Seminole, Fla.--The Auburn Tigers picked up their 16th public verbal commitment for the 2008 class on Friday when standout defensive back T'Sharvan Bell from Osceola High picked the Tigers over Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and others.
Osceola Coach Jeff Rolson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that Auburn is getting a very good player in Bell.
"It's my understanding he's committed to Auburn," Rolson says. "He played quarterback for us and defensive back. He's got outstanding speed and is a really fluid athlete. His hips are great. He can turn and change direction. He can break on the football. We used him as a corner and could put him on somebody and take away their number one receiver out of the football game. He's got great ball skills.
He can throw it and he can catch it. As a returner he can return kickoffs and punts. He's a very intelligent player. He understands the game very well. He's a big reason why we're in the state championship game."
A visitor to Auburn for a summer camp in which he was one of the top prospects in attendance, Bell gave his commitment after receiving visits from Coach Tommy Tuberville, recruiting Coach Terry Price and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp in the last week.
Ranked as the number 28 safety prospect in the country by Scout.com, the 6-1, 175 Bell could play anywhere in the secondary because of his combination of size and speed, but will likely get his first look at cornerback. He has helped lead the Kowboys into this weekend's state championship game against St. Thomas Aquinas as a key player on both offense and defense.
Unfortunately Bell won't be in action this weekend as he suffered a knee injury in last week's semifinal win over Bartram Trail. The injury won't cause him any problems in the future, but for now it's something that will keep him out of action.
Finishing with eight interceptions as a junior, Bell has been a more dominant player as a senior forcing teams to throw away from him almost exclusively while running the show on offense.
"This year he had 47 carries for 606 yards and seven touchdowns," Rolson says. "He completed 36 passes for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense he had 42 tackles with five interceptions and five passes defended."
Auburn's other commitments include wide receivers Damion Allen, Harry Adams, Darvin Adams and Jarmon Fortson, defensive backs George Baker and Drew Cole, running backs Enrique Davis and Reggie Hunt, quarterbacks Barrett Trotter and DeRon Furr, tight end Vance Smith, defensive ends Raven Gray and Cameron Henderson, defensive lineman Charles Deas and offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson.