Defensive End Showing Interest In the Tigers

Class of 2014 football prospect Tyler Merriweather talks about his recent visit to Auburn.

Demopolis, Ala.--Tyler Merriweather, a two-way performer at Demopolis High School, liked his first visit to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's Auburn football program and the same was true of his return trip.

The class of 2014 defensive end prospect toured Auburn's facilities, talked with a variety of coaches and got to spend quality time with Rodney Garner, who is in charge of the defensive ends.

Merriweather got to watch a full pads practice and was intrigued by what he saw.

"I really like the high-tempo pace they go at," he said. "I think by the time they get to a game it will seem like a cake walk to the players."

Merriweather noted he liked the time spent on campus learning about the academic portion of the life of a college football player. "I really like the way they stress life skills," he pointed out.

The prospect said the hospitality for his junior day visit was excellent and he certainly liked the food. "We had barbecue pork chops, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, salad and brownies," Merriweather noted.

He finished last season with 52 tackles, four sacks, four fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. The 6-3, 228-pounder is one of two players from his team the Tigers are recruiting along with safety Demetrius Kemp.

Both got to meet with head coach Gus Malzahn on their junior day visits. Merriweather said that from his trips to Auburn he likes everything about the program. "It is a place I think I could really enjoy attending," he said. "I really like Auburn."

Merriweather doesn't have an offer from the Tigers, but recently picked up one from Northern Illinois. He is also being recruited by Southern Miss, South Alabama and other colleges.

"Coach Garner said that they are interested in signing some defensive ends," the prospect said. "Hopefully, I will get an offer from Auburn."


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