Tigers Pick Up First Verbal for 2006

Auburn has its first 2006 football signee class verbal commitment.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's first verbal commitment for the 2005 signee class is a familiar name to Tiger fans who closely follow the AU program.

Defensive lineman Greg Smith from Northeast, Miss., Community College told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Monday that he plans to sign with Auburn in December.

He originally signed with the Tigers as a high school senior out of Tyner High in Chattanooga. However, he did not qualify academically and went to junior college.

"A lot of colleges have been trying to recruit me, but I told them all I plan to go to Auburn," he said.

Smith, who made the Mississippi All-State juco team as a freshman, says he currently stands six-foot-three and weighs 315 pounds.

Smith was the Tennessee Division II Lineman of the Year after making 164 tackles as a high school senior. He was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball in high school.

"I don't know what position on the defensive line I will play at Auburn," he said. "I expect it will be tackle. Right now I am trying to take care of business so I can get ready for this season and sign again with Auburn in December."

If he does that, he would have three years to play two seasons at AU and could participate in spring training 2006.

Smith says he decided to re-commit to the Tigers to end the recruiting process. "So many schools have been recruiting me I can't remember them all," he notes.

Auburn added Smith to its 2004 class as a sign-to-place prospect. He was one of the most impressive physical specimens in the class at 296 pounds and has added nearly 20 pounds since then.

smith says he enjoyed watching the 2004 Tigers post a 13-0 record. "That was impressive to me and so was how the Auburn players did in the NFL Draft," he notes.

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