Junior Athlete Discusses Early Choice of AU

A talented in-state football junior tells Inside the Auburn Tigers why he picked AU over a variety of colleges.

Dothan, Ala.--Junior athlete B.J. Chitty of Northview High School has committed to Auburn.

Chitty (6-2, 185) plays quarterback for Northview, but projects as an athlete on the college level. He camped at Auburn during the summer and took an unofficial visit to AU the last two weekends for games against LSU and Tennessee.

He is the first commitment for the class of 2010 and had offers from Auburn, Alabama, Nebraska and Duke.

"Yes sir, I have committed to Auburn," Chitty tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I like everybody I have met there, the coaches, the players, the people. There is just something special about Auburn."

Chitty broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore for Northview High starting two games at QB while also playing wide receiver. He says he is not sure what position he will play in college.

Commenting on the best part of his game as a junior, he says, "It is being able to drop back and if there is nobody open being able to run the ball. The thing I am working on is my accuracy."

Chitty, who notes that he runs a 4.51 yard dash, says in the classroom he is making solid grades. "I am a good student and I make A's and B's and sometimes I get some C's."

The high school junior points out that he is looking forward to playing in college with former Northview High star Spencer Pybus, who is off to a good start for the Tigers this season as a freshman linebacker.

"Having Spencer at Auburn influenced me a lot in my decision to choose Auburn," Chitty says. "He was my high school teammate and I wanted to play with him again."

Chitty has played three sports at Northview. He says that he plans to give up baseball this season to concentrate on football, but will continue to play shooting guard on the basketball team.

However, this fall the focus is on football. "Our team is 2-3 and we can do better and we are going to do better," he says. "We play Enterprise this week."

This season Chitty scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute left on a 30-yard touchdown run against Central-Phenix City. He also had 256 passing yards and 85 rushing yards in a loss to Auburn.

"I really don't have a favorite position," says Chitty. One thing he is sure of is that he really likes the Auburn program. "I am planning to come back and visit for the next two home games," he says.

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