Tigers The "Perfect Fit" For Travis

This big defensive lineman talks about his decision to be an Auburn Tiger.

Brewton, Ala.--A target at one of Auburn's positions of need pulled the trigger on Monday as big Jamar Travis from W.S. Neal committed to the Tigers over Southern Miss. A 6-1, 312 roadblock of a defensive tackle, Travis got an offer from new coach Gene Chizik on his official visit over the weekend after and didn't take long to make up his mind.

"When I was on my trip to Auburn I sat down with coach Chizik and on Saturday afternoon he offered me," Travis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Being that Auburn is basically the perfect fit for me I had to commit to Auburn.

"I just told the Auburn coaches," he adds. "They were very happy and said they were very happy. Coach (Tracy) Rocker said he was looking forward to coaching me and said it was a tough road. Nothing comes good without hard work."

It was the second commitment for Travis to Auburn this year as earlier in his senior season he tried to verbal to the former staff, but questions about his academics and a knee injury kept that from happening. Without much hope he would be a Tiger, Travis instead chose Southern Miss. He notes that while he would have been happy as a Golden Eagle, he can't wait to be a Tiger now that he's shown improvements in both areas.

"It has been the best place for me since the beginning, when the old crew was there and now the new crew," Travis says. "Given the fact that Jared Cooper is there and it's not far from home, my parents could always come and see me. It's a perfect fit. It's an opportunity to get coached by coach (Tracy) Rocker as well.

"Coach Chizik has really built a great staff," he adds. "They all seem to be real focused on bringing Auburn back to where it needs to be. I liked the old crew a lot and coach (Tommy) Tuberville was a great coach as was coach (James) Willis and coach (Don) Dunn and coach (Terry) Price. I liked them a lot, but it seems like the new guys are going to do a great job too."

Playing the defensive tackle position, Travis will get up close and personal training from perhaps the best ever to play the spot at Auburn. He says because of that and Rocker's history as a coach it's exciting to think about.

"He's a great person," Travis says. "I know he's going to get me to the level I need to be to play at Auburn's level."

Travis missed much of his senior season after tearing his Medial Collateral Ligament, something he says is completely healthy after rest and rehab during the fall. He says he decided not to play basketball this season to make sure he's fully ready to go in the summer when he arrives in Auburn.

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