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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Signee profile: LB Chris Landrum

Chris Landrum, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Sweet Water, Ala., is the Tigers' latest signee.

He suffered a fractured left fibula and a dislocated tibia in the 2010 season opener but had surgery and returned in time to earn MVP honors in the 1A state championship, which Sweet Water won 36-0 over R.A. Hubbard. Landrum had nine tackles and a 10-yard touchdown run in the game.

A big, fast linebacker, Landrum could play either inside or outside linebacker at the college level. The scouting services say his strong tackling skills could be a boost on special teams right away.

He had 68 tackles, 12 sacks and 947 rushing yards his junior year.

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  • Committed: May 12, 2010
  • Recruited by: Jay Boulware
  • Also considered: Alabama, Tennessee, Duke, UAB, Memphis
  • Rivals: 48 position (OLB), 21 state
  • Scout: 22 position (MLB)
  • ESPN: 105 position (OLB)
  • Notable: Missed nine weeks during the regular season because of the leg injury but returned for all five of Sweet Water's playoff games.
  • Quotable: “I was an Alabama fan that never had been to Auburn. When I visited, it sort of changed my mind about things. I really liked it. I like how they stress family. They don't just talk about it. They show it." -- Landrum
Here's a scouting report by Scout's Scott Kennedy:
A big hybrid defensive end, linebacker who lines up all over the field for his Sweet Water team including wingback and wildcat quarterback at times. Is used mostly as a pass rushing end or blitzing linebacker. Is strong at the point of attack, but lets himself get blocked too much, content to let his pass rushing move consist of dipping a shoulder into a lineman and driving him backwards. A tough blocker at wing back.

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