Rated as the third-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com, Bart Eddins is following in a long line of family at Auburn as his father Liston and brother Bret both played at Auburn while his mother Nancy attended school there as well. He says that while he looked at several other schools early, in the end it was all Auburn.
"I kind of looked to see if I could go somewhere else and fit in somewhere else, but I kept coming back to Auburn and coming back to Auburn," Eddins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have grown up in Auburn and can walk down the streets with my eyes closed. It's just something I'm real comfortable with. I feel like I fit in with their style of defense and I know the coaches and players real well.
"That's huge for me," he adds. "Sometimes when you're nervous about meeting people you don't perform as well as you would have liked. With my brother playing there and me knowing so many of the players there it's like a second home. It definitely played a huge role in my committing to Auburn."
Eddins is a strong player against the run in the middle of the Trinity defense.
A 6-5, 260 animal on the defensive line, Eddins is considered by many among the top players at his position anywhere in the country. Last season he racked up 111 tackles and also added two sacks despite constant double-teaming on the line. Because of that he had offers from all over. Included in that list was Oklahoma. While Auburn was always the top school for Eddins he says he had some anxious moments when thinking about the Sooners.
"They definitely were in the running," Eddins says. "As much as I love Auburn it would have been nice to see a different part of the world than Montgomery or Auburn. Then again you come back to the comfort level and having so many friends there (Auburn). That just kind of took over."
While the family influence made a big part in his decision to attend Auburn, it wasn't the only factor involved. Although Eddins says he cherishes and admires the things his father and brother did when they were at Auburn, he wants to do things on his own and establish his own identity as a Tiger.
"To me it's a huge honor to play in the same stadium as my brother and my dad," Eddins says. "At the same time we're all different, we all play different, and we all act different. In a way I'm a part of the footsteps they've left, but in a way I want to make my own there at Auburn."
This fall things will remain much the same for Eddins. On Friday night's he'll be playing defensive tackle and some fullback for Trinity as the Wildcats look to continue their winning ways. Saturday's will have him in Jordan-Hare Stadium, a place he's been a regular since he was practically born.
"I know 100 percent I'll be at all the home games," Eddins says. "I'll also try to go to some of the away games that are close by. I'm definitely going to be at all the Auburn games I can though."
Eddins becomes Auburn's second public verbal commitment joining junior college defensive tackle Greg Smith from Northeast (Miss.) Community College. Originally signed by the Tigers out of Tyler High in Chattanooga, Tenn., Smith is expected to enroll at Auburn in December and will have three years left to play two.