Big Lineman Chooses Tigers

This big lineman from Tennessee made a commitment to the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday.

Chattanooga, Tenn.--One of the South's most physically imposing defensive tackles made it official on Wednesday when he committed verbally to the Auburn Tigers and Coach Phillip Lolley at Tyner High.

Greg Smith, a 6-3, 295-pounder with good quickness and strength, tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he was just ready to make a decision and Auburn was the place for him.

Greg Smith

"I committed to Auburn because I think they have a good program and the education I get will be good down there," Smith says. "I feel like once I get in the rhythm of college I'll fit in good down there. Them losing guys up front kind of plays into my decision because you have to check out what they're losing and what they have coming back. By that I decided I would make a verbal commitment, do what I have to do, and get some playing time on the field."

A powerful player on the field, Smith dominated at the point of attack along with teammate Demonte Bolden for Tyner. His play on the field had schools from all over talking to him before and during the season. He received attention from Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Marshall and several others before choosing the Tigers. As a senior Smith had 164 tackles, 37 tackles for losses, 11 caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the 12-2 Tyner team that lost deep in the Tennessee state playoffs.

Because of suspect academics at the moment, Smith will likely begin his collegiate career on the junior college level. Despite that the four-year starter says that his commitment to Auburn is strong at the moment although he may visit a few schools to see what else is out there at the moment.

"I'm supposed to visit Auburn January 25," Smith says. "I was supposed to visit South Carolina, but I never went up there. I'm also supposed to visit Middle Tennessee State and Tennessee State also."

Smith becomes Auburn's 10th verbal commitment for the Class of 2004 and will attempt to re-join his classmates in two seasons on the Plains.

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