Two SEC West programs are battling it out to land three-star defensive tackle Timaje Porter, and they should know the winner by next week.
“Right now I have narrowed it down to my top two of Auburn and LSU,” Porter told GN. “I have set my commitment date for March 24.”
Porter (6 feet 3, 320 pounds), from Theodore (Ala.) High, is among the top 20 defensive tackle recruits nationally and a top-15 prospect in Alabama.
“I want to be able to focus on my high school team for my senior year, so the recruiting process won’t be a distraction and so I can have it all out of the way,” Porter said regarding why he will commit in March.
Auburn’s defensive line coach and linebacker coach helped put the Tigers in Porter’s final two.
“With Auburn, I like Coach (Rodney) Garner and Coach (Travis) Williams,” Porter said. “I went to their practice a few weeks ago and just liked how energetic they are and how hands-on they are with their guys.”
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What about LSU?
“The head coach at LSU (Ed Orgeron), he is also position-specific with the defensive linemen,” Porter said. “So that would be a plus for me having the head guy working with me. I also know that coach Pete Jenkins is a legendary defensive line coach. So working with him would be an honor on my behalf.”
Porter is not lacking in confidence when talking about his game.
“I would say I’m the most sound run-stopper in the South as a defensive tackle,” Porter said. “The thing I lack right now is pass-rushing ability, usually because I’m triple-teamed, but I can’t use that as an excuse. I still have to be able to stay low and apply some type of pressure to the quarterback.
“I’ve been working on staying low and trying to get quicker off the ball here in the spring and during winter workouts. But mainly I believe I’m the best run-stopper there is to offer in 2018.”
Regardless of his choice on March 24, does he plan to stand by that commitment for the next 10 months?
“Me being who I am and where I come from, I’ll likely take all five of my official visits just to have that experience,” Porter said. “But a commitment to me is a commitment for life. I’m pretty sure whoever I commit to I’ll stay with them, all the way to National Signing Day.”
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