Junior Cornerback High On the Tigers

A class of 2015 football prospect from Nashville, who is expected to graduate early, talks about his interest in the Auburn Tigers.

Nashville, Tenn.--Ugo Amadi is getting plenty of attention from college football coaching staffs and the class of 2015 cornerback prospect said he is glad that Auburn is one of the programs interested.

Amadi was on the Auburn campus for a junior day to spend time with Head Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.

"The visit was great," said Amadi, an honor student at Overton High, who is planning on graduating in December and enrolling in college the following month.

"I got to talk to Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Coach (Melvin) Smith and the head coach," he said. "They gave me a great visit. It was my first junior day and I was very pleased with what I saw."

Lashlee recruits the Nashville area for the Tigers while Smith coaches cornerbacks.

"After visiting Auburn is really at the top of my list and I'm very thankful for everything that they've done for me and my coaches that brought me here," the prospect added.

"I'm very pleased with what they have educational-wise at Auburn with the occupational therapy center," said Amadi, who noted that his what he wants to study when he is a college student.

"Everything is close by so I feel like they are going to be putting pressure on me when it comes to education and practice all in the same day," he said. "I feel like as a student-athlete I could handle it."

Measuring in at 5-9 1/2, 180 pounds, the 16-year-old junior at Overton High made 43 tackles with 11 pass deflections and four interceptions last fall.

"In high school I play cornerback," he said. "I know Auburn plays a man defense the majority of the time and I feel like that I could fit in with that type of program and I feel like God blessed me with the ability to take it to the next level."

Amadi is a two-way performer in high school.

With SEC scholarship offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss , Kentucky and Mississippi State as well as offers from outside the league, Amadi noted that there could be another one on the way later this year from Auburn. "I feel like they want to, but they just want to see me in person actually on the field in camp," he said.

Amadi also got to play on offense as a junior. "I was a wildcat back and I rushed for 600 yards," he said. "I got to throw a couple of passes, too. One was a game-saving touchdown so I was really blessed with that because we hadn't thought about it much."

Amadi, who noted he was clocked at 4.4 at a Tennessee football camp last summer, plans to run track for Overton High this spring. "I run the 100 and my fastest time from last year was 11.2, but this year I'm looking for 11.0 or 10.9." he said.

A starter since his sophomore season in football, he will be captain of his team this fall after helping Overton go unbeaten in the regular season last year.

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