Bluechip Junior Michael Flint Chooses Auburn

Auburn grabbed a commitment from one of the state's top prospects for the 2012 class on Monday. Oxford coach John Grasse talks about Flint, his decision, and more.

Oxford, Ala.--While the 2011 recruiting class is still shaping up it's never too early to start on the next year and that's exactly what happened on Monday as the Auburn Tigers and coach Gene Chizik got a commitment from one of the South's top junior offensive linemen Michael Flint for the 2012 class.

Already very familiar with Auburn because of his family ties to the school, Flint said the more he saw from the Tigers and Chizik's staff the more comfortable he became about making a decision early. Just over a week ago he decided it was time for him to pull the trigger and he notes he won't look back.

"Auburn was all about family when I went down there," Flint says. "Ever since I went down there I have loved it. I made my decision a couple of weeks ago and I have been trying to get in touch with the Auburn coaches to let them know. I got a chance to go to the game last week and I talked to coach Chizik and told him I was ready to make my commitment. I'm sticking to it 100 percent. Auburn is where I belong."

A two-year starter for the Yellow Jackets, Flint is a mainstay at left tackle and his coach says that the Tigers are getting a quality player and person for 2012.

"Before we talk about the player, Auburn is just getting a great person in Michael," Oxford coach John Grasse tells Inside The Auburn Tigers.

"On and off the field he's a good Christian kid. He'll add well to the Auburn Family. He felt at home there when he visited a couple of times. He just feels like it's family and that's what he wants to be a part of. They're getting a great person number one.

Michael Flint is expected to be one of the top in-state prospects for the 2012 signee class.

"You're getting a kid you won't have to worry about academically," he adds. "You're not going to have to worry about him off the field. He's going to work hard and do everything he's supposed to do. They are getting a solid package as far as a high school offensive lineman to fit in to what they want. I think it's a good deal on both ends. I think he's going to a great place and I think they're getting a great player."

A 6-4, 303-pounder, Flint has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Kentucky, UCLA and several more schools before his decision to join the Auburn Tigers.

With his brother currently a student at Auburn, Flint has made several trips to see both games at Jordan-Hare Stadium and the campus in general. Flint is teammates with 2012 standouts Kwon Alexander and Trae Elston, both of whom were in Auburn on Saturday for the Arkansas game.

Just a junior with a lot of football ahead of him, Flint decided to go ahead and make his decision early because of his comfort level with Auburn and his familiarity with the university. Grasse said in a case like Michael's there is no downside to him making such an early decision.

Flint is shown blocking in his team's upset victory over Auburn High this season.

"He came in and talked with me about a week ago," Grasse said. "He just wanted to know what I thought about committing early. I tell them I won't ever push them one way or another, I just want them to go where they feel like they are at home if the school is for you and you like the football program and the coaches.

"There is nobody but the player that is going to spend the next four or five years of their life at that university. All these outside influences they don't need to listen to. They need to go where they feel like is right for them. I think Michael has found that. He's very comfortable about going ahead and committing. I told him if you're comfortable with that then you need to go ahead and commit if that's what you feel strongly about."

(We will have more on Flint's commitment throughout the day.)

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