Auburn Impresses Juco Standout Autry

After winning the national championship with a pair of junior college transfers last season, Auburn made a strong impression on two of the top JUCOs in country during Big Cat Weekend.

Scooba, Miss.--Auburn's national title run in 2010 consisted of a pair of junior college transfers, Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, leading the charge. Trying to use the same formula for success again the Auburn coaching staff brought in a pair of big-time junior college players for Big Cat Weekend, Cordarrelle Patterson and Denico Autry, and both left with the Tigers near the top of their leaderboard.

Autry is a 6-6, 250-pound defensive end who had 60 tackles and 11 for a loss in seven games playing at East Mississippi Community College last season.

"It's Auburn and Miami," he said of his leaders. "I really haven't looked into Miami much, but I know I have an offer from them. And Auburn, I love where it's at and I love the city. I look forward to learning more about it.

"The way they treat you and the love they show you," Autry added about Auburn. "That's one thing that I'm looking for.

"I got to hang out with some of the players during Big Cat Weekend. My favorite part was one of the contests, the pie-eating contest. I got DQ'ed," he said with a laugh.

Autry is from Albemarle High School in North Carolina. Following his freshman year he has offers from coast to coast—Oregon to Miami. "The whole SEC except Vanderbilt," he said of his offer list. "Then Texas, Miami, North Carolina and several other schools."

Autry is expected to be a January enrollee with three years to play two. He said he will likely make his decision close to December 15, which is the first day junior college players can sign.

He met one-on-one with new defensive line coach Mike Pelton and spent time talking with the other defensive coaches.

"They just said that they want to get me up me up here," Autry noted. "(Coach Pelton said) what he's going to be able to do when he gets his hands on me and getting me up to Auburn."

Asked to rate his visit, Autry remarked, "I would say a 9...10. A 10."

Click here for Cordarrelle Patterson's Big Cat story.

Click here for Scott Kennedy's take on Autry as well as film of Autry versus Pearl River from the 2010 season.

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