Justin Albert, a two-time Class 6A All-State running back, told Inside the Auburn Tigers he plans to join the Auburn football team later this summer as a specially invited walk-on.
A key player on back-to-back state championship teams, Albert put up big numbers as a senior despite an ACL injury that kept him out of the state championship game in December. Despite the injury, he was named to the Alabama Sportswriters Association Super 12 all-star team.
"I got a couple of scholarship offers, but with the offers I got I didn't feel like I was home so I am going to walk on at Auburn because it feels like home to me," says Albert, who notes that he grew up a Tiger fan.
"Coach (James) Willis and I talked a lot and it seems like he wants me here," Albert says of the Auburn linebacker coach, who has added Prattville to his recruiting territory.
Albert, a 5-8, 170-pounder with excellent quickness, played running back in high school so he could touch the ball more, but his position in college is likely as a wide receiver with his excellent hands.
For his high school career he had 1,021 receiving yards plus 3,467 rushing yards. He added 1,004 yards on kickoff and punt returns and scored 65 touchdowns for the Prattville Lions.
Justin Albert fights for extra yardage in a state playoff game.
The high school senior watched Auburn's first spring scrimmage on Saturday. "They run the exact same thing we ran in high school so it is a perfect me for me," says Albert, who notes that the doctors told him he should be ready to go full speed in late May or early June after rehabbing his injured knee.
"I plan to come to Auburn and do my best," says Albert, who was a finalist for the 2007 Mr. Football Award for Alabama. "I am going to come in, bust my butt, do what I have to play football at Auburn," he says.