Linebacker Prospect Is AU's 22nd Verbal

Auburn has picked up another football verbal commitment for the 2009 signee class. Video and more is featured in the report.

Atlanta, Ga.--Douglass High School standout Jonathan Atchison told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Monday that he plans to sign with Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers after narrowing his choices to Auburn and Alabama.

"I am going to Auburn," the linebacker said. "I am committed. I have been waiting to get this recruiting over with and I am glad it is done."

Commenting on Auburn, he said, "I like the coaches at Auburn and I like the SEC--that's big-time football."

With a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.54 seconds, Atchison made 110 tackles and added 12 sacks as a junior. He also added 14 receptions for 370 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver.

The 6-3, 212 Atchison is rated a three-star prospect and the number 18 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. He had offers from LSU, Louisville, Kentucky, Mississippi State and many others in addition to Auburn and Alabama.

Atchison said he came away impressed after visiting the Auburn campus with his mother and a family friend in late July. He notes he toured the facilities and checked out AU's academic programs.

"It went real nice," Atchinson said. "I got to see more aspects of Auburn and what they had to offer as far as academics. I got to talk to some advisors and see some classrooms. Basically, I got to see everything other than dealing with football. Coming back to football I got to walk on the field and see the locker room where the players and coaches get dressed.

"I got to talk to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville for about 30 or 35 minutes," he added. "It was a real nice conversation. He told me and my family about everything Auburn had to offer. I got to meet with Coach (James) Willis and we hit it off. My mom really liked him. That was a good deal. She said he kind of sold her. That was real nice."

The Tigers will be replacing senior linebackers Merrill Johnson, Chris Evans and Courtney Harden following the 2008 season.



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