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Trinity Christian duo both like Auburn, but taking different approaches

Jacksonville, Fla. standouts Andrew Buie and Ahmad Christian are both outstanding athletes in their own right. Buie is rated as a four-star and the 11th best running back overall by Rivals, while Christian is listed as a a three-star athlete.  Auburn is recruiting Christian as a defensive back and punt/kick returner.

The Trinity Christian stars were able to visit Auburn earlier this summer together, and both came away impressed. "I liked it a lot. I really like the coaching staff; Coach Lolley, Coach Chiz, they were great. The campus was nice too," said Christian.

Buie couldn't point out one thing in particular that stood out to him. "Everything was good, so it's tough to point out one thing. It was an all around good visit. They have a nice staff, and it's a pretty good college town," he said. "Other places I had been, there was more of a town surrounding it, but in Auburn, the college is the town. It's like you're around your peers all the time," added Buie.

While the two players are best friends, playing together isn't necessarily a priority for the two. "If it happens, it happens. We aren't planning on necessarily choosing together, but if it happens that way, it would be really great," said Christian.

However, before Buie can really get a great read on Auburn, he wants to know where he'd line up for the Tigers. "I'm being recruited as an athlete, and I want to find out where I'm gonna be at. I don't want to go somewhere where I get switched from position to position because it's easy to get thrown to the back that way," he said.

Christian is much higher on Auburn, but in the end, it may still not be enough. Not because another school will woo him away, but Major League Baseball may come calling. Christian is a two-sport standout who will play football and baseball wherever he decides to go. And lucky for Auburn, he likes both programs.

Currently playing in Orlando, Christian is the starting shortstop for Team USSSA in the Gold Medal Games against some of the world's best. "We're 6-0 right now and I'm doing good at the plate. Auburn came to watch me yesterday. Coach Foxhall is my recruiting guy and I like him a lot. They're definitely one of my top schools for baseball, too," said Christian.

As far as the MLB is concerned, Christian has a while to decide on that. "I'm not sure yet on what I'd do. I'm projected as a first to fifth round guy, so I'd have to sit down with my parents and think about and see where I'm drafted when it happens," he added.

Both players have had a tough time narrowing down a set group of favorites so far. Christian really hasn't had a chance to sit down and think about it, he says. Buie on the other hand is working on as we speak. "I've seen Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Louisville this summer. I'm working on narrowing it down, and kind of see who's real and who's not. I want to fully evaluate all the schools and look at everything all the way through before I make a Top 5 or Top 8. That's what I'll base my officials off of as soon as I get that narrowed down," said Buie.

Buie put up ridiculous numbers for Trinity last year, amassing 1,900 yards on the ground with 22 touchdowns. He's being recruited a little heavier than Christian, but that's not to say Christian isn't a top notch player in his own right. He found the end zone eleven times last season while averaging close to 12 yards per carry, and racked up 40 tackles to go along with four interceptions.

No wonder Auburn is after the talented pair. "Auburn will be there whenever I sit down to make my favorites soon. The staff is unbelievably great. I felt like Auburn was somewhere I could be. I felt like it was really a family, and Coach Chizik knows how important baseball is to me, and said it'd be fine to do both. Wherever I go, I'm going to play both," Christian said.

While the two players may be similar in some regard, their decision date will not be. Buie will holding out until February, while Christian wants to get it out of the way in September or October.


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