The 6-0, 224-pounder from Athens, Ala., High School tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that head coach Tommy Tuberville and running backs coach Eddie Gran told him to get ready for action as a true freshman. "They told me that I have a good chance to play this coming season and they want me to come to Auburn and work out this summer," Jude noted.
Auburn's second verbal commitment for the 2003 signee class, who made his decision last summer, Jude said he is excited about the opportunity. He missed most of his senior campaign with a knee injury and notes that just makes him more eager to get back on the gridiron. "I can't wait to get started again," he said. "It was tough not being out there playing."
Jude has been cleared by his doctor to start running again. "I have been jogging for three or four weeks," he said. "He didn't tell me when I could go full speed. If he lets me, I want to run track in the spring."
Brandon Johnson is the returning starter at fullback. He will be a senior this season so Jude has a great opportunity to break into the playing rotation. Jude said he discussed that with his future teammates and coaches and met a lot of others during his weekend at AU.
"T.J. (freshman defensive end Tommy Jackson) was my player host," Jude said. "We went to Applebee's for dinner on Friday night. I got to talk to a lot of the players like DT (linebacker Dontarrious Thomas), Karlos Dansby, Ronnie Brown, Reggie Torbor, Travis (Williams) and AT (Antarrious Williams). I had a real good time on the trip."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Jude said he hasn't decided on his major as a college student, but noted he has been working hard in the classroom to make sure he keeps his grades up. "I made nothing but A's and B's on my report card," he said.