A rocky offseason for Auburn commitment Dee Liner continued Friday when the five-star defensive tackle was suspended indefinitely, following a reported he had walked out of a Thursday practice.
Florence (Ala.) TimesDaily reporter Bryan App tweeted Thursday that Liner had left his Muscle Shoals High School practice and that his status with the team was "unclear."
Muscle Shoals coach Scott Basden then told App Friday that Liner had been suspended, reiterating his Thursday comment that he is "more concerned with helping Dee Liner as a person than a football player."
Basden declined to make specific the reasons for Liner's suspension. Liner had already made headlines in July when he was arrested twice in a span of 10 days for separate incidents and charged with three misdemeanor offenses, including a disorderly conduct charge for "screaming, cursing, and throwing objects" at a police officer who had pulled over his mother.
Liner is a consensus five-star recruit and considered by many -- including MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming -- to be the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation. He ranks as the No. 19 overall prospect in the class of 2013 in the MaxPreps top 100.
But if Liner is to live up that billing at Auburn, he may have to stop making so much news away from the football field--a process that might start by getting back into Basden's good graces.