Football Tigers Add Another Commitment

The Auburn football Tigers have added a verbal commitment for the 2008 team.

Elizabethown, Ky.--Quarterback Chris Todd has committed to Auburn and plans to enroll at AU in January after transferring from Hutchinson, Kan., Community College where he played one season.

Originally a verbal commitment to Troy, he visited Auburn this weekend because of his connection with Tony Franklin, Auburn's new offensive coordinator, and decided to follow the coach to Auburn. AU hired Franklin away from Troy last week.

"You can say I am committed to Auburn and I am looking forward to playing for the Tigers," the 6-2, 223-pounder told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Todd, who played at Texas Tech as a freshman, will have two seasons of eligibility at Auburn. Highly recruited out of Elizabethtown High. He passed for 10,776 yards and 120 career touchdowns in high school and he originally chose the Red Raiders over Oklahoma, North Carolina State and other colleges. He played five games there before deciding to make a fresh start at a Kansas junior college where he played this past season.

This past season, playing in eight games for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons, he completed 104-212 passes for 968 yards with eight interceptions and six touchdowns. His team finished the season 2-7 and 2-5 in the Jayhawk Conference.

The quarterback was one of four prospects on campus this weekend for official visits. Commenting on the trip to Auburn, he said, "I really enjoyed it. It went good. I got to meet everybody and got acquainted with everything. I enjoyed the visit.

"Ryan Pugh was my host," Todd said of the freshman offensive lineman. "He is a good guy and I like him a lot."

Todd, who got to watch Franklin directing Auburn's offense at bowl practice, said, "They took me around campus and I got to see all of the facilities. I liked what I saw."

The QB's relationship with Auburn's new offensive coordinator is a long one. "I started working with Coach Franklin in high school," he said. "He does a really good job with everything. It will be really good to get back with him because he stresses a lot of things that are important like the fundamentals. He has done a really good job of that.

"In high school, he did a really good job of helping me and I thought it would be good to get back working with him again. I think he will help me become a better player."

Chris Todd

Franklin, who has worked as an offensive consultant to teams looking to install his version of the spread offense, came to Franklin's high school in Kentucky and instructed Todd, who also attended one of the coach's summer camps.

After playing one season at Texas Tech, Todd transferred to Hutchinson in Kansas. "Our season wasn't bad," he said. "It was a good experience. I got to do some different things there as far a lining up under center, some boots (bootleg) and play action stuff along with rollout stuff. It was a little different type of offense and I got to do some things I hadn't done before."

The QB played in five games in 2006 at Texas Tech after redshirting the previous season. He completed 25-35 passes for 241 yards and was not intercepted. He hit 10-12 for 151 yards and a score vs. Southeastern Louisiana. In conference games vs. Missouri, Colorado and Baylor he hit 11-18 passes for 69 yards.

A quarterback with good size, Franklin said he believes that is a plus in Auburn's new offensive system, but added, "I think you still have to be mobile. You have to be able to move around and create more time to find receivers in certain situations."

Commenting on Auburn, he said, "I really like the school, I really liked the visit and I really like the people I met. I got to talk to a lot of the offensive linemen and I enjoyed that. I talked to a lot of other players and when school starts in January I am looking forward to getting to know the other players."

As a senior at Elizabethtown High in 2004 where he also played basketball and baseball. He led the team to a state football title while passing for 3,180 yards and 38 scores. The previous year he passed for 4,595 yards and 50 touchdowns for his team that lost in the state championship game.

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