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Yeldon remains solid to Auburn

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FAIRHOPE, Ala., -- Just minutes after rushing for 359 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-24 win over archrival Fairhope on Thursday night, Rivals100 running back T.J. Yeldon of Daphne (Ala.) was asked how firm his commitment to Auburn is.
"It's solid," Yeldon told Rivals.com. "It's solid."
According to Yeldon, a 6-feet-2, 200-pounder who is rated as the country's No. 34 prospect, he will unofficially visit the Tigers this weekend when they play Florida. He recently attended Alabama's home game Sep. 24 against Arkansas, which fueled speculation his pledge to the Tigers was shaky.
But Yeldon said, "I just wanted to go to Bama to have fun with my friends."
Asked how many times he has been to Tuscaloosa, Yeldon said he didn't know. He added he has visited Auburn "more than Alabama."
A future trip to Alabama, however, seems likely.
Despite his commitment to Auburn, Yeldon said he plans to take multiple officials, and not just visit the Tigers.
"I'm not sure right now where all I'm going, I'm just looking around," Yeldon said. "I know I'm going to Alabama."
When might these visits come?
"Um, I'm not sure yet," Yeldon said. "I'm expecting to graduate in December but I don't know if I am."
Yeldon's big Thursday night, which came on 35 rushes, was punctuated by a fourth quarter in which he produced runs of 50 and 85 yards, the later being good for six. It was the 23rd straight victory for Daphne, and a career high output for Yeldon despite the fact Fairhope stacked the box most of the night.
"I've had 300 before but that's my highest," Yeldon said. "Their defense got tired real fast. We just kept doing hurry up and hurry up. We knew they'd get tired. Coach told us they would."
Yeldon had 16 carries for 122 yards in the first half.
"We went in there at halftime, and our offensive line coach that's up there watching made adjustments," Yeldon said. "And we picked up the blocks real well."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kneebs01@aol.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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