Five-Star Running Back Dyer Picks Auburn

Highly regarded running back Michael Dyer announced his college choice on Friday.

Little Rock, Ark.--Running back is a high priority for Gene Chizik's 2010 Auburn football signee class and the Auburn coach received excellent news on Friday when Scout.com's No. 3 ranked tailback prospect announced his commitment to the Tigers.

Saying "War Eagle" at a press conference to announce his selection to the Under Armour All-American Game, Dyer said Auburn felt "like home" on his unofficial visits to the campus.

The running back said his comfort level with the Auburn coaching staff was a major factor in his choice of the AU program. He mentioned offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and running backs coach Curtis Luper along with Chizik in influencing his decision.

Asked if he planned to take additional recruiting visits, he said he would take to Auburn's coaching staff to see what they said about that.

The running back said he almost announced for the Tigers earlier this fall. On Friday he said it was "good to get it of my chest."

Talking about his decision to play for the Tigers, he noted that the good relationships between the coaching staff and players impressed him and reminded him of his high school team. Dyer noted that the Auburn players are "respectful" of their coaches and that stood out to him.

He also said he is impressed with the Auburn offense and how he could fit into Malzahn's system. "He has a great offense," the running back said.

Dyer was joined at the ceremony by tight end Dakota Mosley, who was also selected to the Under Armour All-STar Game that will be played on Jan. 2nd at Tropicana Field in Tampa. Mosley is also considering Auburn.

Both players thanked their teammates and Dyer said he was glad he attends Little Rock Christian Academy. "It has made me a better football player and a better Christian," he said.

Michael Dyer, a 5-10, 195-pound senior at Little Rock Christian Academy, chose the Tigers over offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama and a large number of other colleges.

Dyer made his announcement at his school on Friday morning. On Friday night his 6-3 team will close the regular season with a home game vs. Pulaski Academy that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

A four-year starter for the Warriors, he is the leading rusher in Arkansas high school history, a record he set on Oct. 23rd when he ran for 175 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-14 victory over Lakeside High of Hot Springs. He finished that game with 7,266 career rushing yards.

As a freshman Dyer rushed for 901 yards on the varsity. As a sophomore he tripled that total with 2,710 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a junior he rushed for 1,900 yards as ankle problems limited his output late in the season.




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