Rangy Defensive End Flips The Script

Talented defensive end Raashed Kennion switched his commitment from Cincinnati to Auburn on Wednesday.

Jacksonville, Fla.--A commitment to Cincinnati before taking a trip to an Auburn camp in June, 6-6, 228 defensive end Raashed Kennion changed his mind on Wednesday as he flipped to the Tigers and Coach Gus Malzahn.

"I actually really decided between last night and this morning," Kennion told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was just a feeling at Auburn. Something in my heart told me I needed to be at Auburn. I have always kind of been an Auburn fan. My mom loves Auburn. I love the coaches and people there."

A big fan of Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner following his initial visit to the Plains, Kennion said that he really enjoyed getting to see the campus and facilities and that was a big reason why he decided to make the change.

"Coach Garner is a really funny guy," Kennion noted. "He was more in-depth with things than he was last time. He got me thinking about a lot of things. I don't know to explain it. It was a different feeling than I have ever had before.

"He really impressed me," he added of Garner. "He told me how I would fit into the defense and that I would be very successful there. I know he will get me to where I need to be, especially for me to go to the next level after college."

Raashed Kennion is shown at a summer football camp.

Kennion said he had a good feeling about Auburn on his visit to the university. "The most important thing for me when I sign is how I am going to feel when I am there on the campus. I understand that football is not going to be there all-day, everyday when I am in college.

"I just want to feel comfortable and I want to feel safe. I want to be able to get along with most of the people I am around," he added.

A two-sport standout who also plays basketball as a power forward, Kennion is an honor student that plans to major in pharmacy at Auburn. "They told me it is one of the top schools in the nation and that is exciting," he said.

He becomes the second Auburn commitment on the day joining wide receiver Stanton Truitt. On Tuesday the Tigers got a commitment from Elite 11 MVP quarterback Sean White. They now have 12 commitment for the 2014 class.

"I'm just really excited," Kennion said of what is being built at Auburn. "I have always had dreams of that ever since the 2010 season. I knew it could always get back there and I'm very excited to be a part of that. I was so excited earlier that I was bouncing around the house.

"I'm super excited," he added. "I know what's going to happen. As soon as we get everyone there and the program together with all the new recruits it will be go time. We have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. It's very exciting to be a part of that."

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