Florida Lineman Picks Tigers

A powerful blocker at one of Florida's top programs committed has committed to the Tigers.

Belle Glades, Fla.--Auburn picked up its sixth public verbal commitment for the class of 2008 on Monday when Glades Central offensive guard Jarien Moreland chose the Tigers.

"I am committed to Auburn," Moreland tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I picked Auburn for the education it offers plus I like the football coaching staff. They believe in working hard to be successful and I do, too."

Among the schools recruiting the athletic and powerful Moreland were Florida, LSU, Miami, South Florida, Central Florida and others. Moreland says he picked Tommy Tuberville's Tigers over the LSU Tigers.

"The coaching staff at Auburn is a very good coaching stafff," says Moreland, who participated in an Auburn camp this past June. "They stand on their word. They are about business and they are about working. That is basically what I am about and I am for anybody who is about working.

"I was looking at him (offensive line coach Hugh Nall) and he had that look on his face like he just wanted to be a winner," Moreland adds. "It was a look like he wasn't taking anything from anybody. I saw he is going to push me more than I have ever been pushed so I wanted to be a part of something like that."

A massive interior line prospect at 6-4, 320 pounds, Moreland is a physical presence who is expected to be a major force for the Raiders in 2007 after serving as a backup last season behind a veteran offensive line that led Glades Central to a state championship.

Moreland has made a name for himself this summer in several camps as he's shown good feet to go along with a powerful drive off the ball. He particularly caught the eye of many in the spring when he more than held his own against top defensive tackle prospect Marcus Forston when Glades Central and powerful Miami Northwestern squared off.

Moreland joins DeRon Furr, junior college athlete Blair Irvin, Drew Cole, Vance Smith and Damion Allen as Auburn commitments to this point.

Scout.com Florida recruiting analyst Mike Bakas says the Glades Central High School lineman is an interesting recruit. "He is a big guy who is physically impressive. When you look at him, he has the type of build that makes him look like a Division I offensive lineman.

"In fact, he looks a lot more like a major college prospect than a lot of other offensive linemen who have been getting offers," Bakas says.

"Jarien is a player who has come on strong in some of the camps this year," Bakas adds. "He is obviously still a raw product as a football player. He was a backup as a junior so he doesn't have a lot of experience, but he has a big upside."

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