Dismukes A Leader On And Off The Field

Spanish Fort coach Bryan Vincent talks about Reese Dismukes and what he brings to the table for Auburn.

Spanish Fort, Ala.--Bryan Vincent has seen it all before. The head coach at Spanish Fort now, he was formally at Greenville High School as the head coach and at Spain Park as offensive coordinator. During those years he's seen Division I prospects come and go and coached both Neil Caudle and Ryan Pugh in high school. As someone who knows of what he speaks, Vincent said Auburn should be very excited to get a player the caliber of Dismukes.

"I've had 24 or 25 guys sign Division I the last eight years," Vincent said. "It has been an experience. Reese is a highly-ranked recruit and well sought after. It has been intense. Any time you get in the State of Alabama and have both Auburn and Alabama recruiting the same guy it can get that way. It's just the way it is in this state. A kid like Reese that grows up wanting to play for one of those two, I think it's a dream come true.

"Reese possesses a lot of great characteristics," he added. "He's a tremendous leader. He has a tremendous work ethic. He has unbelievable body control. He's very tough. He's a relentless football player. He just possesses a lot of great characteristics to have the opportunity to be a very special player. He was a team captain as a junior and cares about building the team. He's an unselfish player."

Being named a team captain as a junior is strange enough, but for that player to be an offensive lineman makes it even more special. Vincent said that just shows you what kind of player and person Auburn is getting in Dismukes.

"Anytime you see a junior as a team captain it should really speak volumes about that player and the respect he commands from his teammates," Vincent said. "He's just such a tough, hard-nosed, intelligent, relentless football player who has tremendous body control and athletic ability. He takes pride in everything he does.

"Probably the thing I'm most happy about is that I've got another year with him," he added. "Last year most people thought he was a senior, but he was a junior. Anytime you have great leadership from your best players then you have the opportunity to have a good football team."

Vincent will have Dismukes one more season to lead the Toros in 2010 before he enrolls early along with fellow offensive linemen Spencer Region and Thomas O'Reilly to begin working towards 2011 Auburn football. Although he's almost a full year away from being at Auburn, Dismukes said the family atmosphere present is something he already feels a part of and he can't wait to experience it when he gets to campus.

"Everytime you walk in the building everyone knows you and you can talk to any of them just like they were your best friend," Dismukes said. "It's kind of nice to have that because when you're not doing football you want someone to talk to in case you have problems or anything. All of them are father figures."


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