Five-Star Dee Liner Says He's Solid To Tigers

Auburn commitment and five-star prospect Dee Liner talks about his visit on Wednesday and discusses DC Brian VanGorder.

Muscle Shoals, Ala.—A five-star prospect and an Auburn commitment, Dee Liner visited the Plains on Wednesday to check out the Tigers' spring practice as well as using the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with Gene Chizik and his coaching staff.

After his most recent visit to Auburn, Liner said it was a good time to be around his future family once again.

"It went real good," Liner said. "When I stepped on campus all of them showed me love and were smiling. I showed them a big smile back. It was good."

One of the biggest reasons for Liner's visit was so he could have the chance to see new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder in action. With an NFL pedigree and known for producing outstanding defenses, VanGorder and defensive line coach Mike Pelton both made an impact on Liner when watching them in practice.

"To watch Coach VanGorder was a real blessing," Liner said. "He came the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL back to coach college. I just see the real him when he's on the field and when he's in his office. Him and Coach Pelton are totally different when they are out on that field. They are getting after it coaching the players up."

Although he's rated the nation's number two defensive tackle by Scout.com, Liner said Auburn's plans for him are much different. Looking for more size and physical play on defense he said VanGorder said he wants him on the edge.

"He said he wants to use me as a defensive end where Corey Lemonier is, number 55," Liner said. "That's what I want to do. I want to come off the end."

At 6-4, 270 pounds, Liner is a physical presence on both sides of the ball in high school. As a junior he made 83 tackles with 17 sacks, forced five fumbles, and added two fumble recoveries on defense while also playing some spot duty on offense. It's that kind of ability that makes him a candidate for early playing time on the next level at Auburn, something he hopes to can do after watching how the team practices.

"It's pretty exciting to think about," Liner said. "When I watched them at practice they were really getting after it the whole time."

Dee Liner at a recent combine

Wednesday was yet another chance for Liner to continue to build his bond with the Auburn coaches and his future teammates. While the recruiting process is important with facilities, academics, housing, etc. all playing a big part, Liner said getting to know your coaches and teammates is just as big a part of things for him.

"It's real big," Liner said. "It's so important. I know I have to build my relationship with Coach Pelton good if I'm going to be with him from the first day I'm down there."

With colleges from all over the country still pursuing him after he dominated at both the Under Armour and U.S. Army combines, Liner said for him he's only interested in one school and that's the one he is committed to.

"I'm probably going to try to make it to the A-Day Game," Liner said about his future visits to Auburn. "I'm pretty much done with other visits. I'm solid to Auburn."


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