Speedy Athlete Chooses Tigers

This talented two-way player chose the Tigers on Wednesday over Kentucky and Mississippi State.

Gordo, Ala.--A late offer from the Auburn Tigers was all that talented Izauea Lanier needed to make his year complete as he chose the Tigers over offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Troy and several others. A standout at both defensive back and wide receiver, Lanier says the scholarship offer is a dream come true for him.

"I got the offer Monday night," Lanier says. "I talked with coach (Phillip) Lolley. It was a great feeling. It's something I had been waiting on. I came from the same high school that Courtney Taylor came from so I have been all Auburn since he left. They were the only one to come and recruit him and now it's like they're the one to come and recruit me.

"I made my commitment about 20 minutes ago," Lanier adds. "Committing to them was a very good decision that I've thought about for a long time. I went down there my ninth grade year and I fell in love with the school then. It's a good feeling to be committing to them today."

A native of Carrollton like Taylor, Lanier transferred to Gordo when the high school was closed. He says he's followed the career of Taylor closely and the former Auburn wide receiver and current Seattle Seahawk was a hero of many of the kids in his hometown.

"It feels really good to (follow in Taylor's footsteps)," Lanier says. "There are a lot of kids out there now that wish they had that chance. I'm going to try to make the best of it."

At 6-1, 190, Lanier with good speed and a nose for the ball, Lanier was a standout at safety and wide receiver for the Green Wave as a senior. He led his team to a third round playoff berth in 2008 on the strength of his play on both sides of the ball.

As a running back he rushed for 871 yards. As a wide receiver he caught passes for 870 yards. Playing both safety and cornerback he made 68 tackles and intercepted seven passes. That's not all though as he returned one kickoff and one punt for a touchdown in the opening two games before teams decided to kick away from him the rest of the season.

Being recruited as a safety by the Tigers, Lanier says it's not a concern for him which position he plays on the next level, only that he gets the chance.

"It doesn't matter to me," Lanier says. "That's why it doesn't matter to me because I have played both sides of the ball."

He says that right now his only other visit will likely be to Hinds Junior College in Mississippi. Lanier still has some work to do academically as he reports a GPA of 2.7 and he recently scored a 14 on his first attempt on the ACT. He says improving both will be his main focus the rest of his senior year.

"I'm not playing basketball my senior year," Lanier says. "I was worried about my grades so I stopped playing basketball. My main focus is improving them."

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