When it comes to defensive line prospects in the Class of 2013 not many are better than Davion Liner (Muscle Shoals, Ala.).
Everyone calls him Dee and let’s just say the name fits.
“It’s really only a coincidence,” said Liner with a laugh. “My mom nicknamed me Dee before I was 5 years old. Looking at it now I guess it’s pretty appropriate.”
Yeah, you can say that. Liner, 6-foot-3 and 273-pounds, is a wanted commodity, especially being a top-end defensive tackle prospect. But to Muscle Shoals head coach Scott Basden, he’s so much more.
“Dee has a lot of God-given talent and ability,” Basden said. “He has such quick hands and is so quick off the ball. Dee’s real strong and plays with good leverage. He’s big and very athletic and the type of kid that could play multiple positions.”
Basden pretty much knew from the first time he laid eyes on Liner that he had something special.
“He had great size in the 9th grade,” Basden said. “I knew he had a chance because he has always been a talent.”
For Liner, it took a little bit longer.
“Towards the end of my freshman season I went to a local football camp at Leeds High school,” Liner said. “I was roughly 6-foot-2 and 240-pounds or so. I was named the MVP. It hit me then that I had a chance to be real good.”
Liner ended his recruiting speculation very early in the game. In fact, he committed to Auburn before the process barely started.
“I have been a fan my whole life,” Liner said. “And I just love those coaches. I feel this connection with coach [Gene] Chizik. When I go there I really feel like I am truly at home. I committed their last spring and been committed to Auburn for a year.”
Auburn’s rivals have already begun to try and flip him. According to Liner he has scholarship offers from programs like Alabama, USC, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Kentucky.
“Those are the ones I remember,” Liner said. “Everyone knows I am going to Auburn. I don’t plan on really visiting anyone. I just want to enjoy this and coast through my last high school year and have fun.”
So with his decision made it will be business as usual for Liner, who has the name that fits the bill.
“It’s a very appropriate name,” Basden said. “It’s like he was destined to be a defensive lineman.”