Big Receiver Verbal to Auburn

A talented receiver discusses his decision to commit to play football for the Auburn Tigers. Video and comments from his coach are also featured.

Columbus, Ga.--Auburn has picked up a verbal commitment from Carver High School wide receiver Jarmon Fortson, a 6-3, 220-pounder who says he plans to join his teammate at Auburn.

The Tigers had already picked up a commitment from Carver quarterback DeRon Furr.

"I grew up an Auburn fan and I have decided that is where I am going to play," Fortson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I had a lot of offers and I didn't want to rush my decision. I considered it carefully and I am looking forward to going to Auburn and play with DeRon."

His coach, former Auburn defensive back Dell McGee, says he has no doubts that Fortson can play in the SEC.

"I think he has the ability to come in and play as a freshman at Auburn," McGee says. "He has the size, the speed and the ability to make plays. He really likes to compete and he is one of those receivers who makes a lot of yards after the catch."

Jarmon Fortson

Fortson says he had 14 scholarship offers and narrowed his choices to AU, Clemson and LSU before making his choice.

"I am excited about my decision to go to Auburn," he says. "I have really watched Auburn football and liked the Tigers since I was a little child."

Fortson says he feels good about his decision. "I am glad to get recruiting finished," he says. "Now I can concentrate on my senior season."

That season is off to a terrific start. The 3-0 Tigers defeated Northside of Columbus 46-9 on Friday night. Fortson plans to take in Saturday night's New Mexico State at Auburn game with his friend Furr, who notes that he has been recruiting the big receiver.

"It's great that he is coming with me to Auburn," Furr says. "I was hoping he would do that. He is a really good receiver and it is going to be great to have him with me at Auburn."

McGee notes that his star players are good friends. "I think they plan to be roommates at Auburn," the coach points out.

McGee notes that he expects Fortson to be close on qualifying academically. "He is an okay student. He just took the ACT on Sept. 15th and felt real good about it."

McGee says that Fortson has 14 catches for 220 yards and four touchdowns this season and has also thrown a TD pass from punt formation. He handles the punting for Carver. As a junior the wide receiver caught 673 yards in passes and scored nine touchdowns.

"He has just played receiver and punted for us this year, but he can play defense, too, if we need him there," the coach adds. "We just haven't needed him there yet. He can really play any position on defense."

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