Defensive Lineman Pledges to the Tigers

The Auburn football Tigers added another commitment for the 2012 signee class. The defensive lineman explains his decision to pick Auburn in this report that includes a junior game highlights.

Prichard, Ala.--After taking a visit to Auburn last week to check out the Tigers and getting a scholarship offer, it didn't take long for Vigor defensive lineman Darius Philon to pull the trigger.

On Monday the 6-2, 265-pound defensive lineman announced that he has made a decision and chose Auburn over Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and several other colleges.

"Yes sir, I committed," Philon told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I actually decided on Friday. They wanted me to come see the campus and I did. They showed me around. It's where I've wanted to go since I was a little boy."

Waiting for an offer from Auburn for quite a while, Philon said he didn't get the offer while taking his unofficial visit last week, but the coaches told him after he left that he was walking away with an offer.

"It felt good," Philon said. "I didn't know at the moment that it was going to be Auburn. I was still deciding. That happened on Friday."

A lifelong friend of former Auburn standout and current NFL player Sen'Derrick Marks who he considers family, Philon had a big junior year for the Wolves with 89 tackles from his defensive line position.

Similar to Marks in that he uses his speed and quickness at the line of scrimmage to make plays, Philon is a powerful player who could grow into a defensive tackle down the line, but also has the athleticism to play on the edge as evidenced by his personal best time of 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"I just want to work hard and try to be the best player I can be," Philon said. "I want to be even better than I am now."

In addition to his recent trip to Auburn, Philon also visited Auburn for a junior day in early in the spring. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

Philon becomes Auburn's seventh commitment for the 2012 class joining Shane Callahan as the most recent to verbal to the Tigers. Michael Flint, Cassanova McKinzy, Zeke Pike, Darrion Hutcherson and Josh Holsey round out the rest of Auburn's commitment list.



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