Carlson, a 6-4, 190-pound class of 2017 prospect, chose the Tigers over Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. He made 12-18 field goals last season and is ranked as the No. 2 kicker prospect in his class by the Jamie Kohl Kicking Academy. He had 52 touchbacks on 58 kickoffs last season.
His brother, Daniel, will be a redshirt junior for the Tigers this season. "It is special to go to the same college team as your brother," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers as he announced on Saturday evening he is headed to Auburn.
“I think it will be cool for my brother to mentor me on and off the field,” he said. “Even if my brother wasn’t there, I feel like Auburn is the best fit.
"On the football side of it, I get to play SEC football on a really, really good team that gets to go to big bowl games and has a chance to play for titles," he said. "Academically, there is a lot I like about Auburn. For me it is the perfect fit. I am excited about my decision to be there."
Another factor for the kicker is his relationship with Scott Fountain, Auburn's special teams coordinator. "I have known Coach Fountain for over a year now," Carlson said. "I was down at their camp last summer so throughout the past year we have been talking. I feel very comfortable with Coach Fountain as well as Coach (Gus) Malzahn. I think they are good coaches and good men, and my dad feels the same way. I feel good about that."
Carlson said he is looking forward to being on a team for one season at Auburn with his brother. "We are four years apart so we have never been on the same team together," the kicker pointed out. "We will push each other harder and I know he is excited for me to be there."
The younger brother noted he and Daniel are alike. "We look the same and act the same," he said.
Daniel Carlson is coming off one of the best kicking seasons in Auburn history and was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to college football's top kicker.