Football Tigers Add 18th Commitment

McAdory quarterback/safety/punt returner Marcus Jemison makes his college decision.

McCalla, Ala.--Safety Marcus Jemison of McAdory High School has committed to play for Auburn. He announced his decision on Monday at his school after telling Auburn coaches last week of his plans to become a Tiger.

"I have a strong chance of playing as a freshman," Jemison says of Auburn. "I like the coaches and the atmosphere down there. I just think it's a good place for me."

Jemison, 6-2 205, committed to Auburn over Clemson and Arkansas. He made an unofficial visit mid-season to Clemson for its win over Louisiana-Monroe, and visited Auburn for wins over Vanderbilt and Alabama.

"I was real close to going to Clemson at first," he explains. "I was really in the same position because of the playing time and the depth chart. At Clemson I'd have a little problem with my mom coming to see me. Auburn is like an hour and thirty minutes or two hours away and Auburn is the best choice in the end."

The Tigers lose three key members of the secondary following the season--safety Eric Brock and cornerbacks Patrick Lee and Jonathan Wilhite. With Jerraud Powers as the only returning cornerback on the roster with significant experience, either Aairon Savage or Zac Etheridge is a candidate of moving back to corner, where both started their careers.

Jemison was being recruited from Auburn by defensive ends coach Terry Price. He told Price last Wednesday of his decision, but let defensive coordinator Will Muschamp know of his intentions before that.

"I had already made my decision the week before," Jemison explains. "I had only told Coach Muschamp and I had asked for him to keep it a secret.

"He seems like a straight-up guy," Jemison adds of Muschamp. "I mostly like the package he runs and he's straight up with me. He told me I'd have a chance to play as a freshman, and the same thing Coach Price told me, he told me that they were going to have to move one of their best safeties to cornerback."

Jemison led the Yellow Jackets to an undefeated regular season as a senior.

Jemison has his first official visit set for Jan. 11 at Auburn.

"I might just take the visit to Auburn because all of the other visits are at the same time," Jemison says.

Jemison is the 18th commitment of Auburn's signing class of 2008 and the second this week. On Sunday, the Tigers picked up a verbal commitment from quarterback Chris Todd from Elizabethtown, Ky., who played this season as a sophomore at Hutchinson, Kan., Community College. Signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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