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Yeldon still firm to Tigers

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Five-star running back and Auburn commit T.J. Yeldon has found a great way to avoid the steady stream of attention from coaches and media during his recruitment.
"I don't really answer my phone," Yeldon said Wednesday. "So I don't get bothered."
This week, it has been difficult to avoid the media crush.
Yeldon, a senior from Daphne (Ala.), has been one of the most heavily interviewed prospects during preparation for Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. The fact he made a visit to Alabama last weekend is one of the reasons why.
"It was great," Yeldon said of his trip to Tuscaloosa. "I had a blast with all the other guys. Most of them are here today -- Jameis Winston, Reggie Ragland, Ryan Anderson."
After taking a few days to reflect on that visit, where does the 6-feet-2, 205-pound Yeldon stand?
"I'm still firm with Auburn," Yeldon said. "I just love it up there. I mean, I'll get early playing time, I like the coaches up there and I like hanging around with the players."
Yeldon, who rushed for 2,000-plus yards in 2011, is classmates with Anderson, a four-star linebacker and Alabama commit, at Daphne. He maintained that Anderson is "giving me my space" when it comes to his recruitment.
"I can't make everybody happy," Yeldon said. "I've got to do what's best for me."
According to Yeldon, there is a chance he could take another official. If he decides to do so, it very well might be to Southern California. Admittedly, though, he hasn't talked to the Trojans "in awhile."
"Maybe, I don't know," Yeldon said about a possible USC visit, "It's probably 50-50."
For now, Yeldon is focused on enjoying his week in Montgomery. Even with all the media attention he is getting.
"I just want to go out and have fun," Yeldon said. "Play my game like I always do."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kneebs01@aol.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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