Juco Cornerback Plans to Sign With Tigers

Auburn picked up another verbal commitment prior to signing day.

Milledgeville, Ga.--Cornerback Taikwon Paige was looking forward to the chance to saying yes to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and that happened as he committed to Auburn on Tuesday night.

"I was hoping to get an offer from Auburn," the junior college sophomore said. "I really like the coaches and the whole program. I had a great time on my visit to Auburn and I feel like I will be able to fit in there.

"I like the people there and the players I met," he added. "They told me on my visit they could have a spot for me and they would call me and let me know."

The juco prospect from Georgia Military Academy, who played his high school football in Aiken, S.C., had previously committed to the University of Minnesota, choosing the Gophers over Oklahoma State, East Carolina, Kansas State and Louisiana Tech.

Paige says he believes his strengths are his man-to-man coverage ability and his sub 4.5 40-yard dash speed. He says as a high school track athlete in his hometown, Aiken, S.C., he ran a best time of 10.5 second in the 100 meters. He also played basketball in high school.

The 6-0, 180-pounder made six interceptions as a freshman with more than 40 tackles. He also returned three kickoffs for scores that year., He had 20 tackles and no interceptions as a sophomore and notes that teams seldom challenged him in 2008.

Paige was All-State as a senior in high school and was a three-year starter who played cornerback and wide receiver. He was also an outstanding kick returner.

Paige is expected to sign a scholarship papers on Wednesday to play for the Tigers.



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