AU Holds Onto Fla. Safety

Christian Thompson flirted with Mississippi State late in the recruiting process, but kept his verbal commitment to the Tigers.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Hard-hitting safety Christian Thompson has signed a letter of intent to be an Auburn Tiger. The three-star safety is ranked 23rd in the country by and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.

At 6-1, 195, he recorded 30 tackles as a junior for the Raiders and improved as a senior, finishing the season with 90 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and one sack from his safety and middle linebacker positions. Recruited by Auburn as a safety, Thompson has the speed and size to be a force in the defensive backfield on the next level.

Thompson joins St. Thomas Aquinas teammate WR Philip Pierre-Louis as well as former Raider Jermaine Johnson, a re-signee, in this season's recruiting class for Auburn. Current Tiger kicker Wes Byrum is also from STA. Auburn edged out Mississippi State, where he took an official visit on Jan. 18, for his signature.

Thompson's signing gives Auburn needed depth at the safety position after the graduation of starter Eric Brock. Thompson will compete with a young crop of safeties at Auburn with Zac Etheridge, Aairon Savage and Mike McNeil returning for the 2008 season.

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