Brandon Fulse picks Auburn

Brandon Fulse, the No. 5-ranked tight end in the country, is the latest addition to Auburn's 2011 recruiting class.

"When I first got up there it felt like home," said the four-star Under Armour All-American. "I clicked with the coaches and players from the start. I come from a small town. Auburn is a small town. To me, it just really felt like home and very comfortable to me. They did a great job of recruiting me from the start. I just love the Auburn Tigers."

Something else that was big with the tight end from Fort Meade High School in Florida was the Tigers' offense and the need for a tight end. While he concedes that Tennessee, Miami and North Carolina -- his other finalists -- also needed tight ends, he thought the Auburn offense was the best fit for him.

"You know I love Gus Malzahn and his offense," Fulse said. "I have met Philip [Lutzenkirchen] and he's a great guy and a great player. I think we will complement each other well. I can run for a big man and I can move very well. That's what Malzahn likes. I can stretch the field and make some plays."

While he did commit to Auburn over the Vols, Tar Heels and Hurricanes, one team was tougher than the others to turn away.

"Tennessee made it tough," Fulse admitted. "I loved the visit and I really like coach [Derek] Dooley. That's a great program with history and history at the tight end position. I did feel comfortable there but not like my new home."

Auburn has been roaring of late, getting commitments from some big-time players like running back Tre Mason (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) and defensive end Devaunte Sigler (Mobile, Ala./Rain).

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at jamienewbergbw@yahoo.com.