AU Offers Texas Linebacker

Inside the Auburn Tigers catches up with linebacker Justin Isadore of Ozen, Texas, High School.

Beaumont, Texas–In rare fashion, the Auburn football coaches have been recruiting the state of Texas for class of 2009 prospects and have extended offers to numerous high school juniors. One of the prospects is linebacker Justin Isadore from Ozen High School in Beaumont.

The last Lone Star State product to sign with Auburn was Brian West in 2005, who was also from Ozen High School.

In another new trend from the AU coaches, they've also been sending out offers earlier than normal and were the first school to offer Isadore.

"Auburn was the first one," he says, "but I'm pretty sure in the next few weeks or so I'm probably going to have a lot more. A lot of coaches have been calling me and telling me that they're most likely going to offer me.

"I was excited and happy," Isadore adds of the AU offer. "Now that I got the offer I've learned a lot about them. It's like football country out there. It's like the football capital, and I'd have a chance of playing early. I could get some early playing time there because they don't have a lot of linebackers. That's also a good thing, but I don't mind redshirting though."

Auburn will have just two true freshmen linebackers on scholarship in the fall, so that position will be a need for the 2009 class.

Isadore says that Auburn, Arizona and TCU are giving him the most attention right now, but he's hearing from schools from across the country.

"I'm hearing from Kansas State, Baylor, TCU, Arizona and, of course, Auburn. Stanford just hollered at me on Monday.

"Location does not matter at all," he adds.

Isadore says that he hasn't had a chance to visit any college campuses yet, but it looks like Auburn may be the first stop. His brother has a wedding in Florida coming up, which makes the journey to Auburn much easier.

"I'm going to visit my brother in Florida, and on my way back I was going to ask if I could go down there and they could show me around," Isadore explains. "I'm going call Coach (Greg) Knox and make sure it's okay."

Isadore checks in at 5-11, 200 pounds and claims a 4.6 40-yard dash, 265-pound bench press and 430 on squats. He had 112 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during an impressive junior campaign at middle linebacker.

"I had second team All-District and second team All-Southeast Texas," Isadore states. "I'm the total package at linebacker. There is nothing I can't do at linebacker. I had four interceptions at linebacker, and there aren't too many linebackers out there doing that. I had two defensive touchdowns. Anything you need me to do at the middle linebacker position, I can do it."

Isadore also plays basketball at Ozen "to work on my footwork and my quickness," he notes.

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