Northwestern transfer defensive end Eku Leota commits to Auburn football
Auburn football has added a reinforcement to a pass-rushing unit that could use it.
Defensive end Eku Leota, a transfer from Northwestern, announced his commitment to the Tigers on social media Saturday. He's the first of the coach Bryan Harsin era.
Leota is a former three-star recruit from Asheville, North Carolina. He was a redshirt sophomore for the Wildcats last season but said in his announcement that he was leaving Northwestern and was transferring as a graduate, which would make him immediately eligible on the Plains.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Leota totaled 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in two seasons with the Wildcats.
He joins an Auburn defense that ranked fifth in the SEC with 26 sacks last season but struggled to consistently generate pressure against the conference's best teams. Leota could be an instant-impact addition for coordinator Derek Mason and line coach Nick Eason, especially after the Tigers lost Big Kat Bryant to transfer earlier this offseason.