Linebacker Prospect Expecting Busy Season

A recruiting update is featured on one of the top in-state football prospects for the 2009 signee class.

Bessemer, Ala.--Linebacker Harris Gaston says he plans to look into the possibility of graduating early from high school so he can enroll at Auburn in time for winter workouts and spring football practice prior to his college freshman season.

The 6-3, 210-pounder from Bessemer Academy committed to Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers back in April. Since then he has been focused on his senior season. Full squad practices will be starting next week, he says.

"I am still good to go academically and graduating early is something I am thinking about," says Gaston, who notes that he is going to check to see if he will have enough credits to finish high school in December.

Named Most Valuable Player of the his state champion team as a junior, he is expected to be even busier as a senior with his team losing some key players, including Auburn wide receiver commitment Brandon Heavens, following a coaching change. Heavens has transferred to Jess Lanier High.

"We lost three wide receivers, a linebacker and an offensive tackle," Gaston says. "Our running back is going to fill in for a linebacker and I am going to fill in at wide receiver."

Gaston notes that he played both ways last year, too, but adds, "We blew out a lot of people so in the second half I would sit out of a lot of games."

Auburn is recruiting Gaston to play linebacker and he says he feels just as strong about his commitment to the Tigers as the day he made it last spring. Gaston, who played basketball as a junior, says his focus is now football and he plans to concentrate on his senior season in that sport and then do offseason training to get ready for college.

"I haven't been to any football camps this summer," he says. "I have been mainly chilling with my friends and going to practice.

"I have been in the weight room working on my strength and I have been trying to get stronger," he adds. "I think have been able to do that."

Commenting on his goal for his senior season, "I just want to do whatever I can do so we can win whether it is tackling, whether it is catching or whether it is blocking."

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