for 173 yards on 23 carries to be named Most Valuable Player in the state championship game.

"He is a big back who runs with great power and speed," says Maryville High Coach George Quarles, who notes that the running back has been heavily recruited. "He decided to commit to Auburn because he liked the school when he went to a camp there this summer and he likes Coach (Phillip) Lolley and Coach (Tommy) Tuberville.

"Carl is a really strong student and a great young man to be around. He will have absolutely no concerns about qualifying academically." In two games as a senior, he rushed for 250 yards on 19 carries with five going for touchdowns.

A standout at an Auburn football camp this summer, Stewart has the ability to run over defenders as well as outrun them. It often takes more than one or two players to tackle the big back.

A good all-around athlete who has a 36-inch vertical jump, Stewart is also a strong academically and should have no problem qualifying.

Carl Stewart

Auburn's two other commitments are from 6-1, 218 running back Jason Jude from Athens High School and 6-1, 289 noseguard Josh Thompson from Statesboro, Ga., High School.

Tiger Ticket Extra: In addition to being a football standout, Stewart is also an accomplished violin player who plays in an orchestra...Stewart is a relative newcomer to the game of football. He didn't put on the pads for the first time until he was a ninth grader.

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