January 20, 2013

Florida commit now considering AU

AUBURN -- James Hearns committed to Florida nearly a year ago and hasn't expressed much interest in considering a future that doesn't involve Gainesville.

That may be changing.

The Rivals250 linebacker from Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., said Sunday that he likes the way Auburn wants to use him in Ellis Johnson's new 4-2-5 defense. Hearns believes he can be the big hitter Auburn needs.

"After today, talking with Coach Johnson and all them, I'm very interested," Hearns said. "They definitely have a need for linebackers and especially a linebacker of my size that will fit into their defense perfectly."

Hearns is one of the biggest linebacker recruits around.

He measured 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds upon check-in this weekend. Power is a big part of his game, of course, but Hearns said his awareness on the field is what makes him a prized element.

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