Juco Defensive End Talks Tigers

East Mississippi defensive end Za'Darius Smith talks about visiting Auburn for junior day.

Scooba, Miss.—One of the positions Auburn is looking for immediate help at is defensive end and one of the players that visited for Junior Day last Saturday said the Tigers are high on his list. Junior college standout Za'Darius Smith from East Mississippi is a physical player originally from Greenville that has a pair of early offers and more likely on the way heading into his sophomore year.

One of those could be from Auburn. After visiting with the Tigers and talking with the coaching staff, Smith said he's in line to get an offer from Auburn if he stays on track.

"It went well as I expect," Smith said of his visit. "It was a good trip. I want to return back if I can and I get a scholarship. I'll be back as soon as possible. Pretty much they are just waiting on me to start spring football so they can see where I'm at. I have to get out in December. If I get out in December I'm good to go."

Playing just one season of football at Greenville High before giving junior college football a shot, Smith is the definition of a raw football player. With his size (6-6, 250) and quickness however he has all the tools to be a success on the next level. Currently with an offer from Mississippi State with Miami and Texas A&M showing interest as well , he said he wanted to see more of Auburn to get a feel for what the Tigers have to offer.

"I saw basically all the good stuff," Smith said. "They showed me around and showed me the campus. I saw how I would stay on campus and have my own apartment with roommates. My friend Kenneth Carter is a good guy. I'm just waiting on an offer."

Having a close friend on campus at Auburn is something that could wind up being a huge plus for the Tigers if they offer. Smith said Carter is someone he trusts when he talks with him about his time on the Plains.

"It's a good thing because he can show me around and get a good feeling for Auburn," Smith said. "He tells me about it all the time. Now I've been there and experienced it and I enjoyed it."


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