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Auburn Hires Former Tiger Jorrell Bostrom in Player Development Position

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  The Auburn Tigers take the field prior to the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Former Auburn offensive lineman Jorrell Bostrom, a member of the Cam Newton-led Tigers team that won the 2011 BCS National Championship, has been hired by the program as the assistant director of player development.

Bostrom took to Instagram to confirm the hire, posting a screenshot of a news report that he cites from Auburn Undercover, Auburn's affiliate on the 247Sports network:

Note: The full post by Bryan Matthews, which is a special feature for subscribers of Auburn Undercover, can be found in restricted form here.

Per the story in the photo, Bostrom has worked in the program's recruiting office for the past few years since graduating from the university. He was a backup on the 2010 Auburn team that won the national title, seeing time mostly in a swing-lineman role and on special teams.

That he made it to Auburn, one of the best football programs in the country, in the first place was a feat unto itself.

According to a 2010 profile of Bostrom by Robert Walsh of the Deseret Newshe was adopted when he was one year old, didn't even start playing football until eighth grade, spent a gap year after high school delivering food to public schools in his home state of Idaho and served a Mormon mission for two more years before enrolling in Bakersfield College, a two-year school in California, in 2006.

By chance, his friend Jacob Bower, who played quarterback for BYU and Tulsa during his college career, was at Bakersfield at the same time as Bostrom. Through some coaching networking, Bower was able to get Bostrom's film in the hands of then-Colorado assistant Jeff Grimes, which would eventually lead him to Auburn.

Walsh explains:

After Bakersfield, Bower went to the University of Tulsa to play quarterback for the Hurricane and told his offensive coordinator about Bostrom. A series of coaching contacts and changes would lead Bostrom to Auburn.

Jeff Grimes, an assistant coach at Colorado, had been at BYU when Bower was there, and Bostrom sent film to Grimes. "Initially, I was thinking of maybe going to Colorado," Bostrom said.

But Grimes took a job at Auburn, and "I heard from him again and I ended up coming down here," said Bostrom, who is listed second at the right guard spot on the Auburn depth chart.

Bostrom eventually found a home on the Plains and is now set to continue his post-football career as a member of the Tigers football program, taking on an even bigger role than he previously had.

It's funny how some things work out.

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