Four-Star Ware Looking At Auburn

Four-star defender Denzel Ware discusses the Auburn Tigers and what has them on his radar.

Opp, Ala.—Rated the number seven outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com but a standout defensive end on the high school level, talented Denzel Ware was on the Auburn campus Wednesday to see the final spring practice for the Tigers and get his first look at the campus and facilities.

A 6-3, 220-pounder capable of playing either position on the next level, Ware spent time talking with coaches and seeing Auburn on the practice field. A former commitment to both Florida State and Kentucky already, Ware says that after getting a feel for the Auburn program it's a place he could see himself down the road.

"It was my first time on campus," Ware tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I made the trip with a couple of my teammates and my coach who was once at Auburn. I got to talk to Coach Gus Malzahn and the defensive line coach (Rodney Garner). That went good. They had a lot of great stuff to say. I'm planning to go back in the summer to a couple of camps and I may be looking to call the place home."

Originally from Opp, Ware moved to Crestview (Fla.) High when he began high school and quickly started to build a name for himself and also a relationship with coaches at Florida State. Becoming a dominating defensive end, Ware set his school's sack record as a junior and has an incredible 48 sacks the last two seasons.

That season came while he was committed to Florida State. Already very familiar with the Seminoles, Ware committed to the program just after the season opening win over Murray State last fall. He remained a commitment until just before signing day when Mark Stoops left for Kentucky. Backing off his verbal decision, Ware decided less than two weeks later to commit to the Wildcats.

That commitment lasted just less than two months before he again backed off his decision saying he rushed into his choice. Back on the market the Opp High junior began looking at other schools and that's when Auburn got into the picture. Getting to know the new staff, he made his visit on Wednesday and says it may be the first of many before he makes another decision.

"I really checked out the defensive line for the most part," Ware says of his visit. "What really impressed me was they worked on hand-eye coordination. They work on footwork and that's one of the best things you can have. They are after the quarterback and that's what I like.

"Auburn is real open," Ware says. "They're going to be honest with you. Some coaches will tell you what you want to hear, but these coaches aren't like that. They're going to tell you how they feel about you. If they're going to offer you then it's legit. It's not something to get you to come there and then they back off."

Still waiting to get that word from Auburn, Ware notes that he's definitely looking at the Tigers along with several other SEC schools including Florida and Georgia. With no rush and time to get to know coaches and schools better, Ware says the next time he makes a decision that will be it for him.

"It's pretty much wide open," Ware says. "My next commitment is going to be my last one. I'm really trying to take things slow and see what all is out there."


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