Craig Sanders Switches From Tide to Tigers

Defensive standout Craig Sanders has decided he wants to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers after previously committing to Alabama

Ariton, Ala.--One of the top defensive prospects in the Southeast made a big change on Wednesday as defensive end Craig Sanders switched his commitment from Alabama to the Auburn Tigers after making an unofficial visit to the Plains earlier this season for the West Virginia game and realizing that was the place he wanted to play.

Sanders told Inside the Auburn Tigers and that he will sign with Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Craig Sanders

Rated a four-star prospect and the number 20 defensive end in the country by, the 6-4, 240 Sanders is a talented athlete who could play defensive end, linebacker, or even tight on the on the next level.

This season tiny Ariton is off to a tough 1-4 start with Sanders trying to carry the load by himself, something he did often as a sophomore and junior. In 2008 he for 1,057 yards on 121 carries with 16 touchdowns in only seven games. He caught 13 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He accounted for 90 tackles, 71 solo, 32 for a loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, six interceptions, two pass breakups, one blocked punt and four blocked field goal attempts.

As a sophomore he had 79 tackles with 19 sacks and added over 400 rushing yards on offense as well as an addition 200 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end.

Sanders originally chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford and dozens of other schools.

He becomes Auburn's verbal 17th commitment for 2010 and joins Jake Holland, Jeremy Richardson, Jawara White, D.J. Howard, Chad Slade, Kenneth Carter, Justin Delaine and LaDarius Owens as players from the State of Alabama pledged to the Tigers.

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