State Title the Goal for AU Commitment

Quarterback Deron Furr discusses his senior season and his top-ranked high school football team.

Columbus, Ga.--In a year in which it has been incredibly hard to forecast what would happen from week to week in college football, Auburn verbal commitment Deron Furr had a clear vision of the future for his senior season at Carver High School.

Before the Tigers opened the regular season, the 6-3, 217-pound quarterback predicted he would be playing on a special football team and so far that has been the case.

Unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state going into Friday night's opening round state playoff game at Memorial Stadium vs. visiting Mary Persons High, Carver's play has caused a lot of excitement among fans of the Tigers.

"So far we are living up to the expectations we have had for our season," says Furr. "Now, we are starting a new season going into the playoffs."

Even though he spent a good bit of the night on the bench in the regular season finale last week, a rout of cross-town opponent Hardaway High, Furr says the contest was a good final tuneup for the playoffs.

"We played well in that game," says Furr, who completed four passes for 94 yards to wide receiver Jarmon Fortson, who is also verbally committed to the Tigers. The quarterback also ran the football three times for 39 yards and two of those plays were for touchdowns.

Furr says the scouting report on Carver's first-round opponent is that Mary Persons doesn't have a lot of size, but does have plenty of speed.

With a goal of finishing his senior season as a state champion, Furr says, "We need to play hard and keep our intensity level. We need to be more physical than every team we play."

Furr says this is the most talented team he has played on. "We have a lot of athletes," he points out. Because of that, in the regular season one of his big assignments as the leader on offense has been to get the ball distributed to a variety of players. "We are bigger, faster and stronger," Furr says.

The quarterback notes that the Tigers' success on the football field, led by Coach Dell McGee, has excited a lot of people. "We have a lot of alumni who have come back to the school to see us play," Furr says. "They are so happy. They have even had a parade for us. This is like one of the best years ever in Carver history."

A standout at the Elite 150 Camp in Atlanta last summer where he showed good speed and a strong arm, the quarterback committed to Auburn in June. He says that he is still firm with that decision.

"A lot of people are telling me that I should go to Georgia, but I am very happy with my decision," he says. "I tell them that I am very excited about my decision to be an Auburn Tiger."

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