Texas DL Pulls The Trigger For The Tigers

Auburn landed its second defensive line commitment of the day, this one from Texas.

Arlington, Tex.--A defensive lineman who visited Auburn Jan. 16th-18th stayed in-state this past weekend to check out the Texas Tech Red Raiders. However, on Monday night Nosa Eguae from Mansfield Summit High School made his choice and plans to play his college football for the Auburn Tigers.

"I just weighed everything yesterday with my family," Eguae tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "From talking with the coaches I just felt like Auburn was the place for me. War Eagle!"

With Auburn head coach Gene Chizik making a visit to see Eguae on Monday, it proved to be enough to seal the deal for the Tigers.

Already familiar with many of Auburn's staff members from their time at either Iowa State, Oklahoma State or Arkansas, Eguae says he's becoming more comfortable with them every day because of the time they've spent with him talking about Auburn and answering questions.

I've talked with Coach (Tracy) Rocker," he says. "They came by the house. Him and coach (Curtis) Luper. I've talked with coach (Ted) Roof quite a bit. I have had a lot of contact."

Because his position coach is going to be an important part of his college career, Eguae says it only strengthened Auburn's chances to land the lineman with Rocker on board. An All-American performer and winner of both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as a player at Auburn, Rocker has shown the ability to get the same level of play out of his troops as a coach. That's something that Eguae says can't be ignored.

"You can just keep going on and on about coach Rocker," Eguae says. "What he's done as a player and what he's done as a coach. People always say Outland Trophy winner and stuff like that, but he's a coach right now. He's coached DeMarcus Ware, Osi Umenyiora, Jamaal Anderson, and to have that type of history as a coach and to be able to say if you come to my school I can get you to your highest potential as a football player, that's real important to me."

His coach, Kyle Gellar, says that the Tigers are getting a good player who committed on Monday evening after getting a visit from Chizik and assistant coach Curtis Luper.

"He was a two-year starter for us and an all-district player, who was a huge, huge part of our program the last four years. We are going to miss him a whole lot, but he is going on to bigger and better things."

The coach says that Auburn is getting an excellent person for the program, too. "He has a great foundation to go to college. Academics are important to him. He shows everybody respect. His parents instilled that in him. That goes a long way. It carries out to the football field with his dedication to the game."

Gellar says that Eguae played end and tackle in a 4-3 front and played end when the team lined up in a five-man front. "He has experienced just about every position on the defensive line.

"I am sure Auburn wants him to play defensive end and if he gains weight they might move him inside."

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