Speedy In-State Wide Receiver Picks Auburn

Auburn picked up its fourth football commitment of the week on Monday night. His comments and a highlight video are featured.

Mobile, Ala.--LaVoyd James, a standout at Auburn's two-day football camp over the weekend, told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Monday night that he will sign with the Tigers.

Quick and elusive, the 5-10, 180-pound James was one of the top junior football players in south Alabama last fall and has been recruited by a variety of programs. "I had more than 10 scholarship offers," says James, whose other SEC offers are from Ole Miss and Mississippi State. "I can't even remember all of them now."

Commenting on his decision to pick Auburn, he says, "I just committed. I like that they run the same offense that we run at Williamson High. I like that they get the ball to the wide receivers. It is a fun offense to play in."

James notes that he caught 18 touchdown passes in 2007 and netted 780 receiving yards catching balls from talented 2007 senior quarterback Brandon Smith, who signed with Auburn and Jones Junior College in Mississippi, where he is a sign-to-place prospect for the Tigers.

James received an offer from the Auburn staff after his strong camp performance and it took him a little more than 24 hours to decided that is where he wants to play college ball, following in the footsteps of current Tiger standout from Williamson, defensive end Antonio Coleman.

"The coaches told me that they liked how I did at the camp," James points out. "I ran a 4.4 in the 40 and I ran a 4.1 in the (NFL short) shuttle.

James, who notes that he has been on the honor roll for four straight grading periods, finished fifth in the 100 meters at the state track meet with a time of 10.9. He also ran on the 4x100 relay and is a long jumper with a best leap of 21 feet.

The wide receiver, commenting on his strength as a player, says, "It is getting in the open zones and catching the football, along with my speed."

Commenting on what his focus is on this summer, he says, "Getting ready for my senior season, I am going to continue to work on catching the ball and my strength."

James is the third player from Williamson High to commit to the Tigers for the 2009 signee class joining defensive end Terrence Coleman and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who will be a sophomore this fall at Copiah-Lincoln, Miss., junior college. That trio is being recruited for Auburn by linebacker coach James Willis, who has also picked up commitments from QB Raymond Cotton and DL Jamontay Pilson.

The wide receiver says he is excited about his decision to attend Auburn. "I haven't decided what I am going to study in college, but I am thinking about business."

AU head coach Tommy Tuberville personally made the scholarship offer, James notes. "That meant a lot to me," the receiver says.



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