Tigers Lead For Juco Defensive Lineman

Talented junior college defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence discusses his trip to Auburn on Wednesday and why the Tigers are his leader.

An athletic defensive lineman planning to graduate from Georgia Military College next March with three years left to play on the next level, Devaroe Lawrence made a visit to Auburn on Wednesday to see if the Plains could be a future home for him. Spending time with Coach Rodney Garner and checking out the facilities and staff, Lawrence says everything about his trip went great.

"I liked it," Lawrence says. "I went through the whole nine yards like the academics and how things run. I like the facilities. I actually saw a hill that you have to run if you don't go to class on time, so I would be going to class all the time. I do like Auburn. I think I'm going to end up taking all my visits, but I think Auburn is where it's at. I like Auburn a lot, a whole lot.

"Right now I love Auburn," Lawrence adds. "I feel like that's where I might want to be."

A 6-3, 278 defensive lineman that sat out last year at Georgia Military after transferring in too late to play, Lawrence will have three years left to play on the next level following his redshirt freshman season this fall. That's a big deal for many teams including the Auburn Tigers.

Getting to spend a lot of quality time with Garner and learn more about the Tigers and the defensive system, Lawrence notes he's got a lot of love for the former Tigers' player after sitting down and talking with him.

"I love Coach Garner," Lawrence says. "That's my man. I could see him being a father figure in my life. I talked to some of the players and they say he doesn't pull any strings and wants you to do everything right. I like that. I like that he has that kind of structure with his players. That coach-player relationship, on Saturday that's going to make you go all-out for him."

Still waiting on an offer from the Tigers, Lawrence says he thinks that's becoming closer to being a reality and when it does it could push the Tigers over the top.

"I think it's going to happen," Lawrence says. "The coaches like me. I talked with Coach Malzahn and he likes me. Coach Garner likes me. I met some of the football players and they like me. They looked at my size and told me it looks like I'm already there. I just liked it.

"I feel like I'm on the brink and it feels good," he adds about the offer. "It feels real good. I have never had this feeling. It feels real good. I feel God moving in my life a lot."

Originally from Greenville, S.C., Lawrence says he got a look from both Clemson and South Carolina coming out of high school, but following his graduation he went to Greenville Tech. Learning about a tryout at Georgia Military last summer, he made the move but was ineligible to play last season.

That may wind up being a blessing in disguise as he plans to graduate in either December or March of 2014 and still have three seasons of eligibility remaining. That has schools from all over checking him out at the moment. Still with plenty of time left before he has to make a decision, Lawrence says he can already feel a SEC flavor shaping up in his recruiting.

"Auburn is first," Lawrence says. "They are first with Florida, Mississippi State, Arizona, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee and a few more schools. My top three is Florida, Mississippi State and Auburn."

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