Small School Star High on Auburn

Chris Landrum, a class of 2011 prospect from Sweetwater High School, comments on his visit to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Sweetwater, Ala.--Chris Landrum came in to Auburn on Saturday saying he liked Coach Gene Chizik's program. He left on Saturday after watching the Tigers' scrimmage saying that Auburn is his favorite.

Landrum said after spending time with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and other members of his staff, he likes the "family" feel he gets between the coaches and players at the SEC program.

A starter in high school going back to his ninth grade year, Landrum points out the more he visits Auburn the more he likes the Tigers.

A star on both sides of the football for traditional small school powerhouse Sweetwater High, the 6-3, 220-pound Landrum could probably play a variety of positions in college. Right now he is leaning toward middle linebacker and said he enjoyed watching Auburn senior middle linebacker Josh Bynes handle that assignment in the scrimmage on Saturday.

After the scrimmage he sat in with the linebackers' position meeting run by Ted Roof, Auburn's defensive coordinator who is also in charge of the linebackers. He noted that was one of the highlights of the visit.

Commenting on why he is more interested in being a defensive player in college than playing tailback or another position on offense, Landrum said, "I like defense better than offense because I would rather hit people than be hit."

Commenting on Auburn, he said, "I am starting to like it more and more every time I visit...I see they care about their players a lot."

Landrum said he may be back in Auburn on April 17th for the Tigers' annual A-Day spring football contest. However, that depends on how things are progressing in another sport he is playing that is in the state playoffs.

In addition to playing multiple positions in football, he does the same thing in baseball. "I am playing center field and pitching,"?he noted. "I just started pitching well. Early in the season my fastball was only 82 to 83 miles per hour. Now it is back up to 86 to 87 miles per hour."

Landrum's Sweewater team is a regular in the state championship game.

Landrum, who notes that he would probably like to study accounting in college, said he isn't in a hurry to pick a program to sign with noting that he will make the decision "whenever it feels right."

Talking about what he does best on a football field, Landrum said, "Being smart and athletic are the strengths of my game. I also enjoy contact. I am not trying to get away from it."

The senior-to-be said he is looking forward to being able to hit people this fall playing for Sweetwater. "I think we are going to be good again this year," he stated. "We have a lot of people coming back on defense."


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