Delaware Defensive Lineman Chooses Auburn

Auburn has picked up another verbal commitment for the 2011 football signee class.

Bear, Delaware--Angelo Blackson, a two-sport star at Red Lion Christian Academy, is Auburn's latest verbal commitment for the 2011 football signee class.

Blackson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he will play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

The 6-5, 294-pound defensive end notes the Tigers offered him a scholarship on his visit during the A-Day Game and it didn't take long for him to say yes.

"I committed to Auburn today," he says. "It is a great school. I want to be around good people, the best people, and that is what I found there at Auburn.

"They are going to help me succeed, push me to succeed, both athletically and academically and that is what I am looking for," Blackson adds.

"I saw all of that at Auburn and there is no doubt that is where I want to go to college," he says.

As a junior, he made 56 tackles with 11 stops for lost yardage. He totaled seven quarterback sacks. In basketball he averaged 20.2 points per game as a center and power forward, but notes that he wants to play football in college.

He chose Auburn over offers from a variety of colleges including Maryland, Missouri and North Carolina State.

Blackson stayed several days on his unofficial visit to Auburn in April to get a feel for the university and the football program. He made the trip with a group of coaches and his sister. "The Auburn campus is great," he says. "It is totally awesome. I got a chance to see everything. Auburn is just a great school. I just couldn't ask for anything more."

Red Lion Christian Academy associate head football coach Dwayne Thomas says that Auburn is getting a talented prospect. "Angelo is a guy who runs exceptionally well for a guy his size. Colleges have just started finding out about him and they really like what they see.

"I think he is the type of athlete who could be successful in the SEC because he is very physical and is such a good athlete," the coach adds. "Off the field his sister has done a great job raising him and he is serious about doing well academically and improving his situation in life."

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