Gordo Star Helping Recruit for Tigers

Auburn verbal commitment Izauea Lanier talks about why he enjoyed his official visit to check out the Tigers.

Gordo, Ala.--Izauea Lanier says the most memorable part of his official visit to Auburn was Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

With the lights on and the big screen video board cranked up, he and the eight other prospects in for official visits walked on the field to get a feel for the stadium and what it will look like playing for the Tigers, which is something that Lanier says he has wanted to do for a long time.

Earlier this month he got a scholarship offer from Auburn and after that happened he put an end to recruiting by saying he is firmly committed to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

"That was a great feeling stepping out on the field in a big stadium like that," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I never felt like that in my life. It is way different than high school ball. I have never seen anything like that."

Other highlights for the 6-0, 185-pound safety recruit were the chance to meet other players and the other recruits.

"I got to meet a lot of people with my host Ben Tate," he says. "I basically toured the campus with Ben without the other hosts."

Lanier, who says he has been coming to the Auburn campus since he was a ninth grader, notes that he got a kick out of meeting running back Mario Fannin and says the Auburn sophomore had him laughing.

He says he also enjoyed talking to quarterback prospect Tyrik Rollison, who arrived on campus Saturday for his official visit. Lanier notes that he tried to help recruit the visiting uncommitted prospects and says he has a good feeling that Rollison could be joining him at Auburn. "I know he had fun last night," Lanier says. "I think he is going to visit for another day."

The Gordo High star says he isn't sure who will be Auburn's secondary coach next season. He talked about defense over the weekend with AU's defensive coordinator, Ted Roof, on the official visit.

Growing up in a small town near Tuscaloosa, home of Auburn's in-state rival (Alabama), Lanier notes that many of the local football fans there are not Auburn fans. "Most of them aren't excited that I am going to Auburn because they are Alabama fans," he says. "A lot of them told me that they are going to be cheering for me except for one game and I know which one they are talking about."

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