Columbus, Ga.--Looking for a big, athletic quarterback to compliment the group already on campus, the Auburn Tigers got just what they were looking for on Friday morning when DeRon Furr from Carver High School chose the Tigers after a weekend visit to Auburn to watch a camp.
Saying everything just felt right, the 6-3, 217 Furr tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that following his visit to Auburn he knew he wanted to be a Tiger.
"I committed this morning," Furr says. "I have been knowing about Auburn for a long time and following them and I know it's a winning program and it's close to home. I just left there Sunday after visiting during their camp.
"I went up there to watch everybody participate and see how the camp was because I'm supposed to be participating in the next camp (July 14)," he adds. "I just stood around and first I talked to my recruiting Coach Hugh Nall, then I talked with Al Borges and he was telling me about how he coaches quarterbacks and how much he wanted me to come down so he could show me how he would coach me. Then I talked with coach Tommy Tuberville and he made us feel real welcome. He was talking to my mom and she was asking questions about academics and about the campus."
Furr is an impressive physical specimen as a quarterback and could be a guy that could easily play another position if QB doesn't work out on the next level.
Even with all the good vibes flowing the Tigers were still just a strong leader when Furr and his mother left Auburn on Sunday afternoon. That didn't change until this week when Furr says a piece of mail became a sign for him to make his decision.
"After the camp I went and talked with the coaches in their offices," Furr says. "They made me feel more welcome again, it started building up. Then on Thursday my mom got a letter in the mail and it was from Auburn. Coach Nall had sent my mom a letter and that's when I decided Auburn was for me. I wasn't looking for a particular time to commit but I just felt that the time was right now."
A dominating force on offense for Coach Dell McGee at Carver, Furr had a strong junior season as he helped Carver advance to the state championship game. As a dual-threat quarterback with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Furr threw for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 730 yards and 12 scores on the ground. Soon to be a three-year starter at quarterback, those numbers and his leadership were enough for many schools to come calling before he chose the Tigers.
Furr is just one of a talented duo from Carver that the Tigers are recruiting at the moment. The other is top target Jarmon Fortson. A massive 6-3, 220 receiver, Fortson is considering the Tigers along with a large group of schools from around the South. Furr says that in the end his teammate may be just that in the future as well.
"I think he might end up doing the same thing too," Furr says. "But I'm not sure."