Academics, Family Important to Nero

Defensive lineman Tyler Nero talks about his official visit to Auburn.

Atmore, Ala.--One of the important aspects of Tyler Nero's official visit to Auburn over the weekend is what he will be doing in the classroom in college.

The long-time Auburn commitment from Escambia County High School said that he liked what he saw on his visit.

"I went to the business center and that is what I?will probably major in," he said. "I am not sure yet what it is going to be. I met with a business professor and that was good.

"I am going to be graduating from high school with an honors degree and that is exciting to me," he said. "It is a blessing. Just a handful are graduating with them."

The son of a former University of Arkansas player, Nero said he plans to visit that college on January 26th, but said he is not waivering on his Auburn commitment. "It is firm," he said. "I am not going anywhere (else). I?have been coming to Auburn since I was in ninth grade.

"The big thing about family, all in," he said on why he likes the Auburn program. "I enjoy doing that. Just the coaches and all of that. They are fun to be around."

Nero made the trip with his mother, brother and two young sisters. "They are real excited that I am coming to Auburn," the defensive linemen said. "My little sisters didn't want to go home. I think they had a great time. When I told them Auburn was going to be my new home they were really excited."

Nero said that he measured in at six-foot-three, 290 pounds on his official visit. "I am probably just six-foot-two," he said. "I measured taller because of the boots I was wearing."

The prospect said he is excited about making the transition to college, but said he plans to enjoy his final months in high school. "I am glad about heading to Auburn, but it is going to be hard to let it go being at home, but it is about that time in life to make a transition."

Freshman defensive end Devaunte Sigler was Nero's player host on his visit to Auburn. "I played against Devaunte when he was at B.C. Rain High School and we won that game. I remember him playing linebacker, but I didn't know him until the weekend. He is a cool guy. I got to meet with some of the other guys on the team and they were fun."

Nero is shown in action at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December.

Nero said the whole weekend was fun, mentioning the basketball game on Saturday and the food as things that stood out. "They feed me great--maybe too great," he said with a laugh. "I probably gained some weight over the weekend."

Nero spent time with Auburn defensive line coach Mike Pelton and Brian VanGorder, the new defensive coordinator.

"He is a great guy," the lineman said. "I like the way the way he says he is going to do some things."

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