Those are the sentiments of the newest Auburn football verbal commitment, a big, fast and smart defensive end named Brian Kuhn.
The 6-5, 250-pound All-State performer for Crescent City High School won't have to wait long to join the Auburn program. He is scheduled to graduate early from high school (December 21) and then enroll at Auburn in January.
"I am ready to get started with college football at Auburn," Kuhn told Inside the Auburn Tigers.
Kuhn visited Auburn for the Alabama game and just returned from a weekend in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina. "It was nice," he said of his official visit to UNC. "I enjoyed it. It just wasn't like an SEC football game though. Their stadium only holds 59,000 fans and it wasn't even full. There wasn't the excitement like there was at Auburn where the fans are great. I just love the Auburn fans."
The defensive end says he was almost ready to commit to Auburn on his official visit before Tommy Tuberville recommended that he take another visit or two to make sure of his choice. Kuhn says despite the dismal performance of the Tigers the weekend he watched them, his visit was an "A+" and he is excited about playing for the Tigers.
"I know that Auburn is looking for defensive ends so this is a really good situation for me," says Kuhn, who also liked the academic program presented to him on his Auburn visit. He is interested in studying sports medicine.
Kuhn is cancelling his other official visits that were planned for Maryland on Dec. 7th and Miami on Dec. 14th.
Auburn's last verbal commitment prior to Kuhn was 6-1, 185, 4.5 wide receiver Toby Zeigler from Neville High in Monroe. He totaled nearly 2,000 receiving yards as a junior and senior and is a dangerous return man. He was a star at an AU summer camp and says he has been leaning to the Tigers since that trip.
Other public verbal commitments from high school seniors include Tyrone Martin, 6-1, 214, 4.5, LB, Benjamin Russell High, Alex City; 6-4 1/2, 250, 4.8 TE Lawrence Lilly from Montevallo; 6-1, 195, 4.4 DB Brandon Williams from Shaw High in Columbus, Ga.; 6-3, 230, 4.6 Ath. Greg Wilkerson from Bowdon, Ga., High; 6-9, 250, 4.6 TE Justin Bruce from Pepperell High in Lindale, Ga.; 6-4 1/2, 217, 4.6 DB Kevin Sears from Russellville; 6-2, 250, 4.9 center William Ward from Prattville; 6-2, 215, 4.5 LB Oliver King from North Surry High in Mount Airy, N.C., and 6-2, 230, 4.6 LB Kevis Burnam from Macon County High in Montezuma, Ga. The Tigers are also expected to re-sign defensive end Seante Williams from Coffeyville, Kan., Community and Pine Forest High in Pensacola, Fla. Williams is expected to enroll in January and will have three years of eligibility after redshirting during one of his years in junior college.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Kuhn can count back on the 2001 scholarship totals by signing in December...Kuhn has unusual speed for a defensive end. He has a best clocking of 4.59 in the 40 dash and ran a 4.6 in the 40 on grass at a summer camp...Kuhn says he really enjoyed one of AU's traditions on his visit to Auburn. "The Tiger Walk was my favorite. It was awesome. That made a big impression on me." Also making a big impression on him were the coeds on the Auburn campus. "I didn't know there were so many beautiful women in the state of Alabama," he says. "It has Florida beat in that department. The girls at Auburn are awesome. I can't say enough good things about the people I met. I really liked the town. It is not too big and it is very friendly. It reminds me of home. The fans are unbelievable about how well they support their team and that means a lot to me."...Kuhn says that he is also impressed with what he calls "first class" football facilities at Auburn.
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