Tigers Pick Up 20th Verbal Commitment

Coach Tommy Tuberville Tigers have added to their already long list of football commitments.

Brentwood, Tenn.--Auburn received its 20th verbal commitment for the 2007 football signee class when Brentwood Academy defensive end A.J. Greene announced on Wednesday that he will play for the Tigers.

The 6-6, 260-pounder helped his team to a state championship as he made 42 tackles and seven sacks as a senior. Coach Carlton Flatt's Brentwood Academy squad defeated McCallie of Chattanooga in the title game 37-34, knocking off the team that had given Brentwood its only loss in the regular season.

"He's a really good player now and I think he has the potential to be a great," Flatt says. "Auburn really stole one with this kid. He has a chance to be special."

Greene selected the Tigers over offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville and Marshall. He got an offer from the Tigers after head coach Tommy Tuberville personally checked out the big end.

Flatt says that Greene is a really interesting prospect. "He is six-foot-six and 260 pounds and can play tight end or defensive end. He has really good speed. He has really good feet.

"He just turned 17 years old so he has a lot of potential to improve and he is already good player," Flatt adds. "He was All-State and was named our division Player of the Year."

The veteran Brentwood coach notes that Greene comes from a quality family. His grandmother has been a long-time supporter of Brentwood Academy and Flatt coached Greene's two aunts, who played basketball for the school.

"A.J. is just a great kid," Flatt says. "Auburn is getting quite a prospecct. He can play on both sides of the ball. I think he is going to be a rush end at Auburn."

Greene will join former Brentwood Academy standouts King Dunlap and Mike Berry as members of the 2007 Auburn team. The Tigers have two seniors on this year's squad from Brentwood--kicker John Vaughn and punter Kody Bliss.

Greene, who is a physical defensive line prospect with good size and quickness, took an unofficial visit to Auburn earlier this month. "When I took a visit there when they played Georgia although they lost it just felt like a great place to be," Greene says. "The stadium is nice and the fans are nice. Most of all I could picture myself being out there on the field."

Greene is considered a prospect with a lot of potential, but notes he is still a newcomer to the sport.

"I'm not that strong, I would say, because I just started playing high school football last year," he notes. "I came from a public high school, Hunters Lane, and I wasn't on any kind of weight program. I started lifting weights at the end of my sophomore year so I'm not as strong as I want to be right now, but speed-wise I'm pretty quick.

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