Coach Says Tigers Getting A Gem In Landrum

Sweet Water coach Stacy Luker talks about Auburn's newest commitment Chris Landrum.

Sweet Water, Ala.--Coach Stacy Luker has been around his share of standout football players at Sweet Water High in his time there as the Bulldogs have been the pinnacle 1A program in Alabama for much of the last two decades. He said on Wednesday that it's not often a player like Chris Landrum comes around and he thinks Auburn is getting something special in the 6-3, 220-pounder.

"He's probably a better kid than he is a football player," Luker said. "He comes from a strong Christian family. He's a great kid. Very likeable. Very respected in our halls. He's handled all this like I expected him to handle it. Nothing is going to change him that's for sure. Nothing is going to change him. He's a great kid. They are getting a solid citizen, one they're not going to have to worry about when he's not on the football field. There's no maintenance to him."

Playing both linebacker and running back for the Bulldogs, Landrum is an explosive player that is a load for teams to handle offensively and defensively. That's what Luker said Auburn is getting is a player that can deliver an impact on the football game from the defensive side of the ball.

"He plays with a lot of power and speed," Luker said. "He runs to the ball well. He's very teachable, a very coachable kid. He's one that I think is going to get better and better as he goes and he's concentrating on one sport. I'm going to be excited to watch him develop at that level. I think he's going to contribute and play for them before he's done."

Playing football, basketball and baseball, Landrum hasn't had the opportunity to get in the weight room and increase his strength numbers during his high school career. That's something that Luker said is an added bonus with Landrum. Because he's such a good athlete he gives Auburn plenty of options on how he can help the Tigers down the road.

"He's the kind of athlete that can put his hand on the ground and rush or he can stand up and play in space," Luker said. "He's that kind of athlete. He can go on the offensive side and catch passes for them if he needed to. He's just a great athlete that can help them in a variety of ways. They're getting a special football player."

Landrum and his teammates are already focused on the upcoming season after the Bulldogs lost in the playoffs last season to Loachapoka, ending a run of three consecutive state titles. With Landrum at the center of the attack don't bet against Sweet Water hoisting the trophy this time around on his future home field at Jordan-Hare Stadium when the Super Six heads to Auburn for the first time in 2010.

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