Big Cat Visitor High On Auburn DL Coach

Defensive tackle prospect Maurice Swain discusses his visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and his interest in the Tigers.

Perkinston, Miss.--Auburn is looking for defensive tackles in its 2015 football signee class and a prospect who says he is seriously interested in signing on with the Tigers is Maurice Swain.

A 6-5, 302-pounder, who will be a sophomore this fall at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, he attended Auburn's Big Cat Weekend where he spent time with AU's defensive line coach, Rodney Garner.

"I know Coach Garner from when he recruited me at Georgia," Swain said. "He was telling me about the pipeline of players coming to Auburn from Gulf Coast."

Swain, who was a two-time All-State player at Troup County High in LaGrange, Ga., said he really likes Auburn and he could see himself playing for the Tigers along with two of his 2013 teammates who are already at Auburn plus two others who are committed to Coach Gus Malzahn's program.

"I probably would commit, too, if Auburn offered," he said. "I want to play for Coach Garner."

Swain said that Garner told him that the Tigers will be watching him in action this season and if they like what they see they could give him a scholarship offer and try to bring him to the AU campus in January as an early juco graduate.

"I know that what I do on the field this year will determine if I get an offer," said Swain, who noted that he is also being seriously recruited by SEC teams Mississippi State and Kentucky.

Last December the Tigers signed Derrick Moncrief, a safety who Swain considers a good friend, and wide receiver D'haquille Williams. Both played for Mississippi Gulf Coast. "Moncrief and D'haquille told me that Auburn is where it is at right now," Swain said.

The Tigers have verbal commitments from Tony Bridges and Jason Smith, two more Mississippi Gulf Coast players who attended the Big Cat Weekend.

"The Big Cat had a great atmosphere," Swain said. "We had a lot of competition, a lot of fun."

A prospect who was rated three stars as a high school senior, Swain signed with the Indiana Hoosiers, but didn't qualify academically and enrolled in junior college where he has been trying to become a better player after making just 13 tackles and one sack last year.

"I am a lighter defensive tackle," he said. "I am more of a pass rusher who has moved from the end to inside. I am working on becoming a better run stopper. I am working on my technique on staying low and I also working on getting stronger."


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