Five-Star Westerman Switches From Texas to AU

Auburn landed one of the nation's top overall prospects on Friday as five-star offensive lineman Christian Westerman committed to the Tigers.

Chandler, Ariz.--One of the nation's top overall prospects and five-star offensive lineman Christian Westerman made a switch on Thursday as he committed to the Auburn Tigers and Coach Gene Chizik after being on the Texas bandwagon since early April of 2010.

Rated the nation's number one guard prospect by Scout.com, Westerman is rated the number 17 player overall in the country regardless of position and could play any of the five offensive line positions on the next level.

The lineman is Auburn's 19th public verbal commitment for the 2011 signee class.

At 6-5, 295 Westerman displays a unique blend of size and quickness that makes him a highly-regarded prospect. He displayed those characteristics at the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., as he played alongside Auburn commitments and early enrollees Reese Dismukes and Thomas O'Reilly. All three played and became friends along with quarterback commitment Kiehl Frazier from Arkansas.

Westerman is shown in game action for Hamilton High.

A starter since his sophomore season at powerhouse Hamilton High, Westerman becomes Auburn's fourth offensive line commitment joining Dismukes, O'Reilly and big Greg Robinson from Thibodaux, La.

Westerman is Auburn's 19th overall commitment and chose the Tigers over Texas, USC and just about every college in the nation after having dozens of offers from all over the country. A visitor for Auburn's on-campus bowl practices in December, he said that the trip really opened his eyes to what the Tigers and the program were all about.

"It went good," Westerman said. "Definitely went good. I had a good time. I toured the school, watched them practice and got to talk to the players. I had a good time...I definitely love the school. I had a great trip."

Westerman also checked out the Tigers when they practiced near his home at Scottsdale Community College preparing for their national championship game vs. Oregon.

Something that definitely didn't hurt Auburn's chances was an in-home visit by Chizik and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes just two days before the Tigers defeated Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game. Also working in Auburn's favor was the fact that Grimes turned down an offer at Texas to remain with Chizik and the Tigers as the offensive line coach.

We will have more on this news story later today.

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