B.J. Chitty (Braxton Jarrell), is the 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Northview High School in Dothan, Ala, who committed to Auburn last fall when he attended the Tiger/Tennessee contest. Of course that was before the dismissal of then-coach Tommy Tuberville and that commitment didn’t last.
“I committed too early,” Chitty admitted. “I really liked coach Tuberville and the spread they were running. I don’t think he should have been fired because he only had one bad season, but that happens.”
And what are the odds that Chitty will pull the trigger early again? “I don’t want to do that again,” he said. “I don’t want to rush into anything and plan on really taking my time and seeing as many programs as I can.”
Auburn is one of those programs that Chitty is still interested in. He says they are only two and half hours from his house and acknowledges that’s a small factor. “I want to stay a little close,” he said. “I don’t want to get too far. I’d like to be about a four to six hour drive away."
He says his offer from Auburn has been confirmed by the new coaches but other sources dispute this. “But I haven’t really gotten to know them yet,” Chitty said. “I need to get to know the coaches more, but I really like the town and the fans. They have great people there.”
Despite his interest in the Tigers, Chitty admits that his new favorite is Auburn’s in-state rival Alabama. “My parents love Alabama,” he said. “They want to see me in Crimson.”
Besides being his parents' preference, the Tide are only four hours from his home and he says they’ve been recruiting him quite hard despite not offering him a scholarship yet. “Last summer I went to their camp and they said they definitely want to offer me,” Chitty said. “But nothing came. I thought I’d get the letter and I think I still will because they seem very interested.
“I’ve talked with coach Nick Saban a couple of times and he’s a really nice guy,” he said. “He’s very impressive.”
Chitty says the Tide now lead slightly over Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Of those, only the Tigers have offered. The Seminoles and Dawgs are not recruiting him heavily. “I’ve gotten mail from them, but haven’t talked to the coaches yet,” he said.
He says he also has offers from Nebraska, Southern Miss and Duke.
Chitty says he followed Florida as a youngster. “I’m a huge Gator fan,” he said. “I love the spread offense and seeing the ball being aired out. Speed kills and they’ve got it.”
So does he think the Gators will send a scholarship his way? “I’ve talked with them a few times and they said they really want me to come to their camp,” he said. “They want to see what I can do.”
One of the reasons that Chitty may be somewhat of a question mark is because he played quarterback last season and is being recruited to play wide receiver. “I love playing receiver and want to play receiver in college,” he said. “But I’ll be playing quarterback next season too.”
As a signal caller, Chitty rushed for over 600 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also passed for around 1500 yards.
“I have pretty good speed and run great routes,” Chitty said. “I just know what to do when I have the ball in my hands.
“I’m very laid-back on the field and don’t try to make too much happen,” he said. “I let the game come to me.”
Chitty says he can bench 240-pounds, squat 350 and claims a 37-inch vertical jump. He’s hoping to improve his 4.6 forty speed. “I really want to get my forty down,” he said.
“I want to improve my speed and be more explosive,” he said. “Also I haven’t played wide receiver since my 10th grade year, so I need to work on all the little things and get back into it.”
Chitty says he’d like to major in engineering and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he will be retaking in June.