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December 14, 2007

Auburn picks up huge commitment

Auburn has picked up a huge commitment from one of the top prospects in the country.

Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola's T'Sharvan Bell, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, has informed the Tiger coaches of his intentions to sign with Auburn in February.

Bell is being recruited to the Plains by assistant Terry Price.

"Coach Price, coach Tommy Tuberville and coach Will Muschamp all came down Thursday," said Osceola coach Jeff Rolson. "They came to practice, made a whole visit out of it. He verbally committed then.

"There's no question he was excited about it."

Bell chose Auburn over several SEC and ACC offers including Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and West Virginia among others.

"We are excited for him. He's a good kid," said Rolson. "I know he's going to do well. I know he's going to do a great job for Auburn. We are really proud of him."

The 6-foot, 170-pound Bell, who played quarterback and defensive back in high school, projects as a cornerback at Auburn. Bell camped on the Plains in the summer and has been a top target for the Tigers since.

As a senior, Bell led Osceola to the state championship game, which will be played tonight. Bell however, won't get to play because of a knee injury suffered last week.

"He won't play this week, but he'll be fine," said Olson. "He's been our emotional leader, our spark this year.

"He played quarterback and we're an option offense. He still threw the ball extremely well. He's very athletic, made some plays on the run when the play broke down.

"Defensively, he's a kid we can put over there on their go-to receiver and take him completely out of the ball game. He can return kicks, too. He's a very fluid athlete. He's also very smart kid. No question about it. He understands the game."

Rivals.com ranks Bell the No. 35 athlete in the country. Bell is Auburn's 15th commitment in the 2008 class. He will take an official visit to the Plains in January.

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