Georgia Lineman Signs With Tigers

Auburn signed a big lineman from the State of Georgia on Wednesday.

Thomaston, Ga.--There are always a few signing day surprises and one of the biggest this year for the Auburn Tigers is big offensive lineman Tunde Fariyike from Upson-Lee High School. At 6-2 1/2, 317, Fariyike is a physical lineman that plays both ways, but projects as an offensive lineman at Auburn.

"My time there was so different from my time at Duke," Fariyike said about his reasons for choosing the Tigers. "It felt like a giant family. It was one giant community."

A visitor to Duke two weeks ago, Fariyike made a trip to Auburn last weekend for an official visit to check out Gene Chizik's program up close and personal. Hosted by freshman defensive lineman Nosa Eguae, Fariyike said the two got along great and had a lot in common.

"Nosa was a great guy," Fariyike said. "It seems like everyone really loves it there and we got along great. From the time I got to know Nosa he's a really great guy. I feel like we got along well. We really related. Not just because he's Nigerian too, but just him as a person.

"In talking with players it seems like they enjoy being coached and working hard. Maybe they don't always have fun with it, but they enjoy working hard for their cause."

Being recruited for the Tigers by offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, Fariyike said the entire staff made him feel at home and he's excited about playing for them in his career at Auburn.

"I feel great around the coaching staff," Fariyike said. "They are a great staff. They make you feel right at home all the time talking to you and speaking with you. From what I've seen it really seems like they're there for you."

Choosing Auburn over Duke, East Carolina and several more schools, Fariyike has been somewhat of a late bloomer at the game of football after starting for just two seasons at Upson-Lee. He earned All-Region honors as a senior for Class 1-AAAA after being a second-team player following his junior season. He was also named All-Middle Georgia as a senior.

The son of a doctor, Fariyike said he plans to major in Pre-Medicine at Auburn.


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