Talented Walk-on Headed to Auburn Soon

All-State performer Justin Albert updates his status as he prepares to begin his collegiate experience as an Auburn Tiger.

Prattville, Ala.--Justin Albert has been one of the most exciting football players in Alabama high school football the past couple of seasons and he hopes to bring that same style of play to college football fields around the SEC.

After suffering an ACL injury in the state championship game last December, Albert says he is ready to get back on the football field and do it as a walk-on at Auburn.

"I am scheduled to report to Auburn on August 1st for practice," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I have been cleared by the doctor to play again," says Albert, who was a finalist for the 2007 Alabama Mr. Football award. "I had my surgery on December 20th."

The injury kept him from finishing the 6A state championship game as the Lions successfully defended their state title, but didn't prevent him from earning All-State honors for a second straight year.

For his high school career Albert totaled 3,467 rushing yards, 1,021 receiving yards and 1,004 yards on kickoff and punt returns. He scored 65 touchdowns for the Prattville Lions.

Albert, who says he is eager to report to Auburn, notes that he lost a significant amount of weight after his surgery. "I got down to 150 pounds," he points out. "Now I am 5-9, 170 and I have been working out a lot to rehab my knee. I would say it is back to 95 percent now."

A versatile player who saw action at tailback, played receiver and lined up as a returner, he was a big-play threat for Prattville with excellent moves and quickness. As a senior he was named to the Alabama Sportswriters Association Super 12 all-star team.


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