Football Tigers Pick Up Another Commitment

Wilfred Journet

What has been a busy season for Auburn football recruiting continues to stay busy as signing day approaches on Wednesday.

LaFayette, La.--The Louisiana 5A Defensive Player of the Year for the 2006 football season, Wilfred Journet of big school state champion Acadiana High School, has committed to Auburn.

"I plan to sign on Wednesday with Auburn," said Journet, who took his official visit to Auburn this weekend.

"I had a great time at Auburn," he added. "I really like the players and the coaches. I feel like it is a really good fit for me."

Journet, who currently weighs 242 pounds and stands six-foot-two, is a sign to place prospect. "I am going to go to Co-Linn junior college next season," he said.

Journet was the only prospect visiting Auburn this weekend.

"It was really a good visit," he said. "I toured the campus, I met some of the players and I met the coaches. Pat Sims (defensive tackle) was my player host. The coaches broke it down with me how they run their schemes on defense."

Journet, playing weakside defensive end, had a monster senior year. "The newspaper said I had 126 tackles, but my coach says I had 145 total tackles with 40 behind the line of scrimmage," he noted. "I had 24 sacks. I scored three touchdowns, six blocked kicks and two forced fumbles."

"Pat and I basically talked about football this weekend," Journet said. "He gave me info about the coaches and how everything works at Auburn. Basically, it was good.

"I talked to Mr. Troy Smith, the academic counselor, about getting my books in order," he said. "I toured the campus and the football stadium. It is a big stadium."

Journet added, "I think Auburn is a really good fit for me. I could go to LSU in my backyard and and compete for championships there, but I think Auburn just fits me perfectly. I feel like I am home at Auburn."

A three-sport athlete at Acadiana High, he is skipping basketball this season, but plans to run the 200 meters and throw the shot put on the track and field team.

"We played a 50 defense and I lined up at weakside linebacker, a position that gives me a little more freedom to make plays," said Journet, who said his fastest 40-yard dash is 4.6.

Journet will join another Auburn signee at Copiah-Lincoln junior college in Mississippi, Raven Gray of Enterprise, Ala., who played there this past season as a freshman. Gray hopes to join the Tigers in time to play in 2008.

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