Parade All-American Signs With Auburn

Arkansas Player of the Year Lee Ziemba is a big addition to Auburn's signee class.

Rogers, Ark.--After an intense recruiting battle between Arkansas and Auburn, the Tigers got an oral commitment from Lee Ziemba on Jan. 19.

On Wednesday the big tackle made it official by signing a letter of intent to play for Tommy Tuberville and the Tigers.

As the son of a pair of former Auburn University students, Ziemba spent part of his childhood living in Dothan, Ala., before moving to Rogers, Ark., which is just a short drive from the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Much like Auburn quarterback recruit Kodi Burns, who is from Fort Smith, Ark., it was difficult for Ziemba to overcome the pressures from the home team before making the decision to be an Auburn Tiger.

At 6-7, 305 pounds with good agility Ziemba is a four-star player and the fifth-rated offensive tackle in the country. He is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state by

Auburn returns left tackle King Dunlap from the 2006 season, but Dunlap is the only starting offensive lineman returning for 2007. Ziemba could have an opportunity in August to compete for either a starting role or playing time in the rotation.

Ziemba took his official visit to Arkansas on Dec. 15 and to Auburn on Jan. 12. He had offers from some of the top programs around the country like Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee, but it was really a two-team race for his signature.

Ziemba was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas as a senior and a Parade All-American. He won a large number awards, including 7A Player of the Year for Arkansas.

Coach Ronnie Peacock at Rogers says the Auburn signee was a terrific player and is an outstanding student. "He did just a great job for us and he is an outstanding person, too. He did a terrific job of handling all of the pressure of recruiting."

Peacock notes that Ziemba was a dominating player at Rogers and is a prospect who should continue to get bigger, stronger and more accomplished as a college player. "Like all players coming from high school to college, he will have to make adjustments to playing against bigger and stronger players, but I think Auburn is getting a very good prospect."

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