Defensive end Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High School has de-committed from Auburn.
“I’m going to make my decision on signing day,” Liner told AuburnSports.com. “I had to do what’s best for me and I appreciate what Auburn is and has done for me. I appreciate them, I just have to do what’s best for me. I appreciate all the Auburn fans.”
Liner said he will no longer consider Auburn but is taking a look at the Tigers’ top rival.
“Alabama is one of my favorites,” he said, “but my de-committing from Auburn has nothing to do with Alabama. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the (Auburn) coaching staff. I’ve been holding it in, I just had to get it off my shoulders.”
The loss of Liner is a significant one for Auburn, which holds 14 commitments for the class of 2013. Liner is ranked the nation’s No. 22 overall prospect by Rivals.
Liner’s decision could cause a familiar feeling for Auburn fans, who saw running back T.J. Yeldon switch his commitment from Auburn to Alabama just before he enrolled in school last spring. Yeldon rushed for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping Alabama win the BCS championship this past season.