For Auburn commitment Jessel Curry, he had already found out enough on both fronts to make his decision, but came back to the Plains to see the game and spend time with his future teammates. He said while things could have gone a little better, every trip to Auburn is a good one.
"I think Auburn played their hearts out," Curry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We made little mistakes on offense here and there. The whole visit for me was about bonding with the players that I'm going to be with. All four linebackers were there and Craig Sanders that just de-committed from Alabama. It's always exciting to bond with those guys."
Looking for help at the linebacker position, the Tigers have commitments from Jake Holland, Jawara White and LaDarius Owens in addition to Curry. That forms one of the strongest classes at the position in the country and should help provide immediate firepower next season.
"I think the chemistry between all four linebackers we have now and with Craig Sanders coming in, supposedly he's coming in early too," Curry said. "That will be a big help to our class. We'll be pretty good."
Curry has decided that next season won't get here soon enough for him though as he plans to graduate high school early and begin classes at Auburn in January. Sanders is also planning an early start coming out of Ariton High, giving the Tigers two additions on the defense for spring practice. Curry said his early enrollment should help him get adjusted quicker and possibly get on the field sooner.
"Me coming in early, it should help a little bit with academics," Curry said. "It's more about getting my body ready so I can compete.
"I got my papers in the mail on Wednesday so I just got them," he added. "I'm still filling those out. I'll be there in January."
Currently playing some tailback for his high school team in addition to his duties at linebacker, Curry ran for 110 yards and had eight tackles on defense as his team continues to roll towards the playoffs with just one loss. He said he plans to be back in Auburn for the Iron Bowl in November.