The President Is In The House

Defensive end Gimel President has committed to the Auburn Tigers. His father Zola President talks about his son's decision.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.—After taking a visit to Auburn over the weekend it didn't take long for three-star defensive lineman Gimel President to make up his mind as on Thursday he committed to the Tigers and Coach Gene Chizik over North Carolina, South Carolina, and a host of other schools.

One of the things that stood out for President on his visit to Auburn was the family atmosphere. Visiting along with his parents, he said that goes not only for the campus, but also the coaching staff. In particular he said his time spent with future position Coach Mike Pelton was one of the things he liked most about the Tigers.

His father Zola President said family at schools not only played a big part in his son's decision, but also how his family felt about the schools was key as well. He said when everything was rolled into one Auburn had what his son and the family was looking for.

"It was very important," President tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We had visited 10 schools and he has 14 offers, so we visited most of them. It was real important for us to be there with him so we could see what he's seeing. That was very important.

"At first I knew he loved Auburn because of the family atmosphere," he added. "The closeness of the coaches and the players was big. He got a chance to hang out with Jeff Whitaker and he was real impressed with that. Also the college campus itself and the way it's set up. That's one of the things as a family we were looking for. We wanted him at a place where he could get around on the transit and not having to go outside of campus to classes and whatever. That was a big part of things."

It's not just a decision made by the prospect, but many times it's a family decision as well. His father said they just wanted to be sure Auburn was a place they felt comfortable with, and that's the case.

"We're very comfortable," President said. "Most of all we liked that the coaches are concerned. We sat down and talked with most of them. The questions we asked they answered. We met some of their families and kids. It really looks like they are concerned about what is going on with the kids. We talked to the academic guys and they were very helpful in talking to us about what a student's life at Auburn is all about. That's was one of our biggest concerns."

The 6-3, 250-pounder reports a 2.8 GPA and plans to major in sports medicine in college. His father said Auburn's academic programs were important for them to see when they made the trip down.

"We basically talked to him about a timetable because we have been making trips the last two years," President said. "It was about time for him to really concentrate on where he wants to go so he can concentrate on his academics. With us academics comes first. He could have gone to any school he wanted, but we talked about academics first."

President said he hopes to get back for both the Florida game and the Alabama game this fall at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

As a junior President made 83 tackles, with 37 being solo tackles. He added nine sacks, three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one interception from his defensive end position.

President becomes Auburn's 13th commitment for the 2012 class and the second defensive lineman joining Darius Philon. Auburn's full list of verbal commitments can be found here: Auburn Commitment List


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