Augusta, Ga.--Originally part of Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend last spring and visiting the Tigers officially last weekend, big defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell got the news he was waiting for on Wednesday when Coach Gus Malzahn offered him a scholarship. Signing with Auburn at a ceremony at Laney High, Truesdell became the second lineman for Coach Rodney Garner in the 2017 class.
At 6-2, 330, Truesdell is a physical presence on the interior of the line of scrimmage that also visited Louisville and also had strong interest from Florida. In the end he said there was one thing that stood out about Auburn that made the difference for him.
“It’s just the family vibe I get,” Truesdell said.
"I had a really good visit to Auburn," he added, noting that he brought his grandmother with him on the trip. "I like the players I met and I get along well with Coach Garner and the rest of the coaches. I was able to learn more about Auburn and I liked it a lot."
A frequent visitor to Auburn last spring and summer, Truesdell shifted his focus to Louisville and Florida and the Gators actually became the team to beat for the big lineman until very late in the process.
What It Means: Truesdell gives Auburn another big body on the interior of the defense, something that's important with the losses of Montravius Adams, Maurice Swain and Devaroe Lawrence from last year. While he's not expected to play right away, a year in Auburn's strength and conditioning program could be huge for Truesdell. At 330 now, he moved very well as a 305 pound junior. Getting closer to that weight would mean improved quickness and explosion at the point of attack and make him a possibility for the playing rotation in 2018.
Scout Analysis: “Truesdell is a big, strong interior defensive lineman. He is naturally strong in his upper and lower body. Still on the raw side in terms of technique and he needs to add moves off the ball and play lower. He can bull rush and he can push the pocket. He does eat up space with his frame, but he is more than that. He does get into the backfield and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Can push offensive linemen backwards, but needs moves off the ball and to improve technique.”