Roby Takes A Second Look At Auburn

Speedy Bradley Roby talks about being in Auburn for the Furman game and gives his thoughts on the Tigers.

Suwanee, Ga.--One of the top athletes in the South this year, Peachtree Ridge standout Bradley Roby committed to the Vanderbilt Commodores during the summer as a wide receiver, but a season of success on defense has him giving a peek at the Auburn Tigers as the 2009 season comes to a close.

With the Tigers having success on the field and needing help at cornerback, Roby is giving Auburn a second look to make sure his commitment to the Commodores is solid. Saturday he took in Auburn's Homecoming win over Furman and says it was a great experience for him.

"I went to Tiger Walk and I really like that tradition," Roby tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I think they started all the walks that colleges do now. Several of the coaches came up to me and said hi to my mom. I met some of the coaches' wives. Before the game I talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik and his wife. We talked about different things. He wasn't pressuring me, but just wanted me to give Auburn a chance. I really liked it. It was nice."

After taking a visit to Auburn, Roby says the Tigers are more on his mind, but at the moment he still considers himself a Commodore.

"I'm still committed," Roby says. "Nothing has really changed. Auburn is a strong team. I don't see anything happening really drastically in the nearby future, but Auburn would be the first team. I might take an official visit there. I'm taking an official visit to Vandy for sure. I might take one to Auburn."

One of the reasons Roby chose the Commodores early on was the chance to play wide receiver. Auburn saw Roby as a defensive back after watching him at the position during a visit for a summer team passing camp. Since then Roby says he's softened some on playing defense, which could play in the Tigers' favor.

"At first it played a part, but during the season I have been doing pretty good at defensive back and I'm starting to like it," Roby says. "Our offense is mainly running the ball so I've had a lot of time to play defense. I play offense too, but my excitement comes from playing defense now. I'm starting to like defense more and more. Auburn offered me as a corner so that really opened me up to playing corner."

Cornerback is a position where the Tigers need immediate and lots of help in the next class. Currently with just three scholarship players at the position with Demond Washington moving to safety, Auburn played both Anthony Gulley and Philip Pierre-Louis at cornerback against Furman with Gulley expected to stay there the rest of the season.

With Walter McFadden a senior and only one commitment at the position to this point in Jonathan Mincy, Auburn's need at cornerback may be greater than any other position on the field from this point forward in the recruiting class. Roby notes that doesn't hurt Auburn's chances with him.

"Playing early is something they really stressed when I was there," he says. "A lot of schools say that they don't really have anybody and need some guys to come and play early. Lots of teams just say that, but at Auburn I kind of saw they really need guys. I saw a couple of receivers playing defensive back. Whenever you need receivers to play defensive back then you definitely are in need of some help."

At 6-0, 175 pounds with very good speed and a knack for making plays, Roby has helped Peachtree Ridge to an 8-2 regular season and a playoff berth Friday night against Kell High in Marietta. Playing offense, defense and special teams, Roby has accounted for 12 touchdowns and has scored receiving, running, on an interception, a fumble return, a punt return and a kickoff return.


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