While Auburn went through its final BCS title game practice Saturday, it got some good recruiting news from two states away.
Brent Calloway, a five-star linebacker/running back from Russellville, Ala., switched his commitment from Alabama to the Auburn during the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.
Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Calloway as the No. 2 linebacker in the country and the No. 1 player in Alabama.
But he said he switched his commitment so he can play running back at Auburn. Calloway ran for 1,968 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior season at Russellville, playing sparingly at linebacker.
“I’ve seen the depth at linebacker at Alabama, and it’s stiff,” he said during an interview with Rivals. “And there are guys who are twice my size, and who have played this position for so long now. So that’s why I’m making a point where I say, hey, I should just go (to Auburn) and play running back.”
Calloway roomed with cornerback Jonathan Rose in San Antonio. Rose, the No. 3 recruit in Alabama, committed to Auburn in August and plans to enroll early to go through spring drills.
Auburn now has 17 commitments for 2011. National Signing Day is Feb. 2.