Tigers Pick Up Offensive Line Commitment

Auburn picked up its first offensive line commitment for the Class of 2004 in a big, athletic lineman from the Peach State.

Forsyth, Ga.—The Auburn Tigers picked up a football commitment in a position of need Wednesday when big Antwoin Daniels from Mary Persons High informed the coaching staff that he wanted to be a Tiger.

A 6-5 1/2, 265-pounder with good feet and athleticism, Daniels becomes the first of what could be five offensive line verbals for the Tigers in the Class of 2004.

"I made my decision tonight," Daniels tells Inside The Auburn Tigers on Wednesday. "My daddy called them today because I had practice. I just wanted to go ahead with it and quit worrying about colleges. I just wanted to worry about my senior season.

"I like the coaches," Daniels adds on why he chose the Tigers. "The coaches are basically what got me down there."

Antwoin Daniels

Going into just his fourth year of organized football, Daniels is the anchor for Mary Persons at tackle and projects at that position on the college level. He's also playing defensive tackle this season for Mary Persons, which had to rebuild the defensive front after last season's 8-4 record. With good size and the frame to add more weight and strength, he should be a solid pickup for Coach Hugh Nall.

Daniels chose the Tigers over Georgia Tech, Louisville, Georgia, Middle Tennessee State, Clemson, LSU and others, he said.

A skilled big man, Daniels also plays basketball and throws the discus for the track team. Last season he averaged 12 points per game on the hardwood and had a personal-best throw of 145 feet.

Following a visit to Auburn this summer for both the Nike Camp and a later senior camp, Daniels made a visit to the Plains to see a scrimmage check out the campus. Saying he enjoyed the trip, he also mentioned he's looking forward to coming back this weekend to watch the Tigers battle the USC Trojans in the top college football game of the weekend.

Daniels joins Minor defensive back Darius McClure, Tucker wide receiver James Swinton and Mays quarterback Calvin Booker as Auburn's latest commitments. They combine with earlier commitments Greg Wilkerson, Marcus Carter, Blake Shrader, Courtney Harden and Brad Lester to give the Tigers growing 2004 recruiting class already.

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