Defensive Tackle Enjoys Auburn Visit

Defensive tackle Darren Lakes talks about his trip to Auburn on Saturday.

York, Ala.--Big and athletic defensive tackles are always in demand and a player that could be one to watch as the 2011 high school football season unfolds is Darren Lake from Sumter County High. At 6-4, 320 with a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.9 seconds, Lake has all the tools to be successful on the next level.

On Saturday he took the opportunity to check out coach Gene Chizik's program as he visited Auburn for the spring scrimmage and to meet with the coaching staff. He said after seeing things in person he really likes what he sees from the Tigers.

"I like the campus real good," Lake said. "It's a great place to be because of family and everything. They treat you nice. I just liked it. It's a great place to be.

"I like it, the facilities. The work ethic those boys be doing. They've got coaches to push you and that's what I like."

Still waiting on his first offer, Lake said the Auburn coaches want him to attend a summer camp so they can see him move and see how hard he works. He noted at the moment the Tigers have some things they do like in him as a player and student.

"They like my body, the position I play, my height, my weight, my 40-yard dash and my ACT score," Lake said. "I scored a 25 on the ACT."

Watching the Tigers in action on Saturday, Lake got the opportunity to see Auburn's need for defensive tackles as well as see his old high school teammate Justin Delaine in action. Playing at Sumter County before transferring to Linden as a senior, Delaine redshirted last year and has put on some size heading into his second year.

"We went to school together before he left," Lake said. "I was in the ninth grade when I met Justin. I talked to him during the scrimmage when he was on the sideline. He said they're family up here at Auburn. They're together, like one. They push you."

Hearing from Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, and Georgia in addition to Auburn, Lake said he doesn't have any favorites as he prepares for spring practice in May.

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