Speedy End To Sign With Football Tigers

Auburn picked up its second public football verbal commitment of the week.

Birmingham, Ala.—One of the top athletes in Alabama for the 2002-2003 season, defensive end Lloyd Blevins from Wenonah High, told Inside The Auburn Tigers on Wednesday night that he has decided to play football for the Auburn Tigers.

A6-5, 225-pound speedster with a bench press of 325 pounds and a 40-yard dash time of better than 4.5 seconds, Blevins says that he found everything he was looking for in Auburn's program. He chose the Tigers over South Carolina, Alabama, Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee State and others.

"I committed at the end of last week," Blevins notes. "I got a chance to go up there and meet some of the coaches (at a camp earlier in the summer). I like the coaches and I like the football program, too. I like the practice facilities and the weight room. They also have my major, which is computer science. That is important to me."

Lloyd Blevins

The lack of depth at the defensive end position is also something that Blevins said he considered as very important before telling the Auburn coaches he was ready to commit. A terror on the football field as well as the basketball court, Blevins has accounted for 197 tackles and 18 sacks in his career for the Dragons from his defensive end position. This season through two games he has 11 tackles and one sack as his team is off to a 1-1 start with always tough Tuscaloosa County up this week.

Playing for a team that has had minimal success on the football field in its existence, Blevins hopes to build on a win against Tuscaloosa County this Friday night to jump-start a run into the playoffs. That is something that he nor his teammates has ever experienced.

"This is a chance for us to put ourselves on the map," he says. "Us playing Tuscaloosa County and winning, that would give everybody on the team a lot of confidence. If we win this game, it would really help us out. We've practiced hard for it."

A three-year starter in both football and basketball, Blevins will also likely receive attention from basketball schools looking at him as a small forward. Last season he averaged 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Dragons while playing power forward.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Blevins was a standout at Auburn's summer camp on July 20. Showing a blend of size and speed that makes him a perfect candidate for the defensive end position on the collegiate level, he will likely be an early contributor in the Auburn program after a summer of getting bigger and stronger on the Auburn campus before next fall.

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