Carlson chose the Tigers on Saturday night and wanted to wait until Sunday to make things official. He had been leaning toward Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers since performing well at an Auburn kicking camp in June and was ready to pull the trigger.
"We kind of decided, both me and Coach (Gene) Chizik, that we would make it public today," Carlson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I did commit yesterday with Coach Chizik and it was really, really exciting.
"After I thought about it and prayed about it and thought about how blessed I was, I just felt like I needed to take the opportunity," he added. "There are just so many great things that Auburn would provide for me. After I made up my mind I gave it a few more days to reconsider things and I'm completely sure Auburn is where God led me and where He wants me to go."
Carlson is rated as the No. 4 field goal kicker in the country by Scout.com. He is the second kicking specialist on board for the 2013 signee class, joining Jimmy Hutchinson who is ranked as Scout's No. 1 punting prospect.
Auburn's kicker, Cody Parkey, will be a junior this coming season. He is considered one of the top players at his position in college football.
Commenting on Auburn, Carlson said, "I like their special teams program. It's already really one of the best, probably one of the best in the SEC. Coach (Jay) Boulware knows what he's talking about. Breaking down film and stuff...they put a lot of emphasis on that.
"Cody, their kicker right now, he's a great kicker so if I could get a year maybe under a guy like that, that'd be good. Academically, I visited their honors program, thinking about doing something like that and I liked that. They have a nice campus. There are plenty of things that I like about it."
One of the top kicking coaches football, Chris Sailer, is very high on Carlson. "Daniel is an extremely talented kicker. Has the biggest leg in the nation. Hits a great ball off the ground and his kickoffs are D1 ready right now. A great athlete that has a big college future."
Carlson said in addition to the football program, academics influenced his college choice. "Academically they showed me a lot, too," he noted. "I got to see that side of things and became more confident in their academic side of things, too. Then it's also really close to my grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles live (Birmingham area). That's also nice."