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Caden Story wins the 2A Lineman of the Year and yes, he's still committed to Auburn

Caden Story wins the 2A Lineman of the Year and yes, he's still committed to Auburn

Caden Story smiled at the sound of hard work honored. The Alabama Sports Writers Association's Class 2A Lineman of the Year plaque clattered against his state tile ring. It was his goal to win the honor a second-straight year after last season's banquet was canceled.

When he came back to Auburn, Story accomplished the feat of receiving the wooden tablet in person instead of in his mailbox. In an outfit he looked forward to wearing, a brown sweater with khakis, and the question shifted again. Are you still committed to Auburn?

Story's crystal ball prediction for 247Sports hasn't changed in the months before his signing, yet no strong contenders have emerged, yet Tigers fans have still wondered about the four-star since Story did not sign during the December period.

Clifford Story, his father and coach at Lanett, reaffirm their commitment to Thursday afternoon.

Im still committed to Auburn, Story said, I dont intend on decommitting. Im still looking into things to see if Auburn is still the place for me, but as of right now, thats the place.

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According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the nation's 28th-ranked defensive line recruit will be deployed to Florida on Wednesday, and it's considering another visit to Clemson, where former-Auburn coach Nick Eason joined the defensive staff last week.

Story's first day on television was on Thursday to reflect on his three-year success. After Clifford trained the youngest of his three sons to play quarterback, Story was relegated to one of the program's most prominent defensive linemen (17 sacks as a senior).

Story could chuck it downfield, but his defense was developing strength and not the mobility necessary for Clifford's offense. He first tried tight end, but depth issues on the defensive line positioned Story for a future of Division I football.

Clifford, who has won 109 state titles with the Panthers, said: When he puts his hand on people, they go backward.

Story was impressed with his brother Kristian before he signed for Alabama in 2020. Clifford wanted his youngest son to be honored at the All-American Bowl.

In the interim, Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin has made a comprehensive effort to boost the Tigers' defense, including adding two defensive line talents to the Tigers, including Enyce Sledge.

Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group, so follow him on Twitter or send him an email.

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