5-Star Liner Excited About AU, Senior Year

Dee Liner talks about choosing Auburn, his added size and strength, getting ready for his senior season, and much more.

Muscle Shoals, Ala.—A commitment to Auburn before his junior season started, five-star defensive lineman Dee Liner has faced a constant barrage of recruiting talk since that time from schools and fans all across the country. Understanding that is common for a recruit of Liner's stature, he said he knows that colleges will continue to come and try to sway him right up to signing day in February, but said his mind is set on becoming a Tiger.

"What I like about Auburn is the coaches," Liner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They are definitely "All In." It's just like a family thing down there. I have been an Auburn fan my whole life and that's why I made my decision to play at Auburn."

One of the things that has continued to make Liner's commitment even stronger to Auburn is the ability he's had to get to the campus and build friendships with not only current commitments, but also future teammates. He said getting to know those guys is something that he cherishes because they give him a feel of what to expect when he gets to the Plains next year.

"The guys I talk to, number one is Gabe Wright," Liner said. "He's just like a brother to me. Also Tre Mason and Greg Robinson. I talk to them a lot. It just feels good to get to know them. Some people don't get the opportunity to do that. Hard work pays off."

Dee Liner

Weighing around 270 pounds last season, Liner was a dominating player on both sides of the ball for Muscle Shoals and Coach Scott Basden. Working on getting bigger and stronger heading into his senior year, Liner said he feels like a different player this fall.

"I feel like I have progressed a lot," he said. "I have been eating right and staying in shape. I have gained some weight, but the good thing about that is that I can still carry it. I'm weighing around 294 at the moment and it feels real good."

While he won't be playing much offense this season after doing well at running back the last two years in spot duty, Liner said he has picked up an additional assignment this season and he is looking forward to it.

"I'm strictly defense this year and I'm the starting kicker as well," Liner said. "It has been natural for me. I was kicking a lot last year because our regular kicker played baseball and he would get real tired so they got me to kick."

Nobody has witnessed Liner's progression on the field more than Basden. A veteran coach in the Alabama High School ranks, he said that Liner's ability is something that doesn't come along very often and he's looking for big things out of his star pupil.

"I have been blessed to have some kids that played in the SEC and Dee has a talent that I've never seen as a coach," Basden said. "We've got a kid that runs a legitimate 4.4 running the jet (sweep) and Dee is at the opposite tackle and steals the handoff in the A gap. I don't know anybody that can do that.

"If he'll do what he's supposed to do and make great decisions and get his work in the classroom done, Dee has the potential to change his whole future. That's really what I talk to him about is about his character and decision-making. All those accolades can leave you just as quick as they came.

"It's tough when you're in Auburn one week and Orlando the next and California the next and everybody is telling you how good you are, then you get back to reality. That's tough for any kid, especially tough for a kid that hasn't had a whole lot growing up. He's done a tremendous job of handling it. I'm not sure I could have done a better job handling it than he has."

Planning to sign with Auburn in February, Liner said his goal this season is to make every Auburn game to see his future teammates in action.

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