Top 2013 Defensive Lineman Chooses Auburn

Muscle Shoals standout junior Dee Liner committed to Auburn on Saturday.

Muscle Shoals, Ala.--Expected to be one of the top defensive linemen for the 2013 class, junior-to-be Dee Liner decided to get his recruiting out of the way early as on Saturday he committed to the Auburn Tigers after taking a visit to the Plains with several coaches and teammates from Muscle Shoals.

"On the way down there I didn't really tell anybody I was going to commit," Liner said. "They thought I was just going for the camp, but I went into the offices and talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik and I told him I was coming to play for Auburn and that I was going to be an Auburn man.

"There's not too much I can say about it," he added. "I just think it could be my home. It's a good choice I made. I'm real comfortable. I'm solid, no question about it."

A visitor to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend just a few weeks ago, Liner said that first visit to the campus sealed the deal for him as he just felt like it was the place he was supposed to be.

"When I left there for Big Cat Weekend I went home and just thought about how Auburn could be my home," Liner said. "That's who I'm going to play for.

"Big Cat was a big reason I committed," he added. "It was for juniors and I was one of the few sophomores that got invited. That's why I think it was big for me."

Keeping things quiet until he arrived at Auburn, Liner said he told Chizik and defensive line coach Mike Pelton and gave them a bit of a surprise that he was ready to make his choice. Liner said Auburn's coaching staff played a big part into things, particularly Pelton.

"When I first met Coach Pelton he seemed like a great man," Liner said. "The more I went down there I just got closer to him. I'm going to keep getting closer to him and make a good friendship.

"He told me he was going to work me hard," he added. "He also told me I was going to get a good education and graduate."

A 6-4, 258-pounder with a best time of 4.68 in the 40-yard dash, Liner had offers from Kentucky and Auburn before making his decision. He was also hearing from Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and several other schools.

Liner said in addition to Auburn he visited Alabama before making his decision, but he didn't get the same feel as he did on the Plains.

"I liked it, but I didn't like it that much," Liner said. "I didn't like it as much as I do at Auburn."

With still several months before his junior season begins Liner decided to get his decision out of the way to focus on his team and enjoy the high school experience. He said there are nothing but positives in his mind to choosing so early.

"It really motivates me a lot because I'm going to keep working hard and keep getting better," Liner said. "I just felt like that could be my home and I liked it down there the first time I went."

As a sophomore Liner showed what he was capable of with 81 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, and seven sacks for Muscle Shoals.

He becomes Auburn's first commitment for the 2013 class.

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