Tim Lamb Picks Auburn: "It Felt Like Family"

Defensive tackle Tim Lamb from Tallahassee, Fla., announced his college choice. Check out three videos of the 300-pounder in action.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Auburn added to its already large early list of football verbal commitments for 2007 on Thursday night with the announcement that defensive lineman Tim Lamb from Lincoln High School will be a Tiger.

A 6-0, 305-pound wrecking ball, Lamb had offers from dozens of colleges before deciding on Auburn. He is ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com.

"I had liked Auburn all along, but I really became interested in Auburn when I went there on an unofficial visit," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I was in Auburn for the Washington State game and it just felt like the right place to me," he said. "It felt like family. I really liked the atmosphere. I really liked the coaches, the players and the people I met."

With offers from Alabama, Miami, Nebraska, Tennessee, Louisville and dozens of other schools, Lamb had plenty of choices before deciding on Auburn. He announced for the Tigers live on ESPNU, a television network.

When asked who Auburn's main competition was, he told Inside the Auburn Tigers it was several colleges. "I seriously considered Alabama, Tennesseee, Illinois and Nebraska, but Auburn was the one that stood out to me."

One of Florida's higher ranked defensive tackle prospects, Lamb is an explosive defender and plays with good strength and leverage. As a junior he broke the school record, held by Florida and NFL standout Kevin Carter, with 31 tackles for losses. He had 58 total tackles, three caused fumbles, and four sacks during the 2005 season.

His head coach, Kyle Rice, said that Auburn is getting a powerful true noseguard. "We play a 5-2 front and he is very strong for us," the coach noted. "He is a guy who benches 450 pounds and plays extremely low for a 300 pounder. He causes a lot of problems for offensive teams.

"He had a great season and he is playing well again this year," the coach added. "He has been nicked up a little bit this year and teams are trying to run away from him, but he is still making plays for us."

Lamb, whose brother Xavier is also receiving recruiting attention from colleges, said that he is hoping to be able to make an early impact as a college player. He should have plenty of strength in both his upper body and lower body. In addition to his impressive bench press, he said he squats "about 550 pounds."

The defensive lineman also said the educational aspect of where he attends college is very important to him. "I plan to major in computer engineering," he said. "Auburn is a strong school academically and that played a part in my decision."

He will follow a 2006 Lincoln High star to Auburn, linebacker Craig Stevens, who has been a key contributor so far for the Tigers, who are ranked second and third nationally in the major polls this week.

Commenting on the big lineman, Rice said, "He is a real good kid, just like Craig Stevens. "He is a good person and a good athlete. He is so strong he just knocks centers into the quarterback."

Lamb becomes Auburn's 16th public verbal commitment joining tight ends Bailey Woods and Brent Slusher, defensive tackle Josh Chapman, linebackers Eltoro Freeman and Marshall Williams, defensive backs Daquan Bembry, Michael Slade, Jonnie Dixon, and Ryan Williams, fullback John Douglas and offensive linemen Ryan Pugh, Chaz Ramsey and Kyle Coulahan. Also included in Auburn's total are prep school standouts Bo Harris and Chris Slaughter, who will be re-signs from last season.

Both Harris and Slaughter are currently enrolled in prep schools. Harris is playing defensive end at Milford Academy in New York state. Slaughter is a wide receiver at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

After having a large number of prospects in for last weekend's LSU at Auburn game, the Tigers are expected to have a small group of players in this weekend to check out the Buffalo at Auburn game on Saturday. However, there will be one official visit as kicker Charles "Wes" Byrum from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be there to check out the campus.

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