Auburn Commitments Shine in All-Star Game

LaDarius Owens and his Auburn-bound teammates led a strong defensive effort at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game in Mobile.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn's five verbal commitments were each impressive in Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game won 21-13 by the Alabama team in the rain at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Defense dominated the action and nobody was more dominant than Auburn commitment LaDarius Owens who made three and a half quarterback sacks for the Alabama defense, which featured at trio of other high school seniors who are pledged to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Jawara White played linebacker on Saturday.

"It feels great to be able to get out there and get after the quarterback," Owens said. "I felt like I played well. I got to stand up in this game, something I didn't do too much during the season."

Owens, who lined up at end at Jess Lanier High School, played a role that was a combination end/outside linebacker on Saturday. In his regular season games he played end with his hand on the ground. "It allowed me to rush on the edge and get after the quarterback," he said after the all-star game.

"I had 3 1/2 sacks in the game and I should have had 4 1/2, but it was a lot of fun," he added. "The whole week was a great experience getting to meet and play with players from all over the state. We built good relationships and we had fun from the day we got here."

The Alabama All-Stars held the Mississippi team to five first downs and 44 yards of total offense in the defensive battle. The Alabama team managed just 138 total yards. The Mississippi team finished game with minus six net yards.

"I wasn't surprised at all how well we played on defense," Owens said. "When I saw who was on the roster, I knew we were going to have a good defense."

Three of the other starters on the Alabama all-stars defense are Auburn commitments Craig Sanders, Jawara White and Kenneth Carter. "Those guys looked great all week," Owens said. "With Kenny Carter, Craig and Rah-Rah (White) we are going to have some trouble for people.

"I can't wait to get to Auburn," Owens said. "I am solid."

Craig Sanders makes a sack in the all-star game.

Sanders, who de-committed from Alabama earlier this year and picked Auburn, said he enjoyed the all-star game and the week. "It was a lot of fun and it was a real blessing having a chance to play with all of these guys."

Game Notes: Auburn commitment Shon Coleman from Olive Branch High School started at left tackle for the Mississippi team. He is Auburn's only commitment from the Magnolia State for the 2010 signee class...Theodore linebacker C.J. Mosley served as a game captain for the Alabama All-Stars. Mosley has taken an official visit to Auburn and plans to choose between Auburn and Alabama for his college choice...Owens got the first big play of the game, a sack for a 14-yard loss. Owens, who is projected to play linebacker for the Tigers, started at defensive end.

Kenneth Carter will be a defensive lineman at Auburn.

Greenville High School defensive tackle Kenneth Carter, another Auburn commitment, started for the Alabama squad...Auburn commitment Craig Sanders from Ariton High School started at defensive tackle and also played defensive end. He is projected to be an end at AU. Sanders, who is scheduled to graduate this month, is set to sign scholarship papers to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers on Wednesday in a ceremony at Ariton High School. Sanders is expected to enroll early at Auburn along with another high school senior, Jessel Curry, who was the star on Friday at the Georgia Dome as he lead Buford High to a third consecutive Georgia Class AA state title.

Shon Coleman played guard and tackle for the Mississippi All-Star team. After the game he said he is solidly committed to Auburn.

Opelika High running back Corey Grant, who Auburn offered early, didn't have a big day running the football. The Alabama commitment carried the ball five times for a net two yards. He caught one pass for minus one yard...Dale Trimble, a cornerback from Gadsden City, was named MVP?of the Alabama team. The Kentucky commitment intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown and added three solo tackles plus two pass breakups.


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