Posted: 3:10 pm Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The big catch: Palm Beach Gardens OL Avery Young picks Auburn 

By Jeff Greer

The most anticipated decision in Palm Beach County recruiting has been made.

Young tugs on an Auburn hat after announcing his college choice. (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach Gardens offensive tackle Avery Young signed a national letter of intent today to play for Auburn, spurning Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Miami. His highly anticipated choice, which was broadcast by ESPN on national television, ended months (and even years) of speculation over where the prized lineman would attend college.

“I’m gonna go War Eagle, baby,” Young said, referring to Auburn’s fan chant.

In recent days, Miami made a serious push for Young, visiting the hulking senior in Riviera Beach. The Hurricanes landed several other big names in the area, including Miramar cornerback Tracy Howard and West Boca Raton linebacker Jawand Blue.

But it was Auburn that landed Gardens’ left tackle, impressing him with a strong official visit this past fall. Young (6-foot-6, 290 pounds, No. 1 on the Big Board) announced his decision in front of a crowded Gardens High auditorium, signing with running back Roshard Burney, who honored his commitment to West Virginia.

The signing tips the scales of the local recruiting lottery, giving Auburn one of the best classes in the area. Auburn also signed Dwyer tackle Patrick Miller, who enrolled early at the school after LSU told him there wasn’t room for him in Baton Rouge.

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