picked up its sixth verbal commitment for the 2009 football signee class with wide receiver Brandon Heavens
choosing the Tigers on Monday.
"I made my decision today and I am going to be an Auburn Tiger," Heavens told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am excited about playing for Auburn and their spread offense."
Heavens said he picked Auburn over Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky and notes that all of those colleges have offered scholarships.
The speedster is the second player from Bessemer Academy to commit to the Tigers this spring. His teammate, linebacker Harris Gaston, also plans to sign with Auburn for the '09 class.
Heavens, who is also a standout return man, notes that Auburn is recruiting him for that role, too.
Heavens, who had his first SEC offer from Mississippi State, put up big numbers as a junior. He was the 2007 AISA Back of the Year after scoring 22 touchdowns. He racked up 1,236 receiving yards, 730 rushing, 585 on kickoff returns and 568 on punt returns.
He also is a starter at point guard on the Bessemer Academy basketball team and averaged 12 points and five assists this past season as a junior.
Heavens, who has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40, says, "I would say the best part of my game is my speed."
Commenting on Auburn, he adds, "Of all of the schools, I thought Auburn was the best college for me. They have a spread offense and most of their receivers are leaving.
"It is a school where I have a better chance to getting early playing time," he adds.
He notes that teammate Gaston did a good job of lobbying him to commit to the Tigers, too. "We have known each other since elementary school. We have always talked about how we were going to play against each other or with each other once we got to college."
Heavens adds more about his decision. "It is just the whole atmosphere down at Auburn. I just thought it is the best school for me. They run the spread offense, which we run in high school."
Heavens took an unofficial visit to the Auburn campus last week to spend time talking to AU coaches, including Tommy Tuberville, and he also took a tour of campus. He says that trip and several previous visits going back to last fall had a big influence on his decision.
"I wasn't even thinking about Auburn at first," he says. "Then I got a chance to go some of their games and I went to the A-Day Game. I started to get real big on Auburn. The visit just made it all."
Heavens says he has also been recruited by Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
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