"The Sky Is The Limit" For Sigler

Devaunte Sigler's high school coach comments on what the defensive end will bring to the table as an Auburn Tiger.

Mobile, Ala.—At 6-3, 250 pounds and the athleticism to play in space as a linebacker in high school, former B.C. Rain head coach Eric Scott says that Auburn's latest defensive commitment Devaunte Sigler has unlimited upside as a defensive end in college.

"He had an ability to play with his feet and his eyes at linebacker," Scott says. "Putting his hand on the ground now he can really focus on a tackle and reading shoulders and being a better defensive end. In high school being able to play outside linebacker will give him the ability in college to specialize at defensive end and understand how to control the line of scrimmage."

Scott coached Sigler all four years in high school and says that he could tell early on that Sigler would be an SEC-caliber performer.

"If you want the truth, it was his ninth grade year," the coach explains. "When he came in as a ninth grader he was not nearly as big, but he had the quick first step. I could tell from his first step and the way he could explode out of his stance that he had something that a lot of people don't have.

"When you talk about his development as a player, I knew that around the end of his sophomore year," he continues. "But when you're talking about ability-wise I knew during his freshman year. Play-wise I knew his sophomore year."

From a technique standpoint, Scott says that Sigler is just starting to scratch the surface.

"He doesn't do anything the best, and that's the scary part," Scott explains. "Technique-wise he's got a ways to go. As he's coached every day, the sky is the limit. He really doesn't use his hands real well right now. His footwork is good—I can say that. It's going to be using his hands, playing with his eyes and learning again how to play from a three-point stance every play.

"I'm just excited to see his development in college, especially working with Coach (Tracy) Rocker. I think Coach Rocker has a jewel, a diamond in the rough. I think when he gets through working with him I think you're going to see a truly dominant player.

"He doesn't like to lose at all," Scott adds of Sigler. "You're going to see a person who likes to win every play. He's going to play every play. I know from Coach Rocker that he's going to play every play. He's just a competitor."

Sigler became Auburn's 20th commitment for the class of 2011 during lunchtime on Wednesday. Shortly thereafter, running back Tre Mason became the 21st verbal commitment of the class.

Sigler's primary recruiter was running backs coach Curtis Luper. Scott notes that the entire staff did a solid job of recruiting Sigler and making him feel welcome on the Auburn campus.

"They just treated him like a person and like a friend—talking to him, giving him advice on how to live his life and what they're going to do as a staff to be there for him. He needs that, and I think that's a big selling point for him."

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