The Auburn Tigers have their first known commitment of the 2010 class and it is a big one. One of the top junior prospects in the state of Alabama took in Auburn's 14-12 win over Tennessee over the weekend. Apparently that was all he needed to see.
Dothan (Ala.) Northview dual-threat quarterback Braxton Chitty picked up a verbal offer over the summer from Auburn but had yet to receive his written offer in the mail. When he arrived on the Auburn campus over the weekend, he was offered the opportunity to commit to the Tigers. It was an offer he didn't want to pass up.
"Auburn never really gave me a written offer but they gave me a verbal over the summer and told me on Saturday that I could commit right then if I wanted to," Chitty said. "I told the recruiting coach, Coach Willis and he said if you want to be an Auburn Tiger you can tell me now. And then I went to tell Coach Tuberville."
Chitty grew up a fan of SEC foe Florida rather than Auburn, but early in the recruiting process he started grow to love the Tigers.
"Ever since they started recruiting me I've liked them," he said. "When I went up to camp there, everything went lovely and mostly it was the environment. The coaches treat me so good and I just said it was where I needed to be."
At 6-foot-3, 177 pounds, Chitty is a fluid athlete who excels at quarterback for his high school team but could be an elite wide receiver at the next level as well. Fortunately, Auburn is open to playing the versatile athlete at whatever position he feels comfortable.
"They said they're going to play me where I want to play," he said. "It really doesn't matter to me. I want to play quarterback but if they already have a quarterback when I get there then there's not a spot for me and that's ok."
To date, Chitty has received serious recruiting interest from Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Georgia and many more. He has received written offers from Nebraska and Duke as well as a verbal offer from Alabama over the summer. He recognizes that his versatility is his big strength.
"I can run and throw the ball, I've got speed at the receiver spots and I run smooth routes," he said. "I can do just about anything you ask."