Linebacker Commitment Blown Away By Visit

Auburn commitment Jessel Curry talks about his visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium to watch the Tigers take on West Virginia.

Buford, Ga.--When the Auburn Tigers took on the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium, it was the first opportunity for linebacker commitment Jessel Curry to see what a game day looks like on the Plains. Choosing Auburn over the summer, Curry spent plenty of time on campus on several occasions, but he says he now knows what it's like on a Saturday and he loves it.

"It was absolutely amazing," Curry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's the words that sum it up. My parents absolutely loved it. It was my first Auburn game and it was probably the best game I could have gone to. It was a close game and Auburn played their hearts out. It was a blast."

Curry made the trip to Auburn with his parents so they could also see what the atmosphere is like for a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium and on campus. That would seem to be a good measuring stick for the younger Curry considering his father Buddy Curry played at North Carolina and in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. Curry says his father agreed with his take on the atmosphere at Auburn.

"He said it was the best playing experience he's ever been to in any stadium," Curry says. "And he's been to a lot of places and a lot of games. That came from him when we were talking about it."

One of the biggest reasons why Auburn won the game was six turnovers forced by the defense. While they gave us some yards and points, in the end the defense did its job. Curry says that's one of the things that impressed him the most from watching the game was how hard the Tigers played at all times.

"They played their hearts out," Curry says. "It wasn't necessarily the best defense, but they played the hardest. Coach (Ted) Roof emphasizes to play hard and play fast. That's what they did and it paid off in the end."

In addition to the atmosphere in the stadium at the game, Curry also had the opportunity to hang out with several future teammates. Already friends with fellow linebacker commitments Jake Holland and Jawara White, Curry says the three of them hung out together for a good bit of the day.

"We went everywhere," Curry says. "We went into the locker room. We stood around and talked to each other and some of the other recruits. We talked about how much we can't wait to get there. We all got a look at what we're going to be going through."

While Holland and White are expected to join the team next summer, Curry will get a headstart on his playing career at Auburn. A very good student, he says he plans to enroll in January and go through spring practice to prepare for the 2010 season.

"It will give me a headstart on everything and gets my body ready to have a chance to play," Curry says. "I will be able to get some academic work and get used to college and the transition. It will give me a half-year to mature and get ready for next season."

With his early enrollment Curry says that he plans to take an official visit sometime this season with an eye on the Alabama game weekend. He notes he's going to try to make it back to several more games this season before the end of the year.

Before he gets to Auburn though Curry has some business to take care of as Buford is currently 2-1 on the season after dropping its first game in the last three seasons last week. In face Curry notes last week's loss is the first loss he's ever suffered on the football field.

"It was a humbling experience for me and for the team," Curry says. "I haven't lost a game since I was 10 years old. It was a jerk in the neck to tell us we've got to be more prepared every week."

Curry doesn't know his season totals, but says he had 13 solo tackles in the loss in addition to a pass break-up. He's currently checking in at 6-1, 205 and hopes to get back to his summer weight of 222 when he reports to Auburn in January.


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