Tigers Add Defensive End Commitment

This big defensive end talks about his reasons for committing to the Tigers while on his visit.

Dunedin, Fla.--For Darrell Roseman there wasn't much he needed to see in Auburn to make his decision for the Tigers. After visiting both Rutgers and North Carolina State, the defensive end says that he knew pretty quickly that Auburn was the place for him.

"I knew as soon as I got there," Roseman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The facilities are top of the line. I have visited other places, but that place was different. I enjoyed my visit a lot. It was real fun. The players seemed like a nice tight-knit family here and I committed.

"After visiting some other colleges I felt like this was the right choice for me," he adds. "After talking with the players that was pretty much it, how close they were. That's really important for me because I'm going to be away from home and I need a family there."

Roseman says the Tigers were a perfect fit for him.

A 6-4, 235-pounder with good speed and the frame to get much bigger, Roseman says that he is planning to play early for the Tigers. Part of that means getting physically and mentally ready and another part is getting familiar with teammates that he'll have while at Auburn.

"Quentin Groves was my player host. He showed me a great time. He made me feel really comfortable here. I met some of the other defensive ends. They're really close-knit and that's important for me. That and I'm coming in early to work with them. I'll be in Auburn on May 28. I graduate on the 17th and I'll be up on the 28th."

Recruited for Auburn by coach Greg Knox out of Dunedin (Fla.) High, Roseman says that while on his visit he got to spend a lot of time with position coach Terry Price. A defensive end that played in the NFL before injuries put an end to his career, Roseman says Price's experience was just another reason Auburn came out on top in the end.

"He's a great coach," Roseman says. "He teaches everything and he's been to that next level. He's experienced everything I'm going through. That was real important."

Currently playing basketball for his high school team, Roseman averages 12 points and 10 rebounds a game playing center and power forward. Once that season is complete he says that he'll begin immediately to train for his first season at Auburn. He knows that it will be an uphill battle, but he says he'll work to play right away.

"I just need to get stronger and faster," Roseman says. "I'll just train hard from here on out to get ready."

Roseman says he does not plan to take any more visits.

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