Elijah Daniel flips to Auburn

Elijah Daniel committed to Ole Miss only two weeks ago, but that was before Auburn came in to the picture. The 2013 defensive end has flipped his pledge from the Rebels to the Tigers after an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Just one day after Elijah Daniel committed to Ole Miss, new Auburn defensive line Coach Rodney Garner gave him a call and began recruiting him to the Tigers. Daniel has known Garner for years as he recruited his older brother to Georgia during his time there. Daniel then set up a visit to Auburn for the last visit weekend before Signing Day and ha now decided it's the place for him.

"Ole Miss, I really like them and respect them, I just felt Auburn was the better fit because of how long I've known Coach G, my position coach, and how much he knows about my family and how he stayed in contact with my family. I feel like family is the most important thing in the world, and to find a coach that really knows your family is a big thing," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end says his relationship with Garner was one of his biggest deciding factors.

"It's a big factor because he knows my background and what I've been through, that I've lived a rough life and all of that. He knows everything about my family so that's a real big thing," he said.

"Auburn is a school with a lot of rich tradition. I love Coach G, Coach Garner, and I love what they're doing there."

Auburn may have come into the picture quite late in the game with the Avon (Avon, IN) standout, but Daniel has plenty of family in Alabama and when he was younger he dreamed of playing for the Tigers.

"I kind of grew up liking Auburn, I grew up in Alabama, my god parents were big Auburn fans and they had really influenced me," Daniel said.

"Every since they had Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown (I wanted to play there)."

Daniel is excited to bring his skills to Auburn and he knows he can make a difference in the future.

"(They're getting) a hard working, fast player," he said.

"They're going to use me in the 4-3 scheme, I'll just pin my ears back and go get the quarterback, like Jadeveon Clowney did his freshman year."

Daniel committed to Clemson last summer and Ole Miss two weeks ago, but says this time is different. The four-star defensive end feels like he's found the perfect fit for him both on and off the field, and he gets to be near a lot of his family too.

"I just had to make sure it was the right decision for myself, even though I had to take it almost to the last minute, even though that meant decommitting from two schools. At the end of the day, this is what's best for me."


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