AU Football Signee Looking to Win Races

A report on a 2008 Auburn football signee is featured.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Philip Pierre-Louis is one of the fastest Auburn football signees in recent seasons and the wide receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas High will put that quickness on display at the Florida High School Athletic Association State Championships on Friday.

Finishing third in the 100 meters as a junior and second in the 200 meters, he will compete in both of those events on Friday at the state meet in Winter Park and will also run on his school's 4x400 relay team.

He ran a sizzling time of 10.35 in the 100 earlier this year and has a best mark of 21.0 in the 200. If he can match or better those times on Friday, he will have a good chance to head home as a champion, but it won't be easy.

"Leonardo Seymore of Dwyer is back again and he won both the 100 and 200 last year," Pierre-Louis tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. The winning 100 time last year was 10.72 in the finals and a 21.40 took the 200 title.

Pierre-Louis will be joined by fellow Auburn football signee Christian Thompson on the 4x400 relay team. Both players were key performers in helping St. Thomas Aquinas make a run to a state football title in December.

The two also competed on the 4x100 relay that had the fastest time in the state at 41.38, but that relay didn't make the state championships after dropping the baton on a handoff in a qualifying meet.

Pierre-Louis says he isn't sure how low he can go in the 100. "I ran the 10.35 into a headwind and the conditions weren't real good that day," he notes.

Christian Thompson

After this weekend, he and Thompson will have less than two weeks of classes left before graduating. "Everything is going good for me and Christian," Pierre-Louis says. "I talked to Coach (Eddie) Gran and he wants us to report to Auburn on June 8th for classes and so that is when we will be there."

Gran, who coaches running backs for the Tigers, also recruits south Florida for Auburn.

St. Thomas Aquinas head football coach George Smith says that Auburn is bringing in a pair of talented signees from his school who were key players in the run to the state title. "Those guys will progress and do what they need to do to have a chance to play," Smith says. "Both guys are very good athletes. Both are football players. Both like the game and I think both will have great careers."

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