Big Cat Invitee Does Things Right, Coach Says

A football recruiting report is featured on one of the state of Alabama's top prospects, Prattville High School's Justin Shanks.

Prattville, Ala.--Coach Jamey DuBose says that class of 2012 defensive tackle prospect Justin Shanks is worthy of the attention he is receiving from college coaches.

Rated a four-star prospect by and the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in the country, Shanks and his Prattville Lions finished spring training on Friday night with a jamboree scrimmage vs. Davidson High School of Mobile.

"You just look at Shanks and he has an intimidating body," says DuBose, whose Prattville High team is expected to make a strong run at the Class 6A state title this fall.

"He has got a lot offers," the coach notes. "He is a guy who is really doing the recruiting right. He is listening to everybody and he is taking looks at everything. He is not leading on to where he is leaning one way or another.

"I think he is looking for the best place where he can play and contribute and where he feels comfortable with his coaches," DuBose points out. "He is not going on his heart. He is not going on anything else. He is really looking at it."

The 6-4, 295-pound Shanks has been a contributor for the Lions going back to his 10th grade season.

"He is a very good kid," DuBose says. "He doesn't talk a lot, but he plays hard and does the right things. He is always there and I think he is going to be a very good prospect for a college team."

In the jamboree Shanks lined up against a large offensive line for Davidson that averaged 355 pounds. On almost every play the Warriors ran the football so Shanks didn't get a chance to work on his pass rush like he hoped.

"They were pretty big," Shanks says. "They had a player (Alphonse Taylor) who is committed to FSU. He told me to come on down there. It was nice to play against that team with a guy who is already committed. Hopefully, we will see Davidson again in the playoffs."

Justin Shanks is shown in his team's spring jamboree game vs. Davidson High School.

Shanks and the front-line players on both sides played in the first half and watched from the sidelines in the second half as the younger players took center stage.

"It wasn't like I wanted it to be, but considering it was a spring game playing against a different team we did pretty well," Shanks says. "We have a lot of corrections we have to make. I would say it was a decent night."

Asked if he believes he improved in the spring, Shanks says, "I did. They didn't throw the ball. The game gave me a chance to work on playing against double-teams so that was good."

Shanks says he is looking forward to his senior season and playing on a team loaded with more than a dozen college prospects. "With everybody coming back there is no doubt we should win state regardless of what happens," he says.

Shanks, whose most recent offer is from Clemson, says that he believes the team Auburn defeated in the BCS Championship Game, the Oregon Ducks, is close to offering him, too.

Auburn is certainly interested.

"Trooper Taylor is recruiting me and he is doing a heck of a job," Shanks says. "Auburn is recruiting me harder than anybody else. I saw from one of their scrimmages that they do need some defensive tackles."

The lineman is expected to make the short trip to Auburn for the Tigers' Big Cat Weekend, an event that attracts dozens of top recruits each year. "I will be there on Saturday and I am looking forward to it," he says.

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