4-Star Defensive Lineman Chooses Tigers

The nation's number 15 rated defensive tackle, Tyler Nero, has committed to Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. This report feature comments from Nero and junior season video highlights.

Atmore, Ala.—On Tuesday the Auburn Tigers added another huge piece to the recruiting puzzle for the Class of 2012 when Escambia County defensive tackle Tyler Nero committed to Coach Gene Chizik's program over Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and several other schools.

"I think it was a great decision for me to make," the 6-1 1/2, 285-pound Nero told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I felt at home when I went there.

"I love their staff," Nero said of Auburn. "The coaching staff is outstanding. I like every one of the coaches and that is one of the reasons I picked Auburn. I feel like I am home when I go there. The football players are cool too."

One of the biggest reasons why Nero chose Auburn in the end was his relationship with Coach Mike Pelton. Taking over for Coach Tracy Rocker, who coached Nero's father while at Arkansas, Pelton just had the feel that Nero was looking for in a coach.

"He played a real big role in my decision," Nero said. "The first time I met him was on A-Day and he reminded me of Coach Rocker. I kind of knew Coach Rocker, too, and he was recruiting me before Coach Pelton got there. He just picked up where Rocker left off and reminded me so much of him. I think he's a good coach and a good man."

While the decision didn't become final until Tuesday, it's something that Nero said has been on his mind as he's gotten to know more and more about the Tigers and the Auburn Family.

"I always have felt at home at Auburn," said Nero, who is ranked four stars by Scout.com as the nation's No. 15th rated defensive tackle prospect. "When I began visiting other places I didn't feel at home like I did when I went to Auburn. That was huge for me."

A physical player who spends a lot of time in the opponents' backfield, Nero said that he's excited about the possibilities for early playing time at Auburn.

"Coach Pelton told me that watching my film that I'll have to learn some things, but he said I could definitely have a chance to start early," Nero said. "That's real exciting to hear."

As a junior Nero had a big year for Class 4A Escambia County High School as he made 72 tackles from his defensive line position with 19 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. He also blocked two punts.

Nero becomes Auburn's 13th verbal commitment for the class and the second defensive linemen in the last week joining Gimel President from Wando High in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

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