No More Visits, AU Commitment Says

A report is featured on a football prospect's official visit to Auburn.

Brentwood, Tenn.--A relative newcomer to football, defensive end A.J. Greene is "solid" in his commitment to play football at Auburn and continue the succession of Tigers from Brentwood Academy.

After spending the weekend in Auburn on his official visit to check out facilities and academics at Auburn--as well as having an opportunity to spend time with the other Tiger commitments and the non-committed visitors--the 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end says he knows Auburn is the place for him.

"The visit was everything I expected it to be--and even more," says Greene, who was first team All-State in Tennessee and his division's defensive player of the year in the state. "Auburn is a great school and reminds me of my school. I'm just happy to be going there."

When Greene reports to Auburn this summer, he'll join former Brentwood Academy standouts King Dunlap and Mike Berry as Tigers. Dunlap is a returning starting offensive tackle and Berry, also an offensive lineman, was redshirted as a true freshman this past fall. Punter Kody Bliss and kicker John Vaughn just completed their careers as four-year starters after coming to Auburn from Brentwood.

"I always wondered why so many players from Brentwood Academy go to Auburn," Greene says. "When I got here the first time, I said to myself, ‘This is why.' Auburn is such a wonderful place to be. You have everything right there. They are going to push you in academics and on the field."

Greene was accompanied to Auburn by his mother and grandmother. He says they are equally impressed with Auburn.

The defensive end's unofficial visit was for the Georgia weekend when the Tigers suffered a damaging loss that knocked them out of BCS consideration. "It was a horrible game, but it still led me this way," Greene explains. "That's because of the way Auburn handled the loss by bouncing back to beat Alabama."

Greene says he doesn't have a personal relationship with current Tiger Dunlap, but they have talked from time to time.

"His (Dunlap's) little sister goes to my school," says Greene, who recorded 42 tackles and totaled seven sacks his senior year. "She's going to Kentucky to play basketball. His sister is one of my best friends. Since King came from Brentwood Academy and his sister and I are friends, I feel King and I have something in common."

Greene looks to be a prospect who has a tremendous upside. "I just began playing football seriously last year (junior season)," Greene points out. "I know I have a lot to learn and have got get bigger and stronger. I know Auburn is the place for me to do that.

"I'm a committed man," he adds. "I'm done and won't be taking any more visits. It's a great feeling. When a lot of schools are wanting you, it can get crazy. I'm happy that I have made a final decision and don't have to deal with that any more."


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