It appears that a longtime Auburn commitment has recently parted ways with the Tigers.
Gordo, Ala., defensive back Izauea Lanier had been committed to Auburn, first signing with the Tigers out of high school. The redshirt freshman at East Mississippi had recommitted to the Tigers out of junior college but now appears to be reopening his recruitment.
"It happened a couple of weeks ago," Lanier told InsideTennessee.com Monday night. "I talked to the Auburn coaches and we both thought it was best that I reopen my recruitment."
It also appears it didn't take long for another SEC school to enter the picture.
"My coach told me that Tennessee offered me last week," Lanier said. "I just confirmed that by talking to one of their coaches. I will be taking an official visit to Knoxville on December 3."
While Lanier admits he doesn't know too much about Tennessee, he is anxious to learn more.
"I plan on watching their game with Ole Miss this weekend on television," Lanier said. "I can't wait to take my official visit up there, I'm glad I got that set up."
How much interest does Lanier have in Tennessee?
"I have a lot of interest in Tennessee," Lanier said. "I want to get back to the SEC. I know that Tennessee has a lot of tradition and has a great college atmosphere."
It appears that college atmosphere and getting to know his coaches are important to the Alabama native.
"It's all about what type of relationships I make with my coaches," Lanier said. "A great atmosphere is also important to me."
Lanier failed to qualify out of high school and had a great rookie season at East Mississippi Community College.
He posted 66 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, and nine pass break-ups as a freshman safety at East Mississippi. He redshirted this past fall and will have three years of eligibility at the next level.
There appears to be a question of whether he will be a midterm graduate or in the spring.
"I'm working hard to be a midterm guy," Lanier said. "It may be close."
Was Lanier surprised by the Tennessee offer?
"My coach told me that they did," Lanier said. "Then they confirmed it with me when I called them last night."
Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for the latest developments in regards to UT recruiting and this developing story.