Emotional Ties Lead Four-Star DE To Auburn

Four-star defensive end Elijah Daniel visited Auburn last weekend and made a decision on Tuesday to sign with the Tigers.

Avon, Ind.—Following a visit to Auburn last weekend it didn't take four-star defensive end Elijah Daniel long to change his mind on his college future as he flipped from the Ole Miss Rebels to the Tigers. A talented prospect that played in the Under Armour All-American Game, Daniel adds to a solid haul of defensive linemen for the Tigers in the 2013 class.

"I really liked Ole Miss, but when I took my visit to Auburn I had a real emotional feeling about the place and about Coach G (Rodney Garner) and the coaching staff down there and that they were going to help me get to the next level past college."

One of the biggest things that helped the Tigers get a commitment from Daniel was his relationship with Rodney Garner. While at Georgia Garner recruited Daniel's older brother Montez Robinson to the Bulldogs and because of that the two have a long relationship. In addition Daniel has family in Alabama and has spent a lot of time hearing about Auburn.

"That was another thing for me and why I felt like it was the right place for me to be," Daniel says. "All of those things went into my decision to choose Auburn."

While on his visit to Auburn he also had the opportunity to connect with the new coaching staff and spend time learning about the Tigers and the plans for the defense. After that time he says he knew it was the right place for him.

"They were real down to earth people and I enjoyed meeting them," Daniel says of the whole staff. "I enjoyed Coach Garner the most because I know him the most out of any coach that has been recruiting me in this process my high school career."

At 6-3 and over 250 pounds and athletic enough that he played some outside linebacker in high school for Avon, Daniel is expected to be a strong side end in college because of his size and physical play. That's good news for the Tigers with rushers like Carl Lawson on board as well. He says he's looking forward to big things up front for Auburn down the road.

"I'm really excited," he says of playing with Lawson. "That's going to be really cool having him on one side and me on the other. That's going to be really exciting. Hopefully we can bring in some more recruits at defensive tackle, defensive end, and linebacker that can get the front seven right."

A player that was the focus of opponents' blocking schemes for much of his high school career, Daniel still managed 85 total tackles and five sacks as a senior despite playing linebacker much of the time.

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