Speedy Defensive Lineman Chooses Tigers

A talented defensive lineman says why he picked Auburn after literally being recruited from coast to coast.

Reedley, Calif.--Auburn picked up its second football commitment of the day when Doug Langenfeld of Reedley Junior announced on Monday that he will sign with the Tigers on Feb. 5th.

Doug Langenfeld

The 6-3, 245-pound defensive lineman had 72 tackles as a sophomore with 13 1/2 sacks. "I am going to sign with Auburn and I picked them over Tennessee, Oregon and Nebraska," he said.

"I really like Coach (Terry) Price who recruited me and I am looking forward to playing for him," Langenfeld says. "He is a good guy. He played football in the pros. I also like Coach Chizik (defensive coordinator Gene Chizik). He is a cool guy who is a lot of fun to be around. I like Coach Tuberville (head coach Tommy Tuberville). He is a straight-up guy."

Langenfeld said Auburn's need for defensive linemen had a big influence in his decision. He said the chance to play for a strong Auburn team in 2003 was also important in his decision. "I know Coach Chizik thinks the team is going to have a really strong defense this coming season and I think so, too."

A native of Monck's Corner, S.C., Langenfeld also visited the University of South Carolina this past weekend before choosing the Tigers.

He didn't originally qualify out of high school and sat out of football for two years before getting a second chance across the country. "My high school coach told me he was going to find me a junior college to go to," Langenfeld says. "I didn't care where it was. The coach from Reedley called my high school coach and then they both called me. He told me about Reedley and I told him I was coming."

As a freshman, he made 40 tackles and had six sacks, but his past season he really picked up his play and got offers from colleges around the country who were intrigued by his size and unusual speed. He has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Langenfeld says he will graduate from Reedley in May and plans to move to Auburn in June and begin workouts for the 2003 season. He has three years to play two seasons at Auburn.

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