Montgomery, Ala.—This is going to be a big week for Gus Malzahn
and the Auburn
Tigers on the recruiting front as a large group of commitments will be playing together in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Saturday at Cramton Bowl. One of those is five-star defensive lineman Dee Liner
from Muscle Shoals.
A commitment since before his junior season, Liner is a physical player that has the ability to play early on the next level. This week that will be on display as Liner will take the field on defense along with fellow commitment Kamryn Melton and longtime Auburn commitment Reuben Foster. On the other side of the ball quarterback Jeremy Johnson will throw to receivers Jason Smith and Earnest Robinson as Auburn's future will be on display for all to see.
"It's exciting being here because getting selected to play in the all-star game is great," Liner said. "It's fun because you get to get out of the house and get to play with so many commits and guys you barely get to see."
Choosing to remain quiet on his recruiting and his thoughts on the hiring of Gus Malzahn, Liner said he's just focused on playing the game this week and having fun with his friends.
"It's going to be real fun," Liner said. "I'll just get to compete with them and have fun out there."
Both Alabama and Mississippi will practice twice each day Tuesday-Thursday with one practice on Friday. The game is set for noon on Saturday at Cramton Bowl.
Smith Excited About His Role
A quarterback commitment for Auburn, Jason Smith will be playing wide receiver this week for the Alabama All-Stars. It's a role he said he's excited about and also prepared for after playing that position as a sophomore at McGill-Toolen. He also played some receiver during 7-on-7 camps over the summer for the Yellow Jackets.
Another receiver hoping to show out this week is Jackson's Jarren Johnson. An impressive player for the Aggies in winning the 2011 state title, he said he's hearing from Southern Miss mostly and has an offer from the Golden Eagles.
This week starts a whirlwind for Jeremy Johnson that will see him in three different sporting events in three different states in the next three weeks. After playing in Saturday's game, Johnson and his Carver basketball teammates will travel to Hawaii on Monday for a tournament. He'll finish up the month by traveling to San Antonio to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5.
Dee Liner talks about the Alabama-Mississippi game and we also feature notes on a pair of Auburn commitments.