Tide Commitment Checks Out the Tigers

LaMichael Fanning discusses his recruiting, Auburn and Alabama in this report.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive end LaMichael Fanning committed to Alabama in April, but the big rising senior at Auburn High doesn't appear to be completely finished with recruiting.

On Thursday he spent much of the morning on the Auburn University campus talking to Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and other members of the AU football coaching staff.

"I hung out with the coaches today and everything is good," says Fanning, who notes that he is still committed to Alabama but he is listening to the Auburn coaches.

"They talked about how I would fit in if I was at Auburn," the prospect says.

"The coaches told me I would have a good chance to play so that is the only thing going through my head," Fanning says. "Everything is going good."

Fanning, who notes that he currently checks in at 6-7, 275 pounds, says, "It seems like I made the right choice to come over today. We talked about the defense, the defensive linemen and playing time.

"They said they need depth and they really want me to play and that I could get a lot of playing time. They said their depth right now is not too much."

Commenting on Alabama, Fanning makes it clear that he is still committed to the Tide. "Alabama was in it from the beginning going back to when I was at Callaway." Fanning transferred from Callaway High in Georgia to Auburn prior to his junior season at Auburn High, which was undefeated in 2009 until losing to Prattville in the Class 6A state playoffs semi-finals.

He says because the Tide got in on him early that coaching staff is like a "first friend." He adds, "They have been with us from the beginning. They feel like family. The (Alabama) coaches that are recruiting me I feel so close to them and I see myself playing for them."

The next football he plays will be for Coach Tim Carter's AHS Tigers. Fanning will team up with defensive tackle Jamichael Payne to give AHS a strong front.

The defensive end says for him the focus is on trying to help the Tigers take the next step and win the state title this year. "It is going to be a team thing," he says when discussing his goals for this fall. "We just have to work hard. We should go to the playoffs again. We are going to try to our best to make it to the championship."

He says coming so close to reaching the championship game last year is incentive for the 2010 team. The lineman adds that he likes playing for the head man at AHS. "Coach Carter is a real exciting coach," Fanning says. "We have a lot of fun and that is what it is all about."

In past summers Fanning has played AAU basketball, but he is concentrating on football for his senior season. "We have workouts in the morning and we go hard every day in the workout. That is about it. That is all I am doing. I am not playing basketball this year."

Fanning says he feels like he is getting in better shape and getting faster. He had a solid performance in Auburn's High's spring jamboree game vs. Stanhope-Elmore. "I feel like I played well," he notes. "I feel like I am getting better and I can be better."

Fanning has already camped at Alabama this summer and says he may hit an Auburn camp in July. "I haven't really thought about it yet," he says, but he adds that Auburn has interested him enough to continue looking at the Tigers.

"My relationship with Coach Rocker is getting better and better and he is the type of guy is not going to fool you," Fanning says. "He is going to be real with you."


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