Tigers Get Commitment From Playmaker

This talented receiver from South Florida chose the Tigers over many of the top programs in the South.

Miami, Fla.--There is little question that the Auburn Tigers are looking for playmakers at the wide receiver position in the 2008 class and Tuesday they got just what they have been looking for with a commitment from Thearon Collier from Booker T. Washington High.

An explosive player with exceptional quickness in space, the 5-9, 165 Collier isn't the most physical of players, but it didn't stop many of the top programs in the South from offering him a scholarship. With plenty of choices he says he decided to follow his heart and commit to the Tigers.

"Yes sir, I committed," Collier tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I told the coaches on Tuesday. I really like Auburn. They've got a good program going on. I like their style and organization. I think I can be a big part of the team and help them win a national championship."

One of the top athletes in South Florida, Collier had a very impressive junior season on offense for Booker T. Catching 34 passes for 879 yards and nine touchdowns, he had a season to remember as a wide receiver. Also a threat returning kicks, he had six punt returns for touchdowns called back last season. Those numbers and his ability to make people miss had plenty of top schools wanting to sign him up.

"I have offers from Florida International, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida State and Florida," Collier says. "I just always wanted to go out of Florida to play football. Going to Auburn will be a chance for me to play in a great atmosphere in a football town."

With a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds, Collier has plenty of speed to play on the next level, but says that's one thing he'll work to improve before beginning his senior season in the fall. "I need to work on my speed and my endurance," Collier says. "I would describe myself as a playmaker but I want to get even faster."

Collier says he plans to attend both the 7-on-7 camp at Auburn and also the one-day camp along with several teammates. He becomes the fourth commitment for the Tigers for 2008, joining wide receiver Damion Allen, tight end Vance Smith and cornerback Drew Cole.

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