Defensive Tackle Who Likes Tigers Will Visit AU

A two-sport standout with excellent size and athleticism is taking a visit this weekend to check out the football Tigers.

Pensacola, Fla.--Defensive tackle prospect Tyronne Green visited the Auburn campus in December to check out the Auburn Tigers on the basketball court. This weekend he is scheduled to be in Auburn to talk to coaches about the possibility of playing football for the Tigers.

A 6-3, 280-pounder with 4.8 speed from Woodham High School, his stock as a football prospect is on the rise now that he has gotten back a qualifying ACT score.

A three-year starter in football and basketball, he says that Auburn became interested in him recently after Tiger coaches got the word that he scored 19 on his ACT. "The quarterback coach at Auburn, Coach (Steve) Ensminger, has been recruiting me," Green tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Auburn hasn't offered me a scholarship, but they told me that they might have one for me on my visit this weekend."

Last weekend he took an official visit to Southern Miss and was offered by the Golden Eagles. "I liked their campus," he says. "It is very nice. They showed me a good time on the visit and I am interested in Southern Miss.

"That was the first visit I took because I haven't wanted to miss basketball games," he adds. "We play games on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and we have a good team and I want to be there for the games. We are 16-3 with a 7-1 record in the district."

Last year Woodham won the state championship in basketball with Green in a key role. The lineman says he would love to do it again as a senior. He is currently averaging eight points and 10 rebounds per game. He also plans to throw the shot put and discus in track. "Last year our basketball season ran so late with us going all the way to the state championship game that I didn't have time to train for the track team," he says.

In football, he missed several games due to an injury, but still made the All-Area team as a senior with 34 tackles, nine QB pressures, three sacks, three other tackles for loses, three blocked punts and an interception.

"He is very athletic for a guy his size," says Woodham High head coach Mike Sherrill. "He runs very well and has good agility."

Sherrill says when Green concentrates on football in college, it will be interesting to see how good he becomes. "I have got a feeling that he could be something special," Sherrill says." He is a real good kid. His grades are OK and we think that he will be a qualifier. He does a lot of things on the football field and basketball court with his athleticism that you don't expect to see from somebody as big as he is."

Academically, Green has not decided what he wants to study in college. "I have been thinking about computer science, but I really don't know right now," he says.

Green has talked to coaches at Clemson, Central Florida, Florida A&M and South Florida as well as Southern Miss and others. "In football, the teams that are recruiting me say they like me because of my quickness off the ball at the line of scrimmage," Green notes. "They also say they like the way I hustle to the ball."

The big defensive lineman says that Auburn he may be ready to say yes to the Tigers this weekend on his official visit to AU if he gets a scholarship offer from Tommy Tuberville.

"I was up there in December with my basketball team," he notes. "We watched Auburn play Montana. I am looking forward to going back for my visit this weekend."

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