Buford, Ga.--One of the top players in the country regardless of position, five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown finished off a huge group for Coach Rodney Garner when he chose the Tigers over Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and dozens of other schools on Wednesday. A powerful player with great agility for a 6-4, 322-pounder, Brown should have the ability to play right away for the Tigers.
"First off I just want to say thank you to God for giving me this opportunity," Brown said. "I would also like to thank my parents and my coaches and everybody else that has helped me get through this process. In the fall of 2016 I will continue playing football at Auburn University."
Already with Antwuan Jackson, Marlon Davidson and Paul James already on campus and adding Nick Coe for the 2016 season as well on Wednesday, Brown's addition gives the Tigers one of the top defensive line classes in the country with the No. 9 player overall in this year's class. Throw in returning players such as Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson and others and the Tigers have a strong group heading into next season.
"I think that for the next three or four years it's going to great to watch Auburn football," Brown said. "That's why I made this decision."
A frequent visitor to Auburn throughout the recruiting process, Brown has a strong relationship with Garner dating back to his sophomore season and that played a big part in his decision to choose the Tigers. With opportunity and skill, Brown is a player that should see the field very, very early in his Auburn career for new coordinator Kevin Steele and Garner.
"My relationship that I have with the coaching staff down there is excellent," Brown said. "I feel like, just sitting around talking with my parents, that it was the place for me.
"Coach Steele just got there so it wasn't easy for me to make the decision based off him, but I feel like I can learn the system and play under the defensive system he has set up," he added. "Coach Garner was one of the biggest reasons and Coach Malzahn was one of the biggest reasons I committed to Auburn University."