Dothan, Ala.--For Auburn's newest commitment Tuesday was a day when dreams came true. Growing up a fan of the Tigers, linebacker Spencer Pybus says that when the word came that he had an offer from Auburn it was hard to believe.
"I was just happy, excited, and relieved to finally get it," Pybus tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I grew up an Auburn fan. It's a small town atmosphere and they win. That made it easy. It's definitely a dream come true."
Trying to decide on the best place for his talents, the 6-1, 210 Pybus says that he wasn't sure where he wanted to go to school with offers from several smaller programs, but a few phone calls on Tuesday made for some exciting times at Northview High.
"Duke offered me today," Pybus says. "I told them I would let them know within an hour and a half or during that class period what I was going to do. I called Coach (James) Willis and told him and he said to wait for a second. They offered me and I committed while I was on the phone with him. I told him I would wear my orange and blue tie to school tomorrow."
With speed that Pybus says it normally in the low 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash, Pybus says that Auburn hasn't told him where they want him to play yet, but he feels like he can help wherever needed.
"I think they want me for one of the outside linebacker spots," Pybus says. "I think it will be Will (weak side).
"My strength is my speed," he adds. "I always usually know what's going on on the field. I have run a 4.39 at Tennessee. I ran a 4.42 and a 4.43 at Auburn. I ran a 4.48 at Alabama. I have a low 4.4 average."
Playing linebacker at Auburn Pybus will have the chance to play for Willis, a former All-SEC linebacker for the Tigers as well as standout in the NFL for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. Pybus says that makes it exciting to think about playing linebacker at Auburn.
"He has always been straightforward with me," Pybus says. "Even at camp this summer he told me that he couldn't offer me right then because they were only going to sign one or two linebackers this year. He told me to hang in and in the end I would end up at Auburn. That's what happened. He's always been straight with me. I think it will be fun playing for him."
Pybus says that he plans to sign early on Wednesday morning with a luncheon scheduled for all of the Dothan players at noon. He notes that he's not sure of the date he'll report to Auburn, but he's looking to get in school early to prepare for the 2008 season.