Tigers Add Another Football Verbal

Auburn has added another football verbal commitment.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--A day after his teammate committed to the Tigers, St. Thomas Aquinas standout Christian Thompson has also committed to play football for Auburn.

"I have decided I want to be an Auburn Tiger," Thompson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I feel like I made the right decision and I'm very confident in what I did. I don't plan on looking back."

Thompson took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and says he was quickly sold on what Auburn had to offer.

"At first it was the players that I met," he explains. "I got a chance to be with them for the whole weekend and see how they are, how they react around me and how I react around them. I feel like I could fit in with them. The next day I got around the coaches and they were really out to help me and looking forward to me coming up there. I really them, liked what I heard from them and they liked what they heard from me."

Thompson and teammate Philip Pierre-Louis, a wide receiver, were two of the official visitors to Auburn this weekend. Pierre-Louis committed while on his official, but Thompson wanted another day to be sure he was making the right decision.

"He made little comments, but it was more like jokes," Thompson says of Pierre-Louis trying to get him to commit also. "I made the decision on my own. It's nice we'll have the two players from the same team in college.

"To be honest, I knew before I left (Auburn)," Thompson adds. "The only reason I didn't say anything while I was up there is because I wanted to talk to my mom.

"She was very much like any other mother. She was like, ‘Maybe you should think about it not just from your point of view. Maybe you should think about it from the family's point of view because we'll want to come see you play.' She told me though, ‘Whatever you do, go with your heart.' And that's what I did."

Running backs coach Eddie Gran recruits the South Florida area for the Auburn staff.

"When I first met him I didn't know what to expect," Thompson says of Gran. "I really didn't know what to expect, but as we kept talking and we got closer I felt like he was a very good coach, he liked me and I liked him. I think we'll bond as we get closer for me to coming up there."

A player who can play safety, he has also played middle linebacker for St. Thomas Aquinas, which won the 5A Florida State Championship this year.

"I'm going to be playing safety," Thompson notes.

Along with Thompson and Pierre-Louis, Auburn is expected to sign former STA teammate Jermaine Johnson, who is at Hargrave Military this year. Auburn kicker Wes Byrum is also from the Florida prep powerhouse.


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