AU Commit Anxious To Get On Campus

Izauea Lanier talks about redshirting this season and getting to Auburn for spring practice.

Scooba, Miss.--Failing to qualify out of Gordo High School last year, athlete Izauea Lanier spent last season playing defensive back for the East Mississippi Community College where he had a solid freshman season. Totaling 66 tackles with nine pass deflections and four interceptions, the 6-1 1/2, 190-pounder got his first taste of college football and it was the taste of success.

With his mind on getting to Auburn, Lanier decided this season would be spent redshirting much like current Tigers Eltoro Freeman and Nick Fairley did in junior college. Playing all over the field for the Green Wave in high school, Lanier says at the moment he is trying to get bigger and stronger while working on technique.

"I'm just going to class and working out," Lanier tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's about it. I'm trying to improve on a lot of things on the field. The biggest is probably my backpedal."

A standout at both safety and wide receiver for Gordo, Lanier made the transition to full-time defensive back in junior college last season and says for him it was a good move as he progressed as a player with the increased competition.

"It was real good for me," Lanier notes. "It gave me a lot more experience than I had in high school. I got to go against guys that were the same size as me or bigger than me rather than going against little guys in high school. It gave me a lot of experience."

Even though he's redshirting this season, Lanier is still a very busy player. In addition to going to class and working out, he's also able to practice and hone his skills on the field. He said that has allowed him to work at two different positions because he's still unsure of his role once he gets to Auburn.

"I'm working at both the corner and safety because I don't know if Auburn is going to play me at corner or safety," he says. "Wherever I'm needed I'll play. They're saying athlete for me so I really don't know where they'll play me. It's fine with me. I play everything so it won't be that hard for me to adjust."

One thing Lanier is sure of is his commitment to Auburn. The first pledge for the 2011 class, Lanier notes that he's really excited about what he's seeing from the Tigers this season on the field.

"Things are going very good, very good," Lanier says. "It's not going to change anything for me. The way they're playing really won't affect my decision. Regardless I'm still going to be there. It's good to know they're winning though."

One of the biggest goals for every junior college player is to graduate early enough to go through spring practice. It is almost a must for any player hoping to earn a starting role their first season on the big stage. Lanier says currently all systems are go for him to be in Auburn in January and he's ready to get it started.

"At first I had some doubts that I was going to get there in the spring," Lanier notes. "I was scared a little because I knew if I didn't get there in the spring there would be a good chance I wouldn't start. I'm glad that I'm able to be done in December.

"It's very exciting for me," Lanier adds. "That's why I'm working very hard to make sure I'm doing everything right. I don't want any distractions once I get there."


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