Young Running Back A Fan Of the Tigers

A class of 2014 running back talks about his trip to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend and his interest in the Tigers.

Muscle Shoals, Ala.--After an impressive start as a high school football player, young Deven Sullen has attracted the attention of the Auburn University coaching staff.

The class of 2014 prospect received an invitation to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend and came away impressed. "It was good," he said. "I really enjoyed it."

Sullen, who will be a junior at Muscle Shoals High School this fall, said that he rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a freshman at Deshler High and close to 1,000 as a sophomore at Muscle Shoals High, where he played with Auburn verbal commitment Dee Liner.

Commenting on his trip to Auburn for the Big Cat event, Sullen said, "I liked the campus. I liked how they talk about the team."

He noted that being invited to the Big Cat Weekend is something he considers a major compliment. "It is real big," he said.

"I talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik and the offensive coordinator (Scot Loeffler)," he said. "They just told me that I will be a junior this year and that is the best time to shine. They told me they have an eye on me and will have for a while."

Sullen noted that he is familiar with the program and visited campus "four or five times" last fall to watch the Tigers play. "I have always been an Auburn fan my whole life," he said. "My mom really liked it. My first game she ever took to me to was Auburn. I started falling in love with it after that."

A three-sport athlete in high school, Sullen said that he is currently 6-2, 200 pounds and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. This past season he wrestled in the 195-pound weight class and also played centerfield and shortstop in baseball.

Sullen noted that Auburn is the only college recruiting him at this time. "They said they like me," he pointed out.

Commenting on his running style, the back said, "I am a downhill guy--no outside running or anything--just between the guards and tackles."

This summer Sullen said he plans to compete in seven-on-seven events, go to combines and attend some camps at colleges. "I will probably come back to Auburn this summer," he said.

Sullen noted that he believes Auburn's coaches will enjoy having Liner on their team. "Dee Liner is unbelievable," the running back said. "He is a real good defensive end. I love running against him."

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