Tigers Add Speedy "Big Cat" Linebacker

Auburn received a commitment from highly-regarded linebacker Jawara White on Monday.

Troy, Ala.--The hard work on the recruiting front by the new coaching staff continues to pay dividends for the Auburn Tigers as Charles Henderson standout linebacker Jawara White became the second top prospect to choose Gene Chizik's program from the "Big Cat Weekend" when he announced on Monday at his high school.

"It felt more like home," White says of Auburn. "They're a great coaching staff they are God-fearing people. The players are very respectful and well-groomed guys. They're great guys to be around."

Recruited mostly by offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and defensive coordinator Ted Roof, the staff had a big impact on White's decision.

"They can relate to people more, they're more down to earth and I can talk to them anytime," White explains. "They're always in the office and I can call them anytime I want and talk to them."

Playing a position of need, the 6-2, 210 White becomes the second linebacker commitment for Auburn this year joining Pelham's Jake Holland, and the third in-state player along with wide receiver Jeremy Richardson.

White gave his commitment to Auburn over schools from several different conference. "In the end I chose Auburn over Florida State, Florida, Cal and Troy," he says.

A speedster who also runs track for the Trojans, White had a big junior season at both linebacker and wide receiver for his team.

In 2008 White made 88 tackles with one interception, caused six fumbles and recovered two more, had four sacks, and scored one defensive touchdown. He also rushed for 410 yards and caught passes for 375 yards, scoring seven offensive touchdowns. White averaged 25 yards per punt return and 28 yards per kickoff return on special teams.

Rated as a three-star prospect and the number 25 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, White is Auburn's sixth commitment for the 2010 class joining Holland, Richardson, Shaun Kitchens, Shun Coleman and Cody Parkey.

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