Bama's Loss Is Auburn's Gain

Reese Dismukes tells Inside the Auburn Tigers why he made the decision to pick Auburn over Alabama.

Spanish Fort, Ala.--Coach Gene Chizik's newest football commitment for the 2011 signee class, Reese Dismukes, tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is "100 percent committed to Auburn."

However, it wasn't very long ago that he was getting ready to announce that he was headed to a different college destination.

On Wednesday at Spanish Fort High School Dismukes announced that he will sign with the Tigers. Back in January he was close to announcing that he was going to play at Alabama where his brother was a football player, but after being counseled by his parents to not rush his decision things changed.

Rated the number three center prospect in the nation by Scout.com, Dismukes says it turned out to be a "great" idea to wait.

"If I would have made decision back in January, it would have been different," he says. "I?am glad I just kept praying and going on trips and stuff like that and continue visits to make sure it is right. As of right now, it is great."

How close did he come to announcing he would play for the Crimson Tide? "I was probably about a week away from it," he says. "I just realized it wasn't for me."

Now that he is on board with the Tigers, Dismukes says that he plans to work to convince other top prospects to join him. "One of my goals is to help Auburn have the number one recruiting class in the country," he says. "I know a few of the other athletes they are recruiting. I will call them. It is easier to talk to me than the coaches because I know how they feel and I can help with stuff like that."

Two of Auburn's early commitments helped convince Dismukes to join him at Auburn--guards Spencer Region and Thomas O'Reilly. He says already being friends with those guys is a major plus concerning his decision to attend Auburn.

"That is big because we already have a relationship," Dismukes says. "It is not like we are going in not knowing who we are going to be with. I already know how they play and how they work because we have been to camps together. You already know what you are looking forward to."

Another positive about attending Auburn is the chance to play for offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. "He is a great guy,"?Dismukes says. "He is looking for five hard-nosed people who want to play that are going to get after it and come to work every day. That is how my coach is now so it will be like going from one to the other."


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