Sweet Water Star Selects Tigers

Chris Landrum is one of the top prospects in Alabama for 2011 and chose the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday.

Sweet Water, Ala.--Auburn continued its strong early recruiting run on Wednesday when standout linebacker/running back Chris Landrum committed to the Tigers over Alabama, Tennessee and several others.

"When I went to Auburn I always felt comfortable around the players and coaches," Landrum said. "I just felt like I was at home already. It felt like somewhere I could spend four years of my life."

Growing up a fan of Alabama with several ties to the Crimson Tide in his family, Landrum said that once he got a look at Auburn he quickly began to see it was the place for him.

"I was an Alabama fan that had never been to Auburn," Landrum said. "When I visited there it sort of changed my mind about things. I really began to like them. I like how they stress family. They just don't talk about it, they show it in everything they do."

A 6-3, 220-pounder with very good speed and strength, Landrum has been a vital part of the Bulldogs' success since his ninth grade season and played some on the varsity as an eighth-grader for one of the state‘s top programs. While he is capable of playing offense on the next level, he says the Tigers are recruiting him as a middle linebacker and that's where he wants to play in college.

Chris Landrum

Building a bond with his future position coach Ted Roof on several visits, Landrum says he would rather hit than be hit and that fits in perfectly on defense. Making several trips to Auburn, including for the A-Day game, Landrum adds that Auburn's family atmosphere is something that really spoke to him and was one the deciding factors in the end.

"It was real important to me," Landrum said of getting to know the coaches. "I just wanted to go somewhere where I felt comfortable. It wasn't about playing. It was about getting a good education and about being somewhere I would be comfortable around the players and coaches every day."

Also big was his relationship with the Auburn coaching staff. Making several visits to the Plains, he said getting to know the coaches was important for him.

"All of them made a big impression on me," Landrum said. "Coach (Jay) Boulware, coach (Ted) Roof, coach (Gene) Chizik, coach Trooper (Taylor). All of them."

In his junior year Landrum totaled 68 tackles and 12 sacks on defense while adding 947 rushing yards as a running back as Sweet Water failed to win the Class A title for the first time in four years.

Landrum joins offensive linemen Reese Dismukes and Thomas O'Reilly, defensive backs Izauea Lanier and Anthony Swain, and defensive lineman Angelo Blackson as Auburn commitments to this point.

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