Curry Excited About Future As A Tiger

Linebacker Jessel Curry made it official on Wednesday as he signed with the Auburn Tigers and will enroll in school early this January.

Buford, Ga.--It's hard to imagine a bigger week than the one Auburn commitment Jessel Curry has had.

It started last Friday when he was named the Offensive MVP of the Georgia Class AA title game as his Buford Wolves won for the state championhip for a third consecutive year.

Next he took his official visit to Auburn over the weekend on Wednesday he made his commitment to Auburn official by signing with the Tigers and Coach Gene Chizik.

An early high school graduate, Curry plans to move to Auburn in early January and begin classes for the start of the semester. That will also allow him to go through spring practice and get a head start on the 2010 season. Curry says he's excited, but also a little nervous about taking the next step in his life.

"I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also a little nervous as I should be," Curry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm going to be 17 the whole month until February. I have a lot of growing up to do and I'm going to have to do it quickly."

Curry will be joined as an early high school graduate enrollee by fellow commitment Craig Sanders. Curry notes that the players already committed to the Tigers have built a special bond that he believes will benefit them in the years to come.

"It's definitely a plus," he notes. "It's going to turn out a lot better because of how it's starting to unfold. We're good friends right now. I think it's going to help us become really special and really close in the end."

Curry had the opportunity to check out Auburn one more time before signing on the dotted line with his trip to the Plains with his parents last weekend. He says it was just about continuing to build relationships for him because he had seen all he needed to see from the Tigers.

"It was really just taking an inside look and getting with some of the current players to ask them questions about what to expect," Curry says. "I wanted to ask as many questions as I could to try to figure out what it's going to be like."

Last Friday, Curry was dominant on the field as Buford defeated Calhoun for a three-peat championship. The 6-2, 215-pounder scored both touchdowns in a 13-10 win and rushed for 64 yards as well. Curry says this title was one he won't soon forget because he played a big part in making it happen.

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"It was probably the biggest thing that could happen," Curry says. "Our team wasn't as talented. We were actually very young with a lot of sophomores playing.

"Buford usually mashes everybody and then in the playoffs games get closer," he points out. "This year we had like four or five close games. It showed that we could pull together as a team and play better than we could individually."

One of the few holdovers along with Kolton Houston from back-to-back championship teams, Curry had to take on the role of a leader this season for Buford. He also had more duties on both offense and defense for the Wolves as a senior and he notes it made this title even more special.

"When I was a sophomore I wasn't playing for myself and for my senior year, it was more for the seniors," Curry says. "I didn't really contribute as much. My junior year it was a little more special. As a senior and playing both offense and defense, it's really special. It is really taking a toll on me now."

Curry says he plans to move to Auburn on Jan. 7 to begin classes and get a start on working out to prepare for spring football practice.


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