Curry Makes His Decision

Jessel Curry

Buford's Jessel Curry made his commitment public on Tuesday to sign with Auburn.

Buford, Ga.--The Auburn Tigers continued their hot streak on the recruiting trail on Tuesday as talented linebacker prospect Jessel Curry committed to Coach Gene Chizik's program over West Virginia, Louisville, Wake Forest and others.

A visitor to Auburn for the Big Cat Weekend and then again last weekend to check out the campus, Curry says that he's just had that feeling about Auburn since he visited and decided to make it official.

"I like everything about Auburn," Curry says. "I really like the players I have gotten a chance to know, the coaches, the students and everybody I have met at Auburn. I just have a really great feeling about the place. I think it's going to be a great place for me to go to college."

The son of former Atlanta Falcons and North Carolina standout linebacker Buddy Curry, he's a 6-2, 215-pounder that has the athleticism to play outside for the Tigers because of good speed and quickness. He has been clocked at better than 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and better than 11 seconds in the 100 meters.

Making a visit to Auburn for the Big Cat Weekend, Curry decided to spend an extra day on the Plains to make sure of his feelings for the Tigers. An early commitment to West Virginia, he says in the end the lure of Auburn as a university was one that was too strong to pass up.

"I wanted to go to a place that would be great to go to school even if I wasn't playing football, even if I blew out both of my knees and couldn't play another down of football," Curry says. "Even without football I know I would love to be a student at Auburn."

A player who also plays fullback for defending Georgia state champion Buford High, Curry says that Auburn definitely wants him to play defense.

"They told me I am going to be an outside linebacker and I am excited about getting a chance to play for Coach Roof (Ted Roof, defensive coordinator and linebacker coach). We have built a really good relationship and I have a lot of respect for him."

Talking about his decision, Curry says, "I really love the coaching staff. Coach Thig (Tommy Thigpen) did a great job recruiting as did Coach Roof and Coach Chizik (head coach Gene Chizik. I have got to love the people I am going to be with the next four years and I love the Auburn coaching staff.

"The campus is really beautiful and it is only two hours away from home," Curry points out. "It is not too far from home and not too close. The academics are really good and it is SEC football, the best you can get. Overall, it is just a very good fit for me."

Jessel Curry has been a starter for Buford since his sophomore season.

Curry, who said he had prematurely committed to West Virginia earlier this spring, says he is done with recruiting. "I feel so good to get this off my chest," he says. "Auburn is the right place for me."

The future Tiger is taking summer classes at Buford High School so he can graduate in December and enroll at Auburn in January in time for spring semester classes that start in Janaury.

"I am going to work out four times a week, practice twice a week and I am going to work at my mom and dad's football camps that they have," he adds. "By making my decision the summer just got a whole lot less stressful."

Curry says the Big Cat Weekend he attended, which featured a variety of recruits, was an eye-opener for him when it came to Auburn. "That was probably the biggest thing in my decision," he says. "It changed my mind completely on going to West Virginia. It was awesome."

Jessel Curry checks out Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn during the Big Cat Weekend. Curry's father played knew Auburn assistant coach Thigpen, who was also a star linebacker at North Carolina like Jessel's father. "Coach Thig did a great job recruiting me," Curry says. "My dad watched him growing up. Coach Thig recruited my older brother (Justin) and he also recruited me."

Commenting on goals for his senior season, Curry says, "Don't get hurt, kick butt and enjoy it while I can."

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