Deveaux Discusses Auburn Visit

Talented 2016 running back prospect Elijah Deveaux talks about visiting Auburn, the possibility of playing defense, his interest in baseball and more.

Charlotte, N.C.--A player who already has a pair of offers and plenty more interest even though he still has two years of high school remaining, talented Elijah Deveaux from Charlotte Christian made a trip to Auburn to check out the Tigers as coach Gus Malzahn's team goes through spring practice. Spending time with coaches on both offense and defense, the 6-0, 185 prospect said he really enjoyed getting to see Auburn for the first time.

"It was sweet," Deveaux said. "I got to check out spring practice and check out the dorms and how life would be like on campus. I got to interact with all of the coaches. I had the chance to talk with my position coach, Coach (Tim) Horton and also Coach (Gus) Malzahn. He was a really cool guy and I liked him.

"They also talked to me about possibly coming down and playing defensive back. That was something I was really open to and I like to hear from coaches. Offensively, Coach (Rhett) Lashlee said he likes to get the ball in his playmakers' hands. If I did go there, I would work hard and know Coach Lashlee would put the ball in mind hands."

In addition to meeting with Auburn's football coaches, Deveaux also spent time at Plainsman Park to watch the baseball Tigers get ready for a game. Getting to see the facilities and meet some of the baseball staff was important for him because he wants to be a two-sport athlete on the next level.

"I play baseball, too," Deveaux said. "That's something I would like to pursue in college. I would like to do both in college. The college staff was open to it as long as I wasn't just on the baseball staff, but actually playing. That's something I would like to do."

Auburn has had a long history of successful players splitting time between football and baseball in the spring, but it has been several years since that happened. While names such as Trey Gainous, Frank Sanders and Gabe Gross did both for the Tigers, two of the more prominent figures in all of sports accomplished the feat at Auburn as well with MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and the incomparable Bo Jackson among the group.

A running back himself, Deveaux said it's hard to top the possibility of being in the same company as Bo. Throw in the success and history of running backs at Auburn, including Tre Mason last season, and he said everything about the Tigers stands out to him.

"It's huge," Deveaux said. "Bo Jackson was a two-sport athlete and a heck of an athlete, that's all I can say. "Tre Mason was a balanced running back. He could run the ball and put people on his back, kind of do it all. That's what I like to see at the running back position, catching the ball and stuff like that."

Currently with offers from Mississippi State and Temple, Deveaux said an offer from Auburn would be big for him now that he's had the chance to see the Tigers. Focusing on upgrading the running back position this year by adding possibly two more backs, he said Auburn told him they're not sure what the position will look like for 2016 but he's not opposed to playing defensive back if that's what it takes.

As for where the Tigers stand now that he's seen them in person, Deveaux said he's just taking his time with everything and waiting to see how it all plays out.

"I have no real favorites just yet," Deveaux said. "I'll sit down with my parents before I put out a list or anything like that. I'm just kind of waiting. All of the schools that are pursuing me, I'm open to them. I don't have any favorites."


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