Auburn's 3-1 Start Impressing Future Tiger

Auburn commitment Raashed Kennion is pumped up about the 3-1 start for the Tigers and the direction of the program.

Jacksonville, Fla.--When Raashed Kennion switched his commitment from Cincinnati to Auburn in July he did so because of his relationship with coach Gus Malzahn, defensive line coach Rodney Garner, and his belief that the program was on the verge of turning the corner.

One month into the 2013 season the 6-6, 230 Kennion says that he has seen nothing but positive signs from the Tigers. From the rotation along the defensive line to the energy with which Ellis Johnson's defense plays, everything is looking up for Auburn and the big defensive end says he can't wait to be part of it.

"I like the intensity and the direction of the program," Kennion tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everybody seems very pumped up. I know the fans are pumped up and I have spoken to some of the players myself. They are very pumped up. I'm just excited to get up there next year and get to work."

Making a pair of visits to Auburn over the summer, one of the goals for Kennion was to get back early in the season for a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Turning that into a reality in week two as the Tigers manhandled Arkansas State, Kennion says it was everything he hoped it would be and much, much more.

"It was amazing," Kennion says. "I really loved the atmosphere. The fans and the intensity of the coaches and players really stood out to me. Everybody was just so into it. I could really feel the energy in the stadium as I was walking in. I could definitely play in that the next four or five years."

While on his visit Kennion was able to spend time with commitments such as Tre Williams, DeShaun Davis, Nick Ruffin and many others. Already building a bond with the group, he notes that they have something special going and he can't wait to put it all together at Auburn.

"It was great," Kennion says. "Everybody has their own different personality and I was just blown away. They are all real cool and we're getting real close. I'm definitely looking forward to playing with them."

Kennion works at one of Auburn's camps

One of the strengths on defense for a loaded First Coast team, Kennion has helped the Raiders to a 2-1 start early in the 2013 season. Already with 25 tackles and a pair of sacks, the rangy defensive end says so far things are moving along nicely for both himself and the team. He notes that one of the reasons why comes from his work with Garner at camp.

"It's going pretty good," Kennion says. "We've made a lot of improvement since last year. We're steadily getting better. My season is going pretty good. I'm actually making a lot more tackles than I did last year.

"I learned a few pass rush moves and different techniques," he adds about the Auburn camp. "I also learned some different drills to help me work on my techniques. It has been very, very helpful."

Concentrating on finishing with a strong senior season, Kennion says that knowing where he's going to school helps because he can just focus on football and academics the rest of the way.

"I'm fully committed to Auburn," Kennion says. "I'm done."


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