5-star defensive lineman Dee Liner is going to be a great player at the college level, and it's the Auburn Tigers who have his verbal commitment.
247Sports.com has Liner checking in at a very solid 6'2.5'', 277 pounds, but what's most impressive is the 4.86 40-yard dash they have him running. He's a big player coming out of high school, but he's got great quickness for his size.
He has all the intangibles you're looking for in a future SEC defensive lineman.
Here's my scouting report on Liner, as well as a few predictions for his college career.
Liner is an extremely aggressive lineman who can be effective on the interior or even on the edges. He's going to be best suited as an interior lineman at the college level if he puts on a little bit more weight, but he's quick and agile enough to play 5-technique if need be.
He's big and strong enough to take on double-teams and keep gap integrity, but he's also fast enough to shoot the gap and pursue the ball-carrier in the backfield. He uses his hands well to engage the block and get off it, and he displays a high-level bull rush that helps him push back the line of scrimmage.
In the pictures below, you can get a good look as to what Liner will be bringing to the table for Auburn. In this play, he appears to be lined up at the 1-technique (gap between center and guard). The offense looks to be running a form of a counter-trey, which means the play-side guard will be pulling to the left to hit the end, and the backside guard will also pull to block the left edge.
The center would then be responsible for stepping down and trying to get in between Liner and the running lane—which is a very hard block to begin with. The play-side tackle and tight end are responsible for blocking down in this situation.
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Liner is going to be the kind of defensive lineman who can take over games for Auburn's defense. With Lawson on the line with him and Foster at linebacker, offensive linemen won't be able to key in on just one player, and if Liner gets a one-on-one matchup with a lineman, he can definitely exploit it.
This is a kid who's going to put up a ton of numbers at Auburn, and he'll constantly be in the opponent's backfield.
Dee Liner is going to be one of the bigger names in college football once he settles in with the Auburn Tigers.
Lead image courtesy of alabamaintel.com.