Auburn Is Family For New D-Line Commitment

Auburn added a commitment on the defensive line from junior college standout Devaroe Lawrence from Georgia Military College.

Milledgeville, Ga.--A talented defensive lineman making his second visit to Auburn, this time for an official trip, 6-3, 280 Devaroe Lawrence didn't waste any time making a decision as he committed to Coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers before leaving campus.

With offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Arizona, he said it was an easy decision for him on Sunday.

"I"m a Tiger," Lawrence said. "For sure I'm a Tiger. It feels good. I feel the love. It's a family. It's my family."

Getting an offer from Auburn recently, he said that once he got a chance to experience what Auburn was all about from the campus to the facilities to the people, there was no chance he was leaving town without letting them know he was coming to the Plains.

"The offer had been there and I took it," the defensive lineman said. "I love it there. That's my family. Those are my brothers and my fathers. I told them this morning. Everybody was excited and I'm excited. They're happy and I'm happy."

Spending a lot of time on his visit with future position coach Rodney Garner, Lawrence said that after getting to know him over the last few months and learning more about how the Tigers will play defense he's excited about the future.

"I love Coach Garner," Lawrence said. "That's going to be my coach. That was big. Him talking to me all the time was big. He's going to be my father figure there. I love it there. It's a family."

A late enrollee to Georgia Military last fall and forced to redshirt in 2012, Lawrence will play this season and still have three years left to play on the next level. With Auburn losing five senior defensive linemen this year and having several more upperclassmen, he said the opportunity to play early is an exciting one for him.

"I'm ready to work now," Lawrence said. "I'm ready to grind. I'm going to finish up strong in junior college and I'm going to come in and play hard and work hard. We're going to win.

"They told me they're looking for me to come in and play," he added. "That's big for me. It's just an opportunity. I'm ready to play. I'm ready to do it."

Going from a walk-on at Georgia Military following a short stint at a technical school to a commitment to one of the powerhouse programs in the Southeastern Conference, Lawrence said it's hard to believe how much things have changed for him in the last year.

"I never saw myself being in this position," Lawrence said. "I told Coach Gus Malzahn the same thing. I watched them win a national championship in 2010 and never did I think I would be sitting in his backyard eating beside him. Never in a million years would I have guessed that. It's just an honor to be in these guys' presence."

Now that he's committed Lawrence said that he's done with recruiting and he's just ready to get the next part of his life started at Auburn.

"Everything happens for a reason," Lawrence said of his past struggles. "It's real big for me now to finish. It's about finishing. The on-the-field stuff is going to come. I just have to finish in the classroom.

"This is it for me," he added. "It's a family. If you love Auburn it will love you 10 times more. It's a family, the love, the atmosphere, a brotherhood."

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