On Wednesday the defensive end from Ariton High School will sign scholarship papers to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and will be able to enroll in classes in January so he can go through winter workouts and spring training with his new college teammates.
"It is a real blessing for me to be able to play for Auburn," the early high school graduate said. "I am excited about the opportunity."
Craig Sanders (No. 80 above and below) makes a sack and celebrates the play on Saturday at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.
Sanders picked up a solo quarterback sack and assisted on another one as he played with a high-energy style as the Alabama All-Stars won the matchup 21-13 at wet Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
"I really enjoyed the game and the opportunity to play with great players from across the state," Sanders said. "It is an honor being invited to play in the game."
He originally committed to Alabama in May, but had a change of heart and switched his pick to Auburn in September. Sanders is a priority recruit for the AU coaching staff that made Ariton High School a first day stop on its Tiger Prowl tour across the state earlier this year.
Sanders projects as a defensive end at Auburn, but he split time time lining up at end and tackle in the all-star game. "I thought I did pretty well at tackle," the 6-4, 235-pounder said.
Almost everybody on defense for the Alabama All-Stars played well. Auburn commitments LaDarius Owens, Kenneth Carter and Jawara White started for the Alabama squad that limited the Mississippi All-Stars to just 44 yards in total offense.
On Wednesday at Ariton High School, Sanders will sign his scholarship papers to play for the Tigers. He is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.