Jabrian Niles Selects Chizik's Tigers

Defensive lineman Jabrian Niles from Davidson High in Mobile says he plans to become an Auburn Tiger.

Mobile, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers continued their strong recruiting year on Tuesday when Davidson defensive lineman Jabrian Niles selected Gene Chizik's club over Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and several others.

"I am committed to Auburn," Niles tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I like the Auburn coaches, the way the coach and how they run things."

A physical defensive lineman at 6-2, 262, Niles has the ability to play either end or tackle on the next level. He plays end in high school.

Rated a three-star prospect and the number 30 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, as a junior he made 72 tackles and eight sacks for the Lions. A playmaker, Niles is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his position coach Tracy Rocker. An All-American at Auburn and the winner of both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, Rocker is heading into his second year as Auburn's defensive line coach.

Jabrian Niles was impressive at Auburn's camp on Sunday.

This past weekend Niles had the opportunity to work with Rocker on the field as he took part in Auburn's Senior Camp. After getting to know the coach on his visits and from talking with him, Niles says it was important to see and get a feel for how he did things on the field.

"It was great," Niles says of the camp. "Coach Rocker is one of the best defensive line coaches ever. He's pretty smart at what he's doing.

"Going to the camp was very big for me because I needed to see how Coach Rocker coached in order to make my decision," Niles notes. "He is a great man and is like a second father I can talk to. I can talk to him about anything. He really helped me make my decision."

Niles becomes Auburn's eighth commitment for the 2011 class joining fellow defensive lineman Angelo Blackson, linebacker Chris Landrum, defensive backs Anthony Swain and Izauea Lanier, quarterback Kiehl Frazier, center Reese Dismukes and guard Thomas O'Reilly.

Commenting on Auburn, Niles says that he is at ease when he visits the campus. "I have a great feeling about the way they do things. I like the coaching staff and I love being up there."

Niles says he has been seriously interested in the Tigers since taking a visit early this year, but notes that the Sunday visit was what pushed the Tigers over the top. "It kind of came on me during the day at the camp that I wanted to commit to Auburn," he says.

The defensive lineman says it is a relief to make a decision and adds that he is done with recruiting. "I am sticking with Auburn," he says. "I have been an Auburn fan ever since I was a young boy when I first started talking about football and playing."

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