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Big-time junior d-tackle emerging

Tyler Nero may not be a household name to recruiting fans but that’s about to change if you ask his coach or anyone that’s played against the junior defensive tackle from Escambia County in Atmore, Ala.

“He’s just dominant at this level,” Escambia coach Mark Heaton said. “He can dominate an entire line of scrimmage just about by himself at times.

“He’s a man amongst boys on most Friday nights.”

Heaton said Nero’s combination of size and athleticism is a tough matchup for any opposing offensive lineman.

“He’s about 6-2 and a half and probably about 275 right now,” he said. “He’s a very explosive defensive lineman. He’s probably consistently around a mid-4.6 in the 40 and a very strong kid.”

Nero was in Auburn this past Saturday for the game against South Carolina. It wasn’t a new experience for him. He attended nearly every home game last season.

“I liked the visit. I enjoyed the game. The atmosphere was pretty wild,” Nero said.

Nero is already receiving attention from a number of schools and has an early top four with the Tigers at the top.

“Auburn is my No. 1 choice, then Alabama, LSU and Florida,” he said. “I like Auburn’s program and how they coach the defensive line and all the techniques they use. That’s what I was watching mostly during the game, just how their defensive line works.”

Nero met with several Auburn coaches before the game including Tracy Rocker.

“The last time Coach Rocker saw me is when I went to the Arkansas Razorback football camp when he was coaching at Arkansas,” Nero said. “He was impressed to see me. He said I had grown a lot.”

Nero’s father, Norman Nero, was a linebacker at Arkansas in the mid-90’s. The elder Nero has already given Rocker the seal of approval.

“My dad told me if I choose to go to Auburn than that’s the guy I need to be with because he can help me move on as far as my life and my football career,” Nero said.

Nero plans to attend the Alabama-Florida game in Tuscaloosa this Saturday.

“This will be my first game going over there,” he said.

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