4-Star Offensive Tackle Likes Visit to Auburn

D.J. Humphries made the trip from Charlotte, N.C., to check out the Auburn football program.

Charlotte, N.C.--Scout.com four-star offensive tackle D.J. Humphries is considered one of the top football prospects in the South and after spending much of the day in Auburn he said that he is seriously considering the 2010 SEC and national champions.

"I am looking for a place that I will feel comfortable, a place that I will feel at home," he said on Saturday night after watching the Tigers have their first spring scrimmage and then touring the campus and spending time with AU head coach Gene Chizik and his staff.

"I am looking for a place that is like where I am from, a football town," Humphries said. "I am also looking for a place with coaching stability. I would like the same coach to coach me all four of my years in college."

Humphries said following his visit to Auburn the Tigers have moved up on his list of choices.

"I probably have Florida up top and South Carolina and Tennessee will fall somewhere behind that and Auburn probably comes in somewhere after that," he said when asked about the colleges he is most interested in right now. "Coming out and meeting with all of the coaches, they definitely moved up," the 6-6, 270-pounder said of Auburn.

"It was a great visit," he said. "I got to meet with all of the coaches for a nice bit of time. I learned lot that there isn't a lot of difference for an offensive lineman between the spread and pro. I like how the coaching staff feels like a family and how close-knit they are with everybody and the players."

A former defensive lineman who converted to left offensive tackle, he said one of the reasons he is interested in the Tigers is that Auburn is looking for help at that position in the 2012 signee class. Scheduled to graduate early in December, he will be able to go through spring training at the college of his choice and get a head start on his freshman season to reach his goal of starting four seasons as a college player.

Commenting on what he believes has made him such a heavily recruited prospect, Humphries said, "I think my want-to to get better is my best attribute as a football player. Hard work has gotten me to where I am today going from a player who was playing on the JV?team his freshman year and then as a sophomore going from zero to 14 scholarship offers in one week.

"I attribute that all to hard work," he added. "I think my will to work hard, along with my aggressiveness and how athletic I am, has really made me as a football player."

Humphries said that his aggressive nature on the football field is partly because he formerly played defense. At first he was reluctant to make the switch to offense, but after learning how in demand tall, athletic offensive left tackles are, that changed his mind. After giving offense a try at Mallard Creek High School, he found out he liked it.

"When I first started out playing high school football I was a defensive end and I didn't want to hear anything about playing offensive line," he said. "I was completely resenting it and then I did my research and I started liking it. Hitting people felt kind of like defense. I could smack people around, control the ball and fell in love with it."

He liked it so much that he dropped basketball after his sophomore season so he could concentrate on football, the sport he plans to play in college.

D.J. Humphries

Scheduled to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio in January, he said that he may wait until that game to announce his college destination.

Humphries said he enjoyed watching Auburn's offensive line coach Jeff Grimes coaching at the scrimmage and then spent about an hour talking with Grimes on Saturday afternoon. "He coaches his players how he would coach his kids," the big lineman said, noting that he likes the way that Grimes treats his players with respect.

Commenting on Auburn's head coach, he said, "Coach Chizik is a straight-up guy. What you see is what you get with him. He is very family oriented. He has strong faith. I like him a lot."

Humphries drove from Charlotte on Friday and spent the night with his grandmother there before heading to Auburn on Saturday. Next week he plans to head to Columbia, S.C., to check out the South Carolina Gamecocks and after that he will visit Alabama. He said after his visit to Auburn he will likely be back on the campus sometime this summer to get better acquainted with the AU program.

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