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Opelika DB Roberts flips commitment from Alabama to Auburn

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Opelika senior defensive back Stephen Roberts has switched his college commitment from the University of Alabama to Auburn.

The news broke early Wednesday afternoon, and Opelika head coach Brian Blackmon confirmed it to News 3 Sports Director Jonathan Huskey in a text message.

Roberts had committed to Alabama after Auburn's coaching change, saying the Crimson Tide's history of putting players in the NFL was a deciding factor. But after meeting with Gus Malzahn and attending several Auburn games—including Saturday's win over Georgia—Roberts made his decision to switch.

Blackmon said the Auburn coaches told Roberts he has a chance to play as a freshman. That, combined with the proximity to his home in Opelika, were heavy factors in the decision to switch.

Roberts will join fellow Opelika Bulldog Jakell Mitchell on the Plains. Shortly after Roberts made his decision, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee tweeted, "War Eagle!"

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from reference verbal commitments directly.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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