Hoover Wide Receiver Chooses Tigers

Hoover wide receiver Jaylon Denson talks about his decision to commit to Auburn on Monday.

Hoover, Ala.--It didn't take long for Hoover wide receiver Jaylon Denson to make his decision as he chose the Auburn Tigers on Monday following his second visit to the Plains in three days. Getting an offer following an impressive camp performance on Saturday, Denson said Monday was just the icing on the cake for him to be able to commit to the school he's wanted to attend since he started playing football.

"I made my decision," Denson said. "I told the coaches and they were real excited. Seeing everything on Monday just made it more exciting. It means a lot to me. It takes a lot of pressure off me to not be in that position of wondering what school I'm going to. With this commitment I know I'm going to Auburn. I know I'm going to play football. I know I'm going to have a great career."

Joined on his visit by his mother Tarell Denson, Jaylon said that the decision to choose Auburn and have an avenue for his future education is bigger than just playing football. He said it's a life-changing opportunity for his family.

"My mom was kind of having that pressure too of wondering where I was going to go," Denson said. "This just relieves the whole family. I can just breathe easier now."

Denson and his very happy mom.

Family is big for Denson and he'll be attending school with one member of his family next year as his aunt is still enrolled at Auburn. He added that he's also got family in Opelika. That's part of what made the Tigers attractive to him, but he said there were plenty more reasons to like Auburn.

Denson is one of the rare cases in football recruiting these days. Without an offer coming into Saturday's camp, Densen showed out and proved he deserved a spot with the Tigers. He said he knew coming in it was likely now or never for him and he wanted to show wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor he was worth taking a chance on.

"There was a lot of pressure," Denson said. "Troop talked to us before the camp even got started. He told us if we came out and dropped a lot of balls then it showed him we weren't ready for SEC football. I used that as a challenge. I went out and caught a lot of balls and did what I know how to do. In the end I earned a scholarship.

"I enjoyed working with Trooper Taylor very much," he added. "He's a good influence on me. I like him. He can make you laugh but at the same time he's serious when it's time to be serious."

With the decision now behind him and looking forward to his senior year, Denson said he's fully focused on helping Hoover repeat as 6A State Champions in 2010 and playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium to finish it off.

"It just feels great," Denson said. "My commitment is very strong. I will not be visiting other schools because it's needless. It's pointless. I have committed to Auburn and I'm going to stay with Auburn."

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