Defensive Lineman Looking At Four

This talented defensive lineman from Mobile talks about his visit to Auburn on Monday and his top four at the moment.

Mobile, Ala.--One of the top defensive linemen in Alabama took an official visit to Auburn on Monday and said the Tigers are one of his top schools after getting a chance to see them for the second time this spring. Athletic 6-2, 265-pounder Jabrian Niles from Davidson said that he enjoyed seeing Auburn once again and there is a lot to like about the Tigers.

"I think it went great today," Niles said. "I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot of different stuff this time. I had more fun.

"It's decent, but I like it I really do," he said of Auburn. "I don't know where they stand yet because I haven't started narrowing it down yet from best to worst."

While he hasn't narrowed things down to one or two schools, he does have a top list at the moment that includes four schools. One of those just recently joined his group after making an offer to come to the West Coast.

"I'm looking at USC, Alabama, Florida State and Auburn," Niles said. "I got my offer from USC about two or three weeks ago. I was honored to be offered by a team of such high caliber."

Niles said he plans to take his official visits and may decide to wait until close to or even on signing day before making a decision. When he does make his choice he said one of the things he'll look for is on the academic side of the equation.

"I'm looking for a school that will help me graduate in case I don't make it to the NFL," Niles said. "That's all I want."

Spending time in Auburn on Monday talking with the coaches and seeing the campus for the second time in less than a month, Niles said the highlight for him was getting to spend some time with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

"We talked about a lot of stuff like what it takes and what I want to be when I get there," Niles said. "We talked about what major I want to be in. He said I liked the way I carry myself."

Davidson will start spring football practice on April 30. With a ton of potential after playing defensive line for just two seasons, Niles said he's focusing on one key aspect of his play this spring.

"I want to get better at my come-off," Niles said. "My come off the ball is a little slower than the quick defensive end we have. I want to catch up with him."

As a junior in 2009, Niles made 72 tackles and added eight sacks.

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